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Transcripts of audio used:

“We want to show, that the human spirit can prevail over the might of arms, and that we can bring about the change that we want through the strength of our convictions and through our perseverance. And we are convinced that we will be able to do it. We are absolutely confident that democracy will come to Burma. And it will come through non-violent means.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

“To protest here is to risk jail and torture. But today and for the past month people across Burma have dared to challenge one of the world’s most repressive regimes. The latest demonstrations are being led by Buddhist monks; a powerful force in a devout nation.” – Andrew Harding, Asia Correspondent, BBC

“There is a vast difference in the attitude of a man with a gun in his hand and that of one without a gun in his hand. When a man doesn’t have a gun in his hand (or a woman, for the matter), he or she tries harder to use his or her minds, a sense of compassion and intelligence, to work out a solution.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

Earlier, a smuggled video showed a very different scene: the deafening chant of a confident crowd marching peacefully through the city. But the moment was short-lived; the demonstrators flee. Soldiers bark orders as an injured protester is attended to by an anxious friend…” – Andrew Harding, Asia Correspondent, BBC

“We want to cut this vicious cycle that has gone on in Burma for some time, of people trying to change the political scene through the power of the gun.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

“But don’t forget that justice always has to be tempered by mercy. So when your time prevails don’t be unmerciful to your opponent. Because there’s none of us who could do without mercy.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

Piano, Strings, Synths, Editing: Richele Kuhlmann
Spoken Word: Aung San Suu Kyi, Andrew Harding – Asia Correspondent, BBC
Chanting: Monks, in Burma and around the world
Photo Credit: Photo of Aung San Suu Kyi by unknown photographer (not me). Courtesy of the internets.