Suu Kyi Greets Protesters in Myanmar

Detained Nobel laureate allowed to pray briefly with monks
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2007 10:34 AM CDT
Braving intense rain, Myanmar Buddhist monks march during a protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. Monks marched in Yangon for a fourth straight day Friday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The nonviolent protests that have rocked Myanmar got a boost from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi today as she greeted Buddhist monks outside the house where she has been a prisoner for four years. Guards loosened up the roadblock that has been in place since the protests began and allowed Suu Kyi and the monks a moment of silent prayer together.

Thousands have marched through Myanmar's cities this week to protest the ruling military junta, which denied Suu Kyi's democratic election in 1990. The protests began with dissatisfaction over economic mismanagement and fuel prices but have widened since the revered monks have joined in. Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.