Friday, August 31st, 2007


Linking arms for mutual support, grim in the face of plainclothes paramilitary gangs, small groups of protesters in Myanmar have staged street demonstrations for nearly two weeks in the most sustained defiance of the country’s ruling junta in a decade.
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Prominent Myanmar dissidents said Friday they fled into hiding because of the military government’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests, while U.S. President George W. Bush urged the junta to listen to activists, not arrest them.
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National Convention delegates finalized and endorsed Myanmar’s draft constitution on Friday and were prepared to wrap up the 15-year, charter-writing process next week, delegates said.
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The tortuous 14-year Constitution drafting Convention of the Burmese military junta has finally been wound up today, sources in Rangoon said.

The junta on Friday concluded the first step of its so-called ‘seven-point roadmap to democracy,’ and in a gesture of benevolence, awarded its senior delegates, attending the convention since its inception, permits to import vehicles, the source said. (more…)

Myanmar’s junta has barred the relatives of detained pro-democracy supporters from contacting their loved ones, some of whom are said to be on hunger strike, the families said Friday. (more…)

Nay Chi knows nothing of the mood of protest now gripping Burma. How can she? She’s just five months old-but she is as much a victim of regime repression as the protesters now in jail or in hiding. (more…)

Two men from the Arakan town of Taunggok were arrested this morning after staging a protest over high fuel prices, eyewitnesses told DVB.
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A Rangoon pro-junta journal has accused reporters working for foreign news agencies of conspiring with protestors to create instability in the country by taking advantage of a recent hike in fuel prices.
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Solo protestor U Aye Win, who was arrested after staging a demonstration on August 24 in the Irrawaddy town of Bassein, was released by township officials late last night.
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The appearance of a 17-month-old memo by business and industry leaders in Burma suggesting an end to government fuel subsidies is being interpreted in some circles as an attempt by the regime to redirect anger over recent sharp price increases.
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Despite converting to gas instead of oil to operate generators for power, thus saving on costs, the military administration has doubled the cost of electricity charged to the people in Mon state, Burma. And even after that supply of electricity is irregular.
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Indian has another opportunity of bagging three deepwater hydrocarbon blocks in eastern neighbourhood, Myanmar. ONGC Videsh (OVL) is considering to pick up stakes in three Rakhine offshore deepwater blocks: AD-2, AD-3 and AD-9. OVL, along with Gail, already has 30% interest in two gas producing blocks A1 and A3 in Myanmar.
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The steep increases in the price of fuel and basic commodities are also causing hardship for Burma’s HIV/AIDS patients.
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The Burmese military junta’s secrecy over HIV/AIDS infection in the country has Indian officials tearing their hair. With the junta’s administration concealing facts on the disease programmes to control the spread of the endemic is being seriously jeopardized.
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August 29, The Japanese Parliamentary Group Supporting Democratization in Myanmar
On the actions taken by the Myanmar government against peaceful protests by Myanmar citizens
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US President George W. Bush on Thursday strongly condemned the Myanmar military junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protestors and called for the release of those who have been jailed. (more…)

Today has been declared a “Europe-wide Day of Action on Burma” in an effort to further raise the profile of events taking place in Burma and looking to force the European Union into adopting a more active and forceful stance regarding the military regime in Burma.
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A call to convene multi-party talks on Burma along the lines of the six-party talks on North Korea to facilitate reforms and transition in Burma marked the end of the two-day conference of eminent Burmese political thinkers in exile.
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Ahead of next week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Sydney, Australia, a United States official says that President Bush plans to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss recent events in Burma with Asian Heads of State in attendance.
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The military junta has proven incapable of efficiently and effectively governing Burma, this is a given. But from where can it be expected that ground-level leadership will arise at critical junctures ahead? The recent waves of small-scale protests across Burma point to a crisis in leadership, not only with respect to the military, but in relation to all the primary voices and parties in opposition. (more…)

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