Wednesday, September 12th, 2007


A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a man to four years jail for a solo protest calling on Buddhist monks to turn their backs on junta supremo Senior General Than Shwe, the opposition said on Wednesday.
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New tactics of persuading the monks by the military authorities have clearly be seen.
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The Burmese military government has limited alms rounds to one hour and ordered a curfew at some monasteries across Burma, following increased tension between the authorities and monks.
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Alarmed over a statement by an underground association of monks that they would stage a demonstration, authorities in Mandalay the second largest city of Burma (Myanmar) stopped people from listening to the Dhamma (Buddhist teaching).
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In continuing actions by the junta aimed at a news black-out, foreign correspondents in Burma are now the latest victims.
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Members of the families of activists detained in recent demonstrations have appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help them discover where the detainees are being held after an inconclusive visit to Insein prison on Tuesday.
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Kachin youths are being engaged by officials of the Kachin cultural museum in Myitkyina to participate at a function supporting the National Convention in Burma’s new jungle capital, Naypyitaw, sources said.
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Ironically the Burmese junta’s recent efforts to introduce a measure of Western-inspired economic liberalization, by withdrawing fuel subsidies, seems to have back-fired and brought people out onto the streets in a series of rare public protests emanding that fuel and food prices be reduced.
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Hundreds of migrant workers have been arrested in Samut Sakhorn west of Bangkok, Thailand, according to eye witnesses.
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Burma’s military rulers, conditioned by years of fighting ethnic minority insurgents, always consider surprise a tactical advantage. And Burma’s 52m people were indeed shocked when they awoke last month to increases of up to 500 per cent in rationed fuel prices and jumps in bus and taxi fares and other prices.
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Monks from Irrawaddy division’s Ma-ubin township said today that high commodity prices have forced them to start skipping meals as the impact of the recent fuel hikes deepens.
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Some companies from Thailand, China, Malaysia and Russia will invest in Myanmar’s first prospective cyber city of Yadanabon in the early phase of its development, local media reported Wednesday.
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Myanmar and Sri Lanka have projected to increase their bilateral volume by four fold this year to reach 25 million U.S. dollars from over 6 million dollars in the previous years, the local Pyi Myanmar reported Wednesday.
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A bus carrying dozens of detained illegal immigrants from Myanmar crashed into a ravine in northern Malaysia, killing six of them and a Malaysian, police said Wednesday.
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The International Labour Organization called on Wednesday for the immediate release of six Burmese labor activists who were sentenced to life imprisonment last week on charges of bringing the regime in contempt.
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The United States has demanded that Myanmar provide access to scores of activists who were detained following the worst protests against the military government in a decade, citing reports that many of them have been beaten in custody.
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Recent protests in Burma by democracy activists, defiant monks and other citizens objecting to an unprecedented spike in fuel prices have sparked a brutal crackdown by the country’s ruling military junta and cast a new spotlight on the gravity of conditions in the resource-rich country.
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