"The beating of the monks is the greatest irreparable wrong in history." a National League for Democracy representative on the violent dispersal of anti-government protests in Burma, as quoted by the BBC
"This is a remarkable day in Burmese history and Theravada Buddhism history." Ko Htay Kywe, protest leader
"Myanmar [Burma] is now witnessing mass demonstrations comparable in scale to those in 1988, when security forces broke up massive pro-democracy demonstrations with deadly violence killing thousands." Irene Khan, Amnesty International
"All the members of the Sangha (clergy) residing in the Union of Myanmar are directed to avoid getting involved in party politics and instigation." a directive from New Light of Myanmar, a government newspaper
''We prove today that what the government paper said, that there was only two percent of all monks joining the protest, is not true.'' a monk said defiantly in speech delivered Sep 21 in Yangon
"The riot police started to beat up the monks. We were peacefully chanting prayers. They used tear gas and some monks were hit. Some monks were injured." a monk at Shwedagon Pagoda told the BBC
"It is our obligation as Japan's most influential newspaper to tell our readers who was responsible for starting the Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War."
"I agree with Gen Surayud Chulanont that this (military-installed) government is transparent. It's transparently a dictatorship."
"I disagree with the coup. The problem was Thaksin (Shinawatra) but it was resolved by tearing apart the Constitution. It's not right."
"If I had really orchestrated this, I wouldn't have done it this way. My plot would have been much more sophisticated. . . . If I had done it, I guarantee that the prime minister wouldn't have survived my assassination attempt."