LONDON (AFP) — Irish rocker and activist Bono said Wednesday he was praying that the peaceful campaign against Myanmar's military junta would finally triumph and expressed concern over the deteriorating situation.
Speaking at the British premiere of the film "Across the Universe", the U2 frontman said: "It is extraordinary to see the Buddhist monks isn't it? Their non-violence may, I pray, win out over the ugliness of the situation."
"There is jeopardy. I slept uneasily last night and I'm sure everyone else that watched did too.
"How far are they going to have to go?"
He added: "In Britain, (Prime Minister) Gordon Brown has shown some leadership as has (US President George W. Bush) George Bush. Everyone should keep their fingers crossed and say your prayers for them."
The country's security forces used batons, tear gas and live rounds Wednesday in a violent crackdown on mass protests against the military junta, killing at least four people including three Buddhist monks.
Up to 100,000 people defied heavy security to take to the streets of the main city Yangon, marching and shouting abuse at police despite blunt warnings from the ruling generals who are facing the most serious challenge to their rule in nearly two decades.
The singer said that he admired detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, noting: "I've always followed her progress and that of the Burmese people."
"She is a study in grace and they are a study in patience."
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