Thursday, August 30th, 2007


Twelve elected members of parliament staged a peaceful protest in Mandalay this afternoon in a show of solidarity with the detained leaders of the 88 Generation Students group.
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A group of about 25 people marched through the Mandalay town of Kyaukpadaung this morning, protesting fuel price hikes and calling for the release of political prisoners in Burma.
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A group of pro-democracy protesters detained in military-ruled Myanmar launched a hunger strike Thursday, demanding that authorities provide medical treatment for a wounded colleague, activists said.
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Photographs of 88 generation student leaders, who are still at large, have been circulated and arrest warrants issued by the Burmese military junta in Rangoon.
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Myanmar’s military junta tightened the net around leaders of a rare string of protests on Thursday, raiding homes of known activists and their friends and distributing their photographs in a Yangon-wide manhunt.
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Burmese households are being urged in an anti-regime pamphlet campaign to protest noisily on three evenings in September by banging pots and pans.
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Over the past 10 days, military-ruled Burma has been hit by a wave of small, peaceful protest marches by defiant activists and citizens infuriated by a sharp increase in rationed fuel prices. But the regime has moved swiftly and aggressively to prevent these acts of defiance from gathering momentum, using thugs to snuff out the protests and haul the participants away. (more…)

Burma’s military government has ordered local officials and hotels to be on the look-out for key pro-democracy activists as it tries to squash unusually persistent protests sparked by fuel price hikes, an official said on Thursday.
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With government-backed gangsters taking charge of security, ‘Burma is under Thug’s rule’ according to veteran Burmese politician U Win Naing, who today appealed to the international community to come to the protection of the Burmese people.
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The grind of everyday life, fear of being beaten up and a lack of belief in people power as a weapon against a ruthless military junta suggest a string of protests in Myanmar will not snowball into a mass uprising. (more…)

The Shan State Army (SSA) South leader Col Yawdserk, while  “heartily” welcoming the outgoing Thai Amy commander-in-chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin’s acceptance of Pyinmana’s request “to do everything he could to encourage the rebel groups to come to the table,” according to Bangkok Post, has stated his terms for negotiations with the junta. (more…)

Rare protests against the military regime in Myanmar have not so far hit the country’s small but growing tourism industry, government and industry officials said Thursday.
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More than 200 poultry died early this week in Mae Surin, a Karenni temporary refugee camp in Mae Hong Son, causing officials to suspect a bird flu outbreak and cull other birds, according to the camp’s health department. (more…)

Believing it ASEAN’s responsibility as an international organization, and labeling the situation in Burma a threat to regional peace and security, a consortium of 23 organizations and individuals have drafted a letter calling for the immediate intervention of ASEAN onto the Burma scene. (more…)

As the number or those detained in recent protests climbs over the 100 mark, a regional solidarity network is insisting that the international community come now to the aid and assistance of the people of Burma. (more…)

American politicians issued urgent calls for Myanmar’s military government to stop its repression as the junta Thursday hunted down pro-democracy activists it blames for spearheading protests against rising fuel prices.
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New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the Burmese government’s restriction of news coverage of recent nationwide protests over an August 15 government decision to end fuel price subsidies. (more…)

The rare demonstrations in Rangoon and beyond are persistent and are likely to continue for some time. But since the regime has arrested and detained several key activists and prominent former student leaders, including Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, who led the 1988 uprising, the fragile movement is increasingly faced with the question: who will lead the public and what direction will it take? (more…)

The most striking feature of the remarkable protests taking place across Burma for the past 10 days is that they are taking place at all. That Southeast Asian nation is ruled by one of the world’s most repressive and brutal regimes, led by dictator Than Shwe. (more…)

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today announced plans for a day of fasting on Tuesday 4 September and a day of prayer on Sunday 9 September in response to the current crisis in Burma. These actions are being organised in conjunction with Burma Campaign UK.
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