Thursday, August 23rd, 2007


Demonstration in Rangoon, July 22, 2007

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The National League for Democracy released a statement today calling on the Burmese military to hold talks with the opposition over its recent decision to increase fuel prices by up to 500 percent.
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Defiant pro-democracy activists took to the streets Thursday for the third time this week, forming a human chain to try to prevent officers from dragging them into waiting trucks and buses.
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A gang of supporters of Myanmar’s military rulers broke up a small protest in Yangon on Thursday as the arrest of 13 leading dissidents did little to quash public anger at soaring fuel prices and falling living standards.
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[Breaking News - Live] Indian Standard Time – 4:40 p.m
Interview with demonstrator in Singapore
“Two police vehicles arrived while we were demonstrating and about 10 police approached us. They asked us to show our identity cards, addresses, university IDs, and phone numbers in detail. And the police forced us to go back. (more…)

Thailand’s energy authority EGAT held talks with leaders of the Karen National Union on Thursday on a controversial proposal to build a dam on the Salween River, which has run into strong opposition by local villagers.
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Public protests have broken out across Burma’s old capital Rangoon after the military government unexpectedly removed fuel-price subsidies, resulting in a 500% spike in rationed fuel prices.
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Thirty years ago, Swe thought she was heading into the good life as the wife of a successful civil servant in Burma.
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The Thai Public Health Ministry will establish another 300 malaria treatment units along border areas to try to combat the disease.
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The US and Canada on Wednesday condemned the Burmese military junta’s crackdown on popular demonstrations in Rangoon, protesting against the recent sharp rise in fuel prices. The UN too expressed its concern over the detention of Burmese activists who participated in the protests. (more…)

The New York-based Human Rights Watch Thursday slammed Myanmar’s junta for detaining a score of anti-inflation protesters in Yangon, claiming the arrests violate “fundamental rights of assembly.”
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History is repeating itself in Burma-20 years after the end of Ne Win’s socialist government the present regime is making the same mistake as the one that led to the former dictator’s downfall. From its power base in Naypyidaw, the current military regime is handing down administrative edicts without any regard for the consequences they hold for the Burmese people.
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The rights of Myanmar’s people are so trampled that they are not even allowed to object to hefty petrol price rises foisted on them last week without announcement or explanation by the military regime. Peaceful protests have been broken up with arrests and beatings, invalidating repeated claims by the junta that it is dedicated to restoring democracy.
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Call Follows Public Pronouncements from US, UK, French Governments
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The Burma Campaign UK has received reports from Burma that the regime ruling the country is building up its military presence in Rangoon, as protests continue for a second day, despite attempts by the regime to suppress protest.
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Burma’s military regime is preparing to crack down on continuing protests which have resulted from their decision to increase fuel prices by 500 per cent. Almost all the leading democracy activists have been arrested for organising some of the biggest protests in Burma in a decade.
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The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) urges the military rulers of Myanmar to immediately release Burmese student leaders and human rights activists who have been arrested in Yangon over the last  hree days during peaceful protests against the increase of petrol  prices in the country. (more…)

Prague – After nineteen years of having their basic human rights trampled, the people of Burma are again in the streets – and so is the army. (more…)