Protests by Buddhist monks in Myanmar continue to surge, with today's the largest against the ruling military junta in 20 years, Reuters reports. Tens of thousands of monks and residents packed the streets of Yangon and other cities. So far, military leaders have been quiet, but fears are growing of a crackdown similar to one in 1988 that killed 3,000, BBC says.
Whatever happens is likely to happen soon, as the monks are "getting braver every day," according to a local diplomat. The protests began a month ago over soaring fuel prices but have since become a general indictment against the government's rule. The US and Myanmar's neighbors, fed up with the slow pace of reforms, expressed sympathy for the protesters.