PEOPLE POWER IN BURMA It all started with a fuel price hike of 200-400%. Protesters took to the streets and a few weeks later were joined by Buddhist monks (who initially were asking for an apology for the SPDC beating a fellow monk in the preceding weeks). At the height of the protests, 100,000 people joined in the marches. Then came the restriction. A night-time curfew was imposed and monks were arrested by the thousands. Whilst the official death toll stands at 13, beaten monks and dissidents claim it to be much more. Unconfirmed reports have been filtering out of the mass-beatings and possible killing of the monks in the aftermath. NOTE: Articles appearing on this page reflect only the views of the author and not those of the Voices for Burma.