Burmese monks stage rare protest
Five monks have locked themselves inside a building at a religious compound in Burma in a rare protest against the hardline government.
The monks have locked themselves in a building in the city of Mandalay and have draped banners outside bearing the messages: "We want freedom", "free all political prisoners" and "stop civil war now".
The protest comes a day after the first anniversary of the release of democracy icon and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.
The release of a second wave of political prisoners from the country's jails was also expected Monday but has not occurred.
Demonstrations by monks are rare in Burma, especially since their 2007 'Saffron Revolution' was brutally put down by the military.