Friday, August 24th, 2007


Thailand and Myanmar have discussed a possibility of a joint venture for an investment in a marine pipeline construction to supply more natural gas from the M-9 field located in Myanmar.

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Members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association violently bashed and arrested more than 30 activists today in separate incidents around Rangoon.
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Myanmar’s military junta moved swiftly Friday to crush the latest in a series of protests against fuel price hikes, arresting more than 10 activists in front of Yangon City Hall before they could launch any action, witnesses said.
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The 88 Generation Students announced today that protests that had been ongoing for the past three days will be intensified beginning from 24 August.
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Some 200 monks demonstrated peacefully in Thanlyin, Rangoon, on the night of 20 August to protest the authorities’ order to monasteries in Thanlyin not to allow monks to venture outside at night, reports a monk from Rangoon.
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Myanmar security forces Friday arrested a group of 20 protesters as they prepared to rally outside the Yangon city hall, activists said.
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Members of the pro-government civilian organization Union Solidarity and Development Association have hired casual laborers and unemployed people to intimidate and attack protesters engaged in the nonviolent promotion of democracy and human rights in Burma, according to sources in Rangoon. (more…)

In a defiant stand against the military junta, activists in Burma took to the streets yesterday for the third time in less than a week to protest against rising fuel prices and soaring inflation. Once again the march was broken up by the security forces, who dragged away up to a dozen protesters.
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Reporters and photographers covering the protest demonstrations in Rangoon complained on Friday that they were being harassed by the authorities and pro-regime elements.
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Burma’s ruling junta has warned residents to avoid using some brands of medicine and toothpaste imported from China, Thailand and the Philippines, which it has deemed “unsafe” because they may contain poisonous chemicals, according to shop owners in northern Burma and state-run press reports.
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Southeast Asia’s main lawmakers’ group may let the victors of Burma’s 1990 election join its annual congress, officials said Friday-a rare recognition of pro-democracy politicians exiled from the military-ruled country.
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ASEAN energy ministers agreed Thursday to set up a caucus on nuclear energy safety as more countries in the region pursue nuclear energy programs, ASEAN officials said, The Nation reports.
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Following days of demonstrations and arrests in Burma, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, yesterday, called on the military government to adhere to the “spirit of the efforts of mutual engagement being pursued by the United Nations in the context of his good offices.”
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The sudden fuel price increases that triggered street protests and a political crackdown in Burma this week highlighted not only the country’s economic woes and the incompetence of the ruling generals but also the country’s political problems. (more…)

“Recent peaceful demonstrations in Rangoon by leaders of the 88 Generation Students is an expression of widely felt discontent and despair among the people of Burma. Triggered by steep increases in fuel prices, these demonstrations appear to be a logical consequence of many years of political repression and economic mismanagement. (more…)