BURMA: Open the Door, Jailer

The main cellblock of Rangoon's big central jail rang to a chorus of angry chants: "Rebellion, Rebellion; Rise, Rise. Jail, Jail; Open, Open!" The Prisoners' Union — latest manifestation of a contagious Burman fever for organizing — was holding a protest meeting.

The 40 members listened gravely to their leaders (two well-educated robbers) and solemnly passed a resolution, proposed by a Buddhist monk, which censured the Government for using batons in breaking up Communist demonstrations, and arresting demonstrators before their wounds had healed. The prisoners warned that if the Government did not meet its demands, the union would not be...

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