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(NYT59) MANDALAY, Myanmar -- Oct. 23, 2007 -- MYANMAR-MONKS -- Young novice monks learn Buddhist text in their monastary at a Buddhist University in Mandalay, Myanmar in October 2007. For decades, two powerful institutions have shaped Burmese life: the 500,000-member Buddhist clergy, which commands a moral authority over the population, and Senior Gen. Than Shwe's junta, whose 450,000-strong military keeps the population in check with intimidation. Their uneasy coexistence has shattered. After scattered demonstrations erupted against sharp increases in fuel prices in August, thousands of monks took to the streets to protest the junta's economic mismanagement and political repression. The military responded with batons and bullets. (The New York Times)

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