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1. H. Breitkreut - October 7, 2007

Letter to the nuns and monks of Burma, to the National Liga for Democracy and to Aung San Suu Kyi “We stand by you” from 70 members of the East German opposition and civil rights movement of 1989

“Dear friends,

it is with great confidence, although mixed with fear and concern, that we are watching you from afar. With admiration and deep felt sympathy we witness your struggle for freedom and self-determination.

Just like the nuns and monks are leaving their monasteries to carry the torch of freedom to society in Burma today, we as East German Christians and dissidents carried the protest out of the churches into the streets and to the people of the GDR in 1989. When we see you, we see ourselves, and we want to assure you that we are hoping and fearing with you, even though you have to fight on your own.

We have experienced what can happen when protest leaves the sanctuaries and steps out into the crowd. …

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