Saturday, August 25th, 2007


The European Union views with concern the recent arrests by the Government of Burma /Myanmar of several leaders of the opposition, notably from the group “Generation 88”, who were protesting against the sharp rise of fuel prices and the economic burdens being heaped on the Burmese people. (more…)

Myanmar’s junta was interrogating 13 activists arrested for organising a rally against the regime over its massive hike in fuel prices ahead of likely legal action, state media said Saturday.
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Myanmar’s junta has detained at least 65 activists who protested fuel-price hikes, a state-controlled newspaper and witnesses reported, including two arrested Saturday as they were about to launch a fresh demonstration.
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A group of 13 activists arrested for organising a rally against Myanmar’s junta over its massive hike in fuel prices have been sent to the country’s notorious Insein prison, a source said Saturday.
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Burmese authorities are desperately hunting down key activists following what has been a series of small, guerilla-style protests that began last Sunday. One of the authorities’ major weapons has been to conduct thorough searches of their homes and confiscate “illegal items.”
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More activists were arrested and the Burmese military junta deployed pro-government gangs on the streets of Rangoon foiling the planned massive combined protest on Friday. The gangs of USDA members were arming themselves with knives and batons to thwart the demonstrators in Tamwe Township.
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More than 150 people in Mogok in Mandalay Division held a peaceful protest on Saturday against rising commodity and fuel prices without arrests or interference by authorities, according to a leading protester.
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Main Road in Kalay, Sagaing division- House owners residing along Bogyoke Road in Kalay town, Sagaing division, Burma have been ordered to broaden the road in front of their homes at their own cost.
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While Bangladesh is going slow about marking its deep sea boundary in the Bay of Bengal for the last three years, neighbouring India and Myanmar are busy discovering huge gas reserves in the bay close to Bangladesh territory.
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The Burmese military dictatorship may be tightening the already restricted telecommunication channels in the country to prevent information about the ongoing mass protests and arrests in Rangoon from leaking out, according to SEAPA sources. (more…)