Wednesday, August 8th, 2007


About 500 opponents of Myanmar’s military regime on Wednesday mourned the deaths of hundreds killed in a pro-democracy uprising 19 years ago, and warned that the junta could face renewed public unrest.
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Over 1,000 Burmese people in Rangoon today mourned as they marked the 19th anniversary of the historic and bloody uprising on August 8, 1988, where the army gunned down hundreds of peaceful demonstrators.
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Prominent Burmese human rights activist Su Su Nway complained on Wednesday that she had been harassed by security police and a photographer while visiting the Shwedagon pagoda in Rangoon on Tuesday.
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Local villagers are fining it extremely difficult to work in the farms because of land mines planted around Nan Mahuu village, Loi Lin Lay ward and Loi Kaw Township, said a local.
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Several ‘Chained-Kachin State Map’ posters have been unusually pasted around Kachin State’s capital, Myitkyina in northern Burma since Sunday, said local residents.
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A Thai businessman, Pi Toi from Hto Phu Kyeing village, Mae Hong Song district was killed last Friday by the Karenni Nationalities Liberation Front (KNLF) a ceasefire group. He was a business partner of the KNLF.
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Chinese media continue to report about port developments along Burma’s Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea coasts, yet eyewitness accounts from the region indicate that little or nothing is happening.
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Myanmar, as a new member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is experiencing inevitably a process of merging into the integration of the regional bloc like other similar fresh members.
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Pro-democracy activists in Myanmar and their supporters across Southeast Asia marked the anniversary Wednesday of a popular uprising that was brutally crushed by the military, which retains an iron grip on power.
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The UN special adviser on Myanmar said Wednesday he hoped the junta’s ongoing constitutional talks would eventually lead to the release of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Flashback to July 19, 1997. The hot, sticky morning air in Rangoon is no different than usual, but on this day, it is said, history changing events are to occur. (more…)

(1) Today is the 19th year anniversary of the 1988 popular democracy uprising in Burma, which is remembered to this day as a great event not only in the history of Burma, but also of the world.
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