Monday, August 27th, 2007


Htay Kywe, a student activist who had the Burmese military junta hot on his heels, for his key role in the recent protests over the fuel price hike, fled to the Thai-Burma border, a colleague told Mizzima today.
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About 50 pro-democracy activists were arrested Monday outside Yangon, as the Myanmar junta clamped down on dissent following a series of protests last week against a sharp hike in fuel prices. (more…)

Ko Htay Kywe, the only 88 Generation Students member to have avoided arrest in the past week, has joined calls from a number of groups for United Nations action on Burma.
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Burma’s long-running National Convention to draw up guidelines for drafting a new state charter will finish its final session next week, according to a delegate attending the current assembly.
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At least 100 people have been detained over last week’s anti-government protests in Myanmar, according to exiled dissidents who released a report Monday documenting the cases.
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Burma’s military leaders have been trying to persuade monks in Mandalay not to take part in protests that began last week in response to a sharp rise in fuel and commodity prices, according to local monks.
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The continuing protests over the massive hike in prices of fuel have now spawned anti-government posters. They were pasted in market places and schools in Aung Lan Town of Magwe in central Burma on Sunday, residents said.
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Photographs, video clips and firsthand news reports about the recent protest demonstrations against the Burmese government’s fuel prices increases appeared in some international media on the same day.
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Indian standard Time – 3:46 p.m – For security reasons, high school students in Thone Guah Township, in Rangoon Division, have been restricted since Saturday from returning home during lunch break.
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Akyab: The Principal of Akyab University has requested that students who use buses to refrain from walking to school during school hours, said a  student.
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More than 1000 people have fled Burmese military attacks in northern Karen State since the start of the month, according to fresh reports from aid groups operating in the area.
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A Thailand-based Burmese rights group on Monday called on the international community and the UN Security Council to address political and economic reforms in Burma.
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Endowed with vast energy resources, military ruled Myanmar wants to be a major supplier of oil and gas to its neighbours, a government official said Monday.
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Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, Thailand’s army commander-in-chief, is expected to discuss border policy with Burma’s top generals during a state visit to Naypyidaw that also marks part of the outgoing army chief’s farewell tour of the region.
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The United Nations Monday warned fuel price hikes in Myanmar could worsen the country’s precarious economic situation, as dozens of pro-democracy activists resumed their protests against the increase.
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Myanmar should immediately release about 65 protesters arrested earlier this month during a demonstration against fuel price increases, the top U.N. human rights official said.
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Washington, DC The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has named Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas and Burmese investigative reporter May Thingyan Hein as the 2007 Knight International Journalism Award winners. (more…)

The heavy-handed political crackdown and brutal physical attacks on democracy groups in Burma have drawn headlines in the international media, prompting the EU, individual Western governments and the UN to respond with statements of censure and demands for detainees to be released.
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Rare public protests against hike in fuel prices indicate rare opportunity to bring about change (more…)

Five months ago, Maung Maung Kyaw Win left his home in Myanmar, fearing for
his life.
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