Sunday, August 26th, 2007


Myanmar’s military junta arrested a key social activist and organiser of a rare series of fuel price protests yesterday after a manhunt across Yangon for the few dissidents to have evaded a four-day crackdown.
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The 88 Generation Students have appealed to the United Nations and the international community to act in time to help stop the ongoing arrests in Burma. (more…)

A recent increase in fuel prices that sparked a series of rare protests in Burma was triggered by spiraling global oil prices and was not a political move, a diplomat from the impoverished Southeast Asian nation said Sunday.
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A statement issued on Saturday from representatives of 12 ethnic opposition parties in Burma called for the immediate release of human rights activists and protesters arrested after demonstrations against a sharp spike in fuel and commodity prices in the country.
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According to the latest news in hand, we have learned that the person who is closely supervising the use of force in the arrests in Rangoon is Colonel Than Han, the same officer who was in charge of the violent attack [on National League for Democracy members and supporters] in Depayin. (more…)

A week of protests over fuel price hikes present no immediate threat to Burma’s military rulers because very few people joined the demonstrations and the key organizers were swiftly detained, analysts said Sunday. (more…)

Thailand’s army commander-in-chief Gen Sonthi Boonyratglin, the leader of the coup that ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, will visit Burma on Monday for a two-day official trip, according to a report on Sunday in the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Chicagoland members of advocacy group US Campaign for Burma will participate in a silent march in downtown Chicago this Sunday, August 26, culminating in a rally in front of the Chinese consulate to demand that China support UN Security Council Action against the military rulers of the Southeast Asian country of Burma. Burma’s military junta recently imprisoned a dozen prominent human rights activists and mobilized heavy troop presence in Burma’s largest city, Rangoon, in response to protests against fuel price increases.
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It is an important obligation of a good government to arrange and carry out its plan to make public’s basic physiological needs for a living and social life to be convenient.
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The people of Burma (Myanmar) have been publicly protesting against the arbitrary and dramatic increase of fuel prices since 21 August 2007. The protests that started in Rangoon (Yangon) have been spreading to other parts of Burma despite a brutal crackdown by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The junta has arrested a considerable number of 88 generation student leaders and youth leaders from the National League for Democracy (NLD). (more…)