Thomas, only the second Black Supreme Court justice, delivered the Tocqueville Lecture at the invitation of the Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government.
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The religious sister said that she views kneeling as a “gesture of reconciliation” that also communicates forgiveness of one’s enemies.
Speaking to Reuters, Sr. Tawng said: “I begged them not to hurt the protesters, but to treat them kindly, like family members.”
In a Feb. 3 statement, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon asked the military to release “the voice of our people” Aung San Suu Kyi, and called the coup “shocking.”
The nuns were also forced to remove religious symbols, such as crosses and statues of saints from inside the convent, or face the demolition of their convent.