Tuesday, September 4th, 2007


Around 1,000 people staged a peaceful protest march in northwest Myanmar on Tuesday demanding the release of two men arrested for demonstrating against a sudden rise in fuel prices, residents and marchers said.
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Pro-democracy activists demanded medical treatment Tuesday for scores of injured protesters imprisoned in Myanmar following demonstrations over high fuel prices, as 41 detainees continued a hunger strike.
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A group of about 25 National League for Democracy members staged a protest in the Chin capital of Hakha this morning, eyewitnesses told DVB.
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After 14 years of on-and-off sessions, a constitutional convention in Myanmar produced a set of charter guidelines Monday, the first step on a ”road map to democracy” whose end is still not in sight.
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The whereabouts of many of Burma’s leading pro-democracy activists, arrested following the recent crackdown on demonstrations, remains a mystery, according to sources close to those arrested.
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Defiant activists held a protest over high fuel prices in the hometown of Myanmar’s military leader Monday, as the British prime  minister joined calls for the United Nations to take action against the  regime’s brutal crackdown on a rare wave of dissent.
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The first sign of renewed unrest in Kachin State was in evidence this evening, with students in Myitkyina University putting up a poster demanding a roll back in oil prices and scrapping the outcome of the National Convention. The appearance of the posters coincides with the conclusion of the Burmese military junta’s National Convention.
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In the Burmese Army, where corruption is a way of life, in a rare instance, a battalion commander of Burma’s Northeastern Military command has been arrested and interrogated. His property has been seized, a source in the military said. (more…)

Thailand’s state-run utility Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) decided Tuesday to suspend its exploration for a new hydropower dam on Salween River until safety is ensured.
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Burmese citizens despite holding identity cards (ID) cannot travel freely. It is mandatory for people travelling to pay taxes, an euphemism for extortion, for trips they make. Most people travelling by cars to the border have to shell out money to the authorities.
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Plans by the German biotech corporation Bayer to introduce a new hybrid rice variety to Burma have run into stiff opposition from environmentalists, who warn that the project could plunge farmers into heavy debt.
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Prominent Burmese peo-democracy activist Su Su Nway, who remains in hiding from Burmese authorities, has run out of her prescribed medicine for heart disease.
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Nearly a hundred Burmese pro-democracy activists in New Delhi today condemned the Burmese military junta for resorting to violent means to rein in peaceful protesters and urged India to raise its voice and mount pressure on the junta to desist from high handedness.
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As is part of a global action by Burmese pro-democracy activists, 15 supporters in Seoul, South Korea today urged the Burmese military junta to immediately release prominent student leader Min Ko Naing and others arrested in the recent spate of protests in Rangoon and other parts of Burma. (more…)

The United Nations’ World Food Programme is seeking to increase dramatically the provision of emergency food aid in military-ruled Burma, especially to former poppy farmers impoverished by opium eradication campaigns.
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The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, said in a letter published by a leading American newspaper on Tuesday that the Burmese regime’s response to recent demonstrations was “all the more disappointing, as it runs counter to the spirit of the good offices mandate.”
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European Union Parliament Ministers will vote, Thursday, on a resolution aimed at strengthening a common European approach to facilitating aid and fostering reconciliation inside Burma. (more…)

It must take a very special kind of courage for people to give up all they hold dear-family, livelihood, convivial evenings with friends-for a democratic cause that they know in advance offers no short road to freedom but only to the confines of a prison cell.
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Although the human rights abuses carried out by Myanmar’s military are widely known, the harm done to the country’s environment is frequently neglected. Since assuming direct power in 1988, the military junta has been conducting an unrelenting assault on Myanmar’s flora and fauna. (more…)

The “National Convention” concluded by the Burmese regime yesterday is a sham. Delegates to the convention were hand-picked by the regime and have not been allowed to engage in open debate about a new constitution. (more…)

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