Monday, September 17th, 2007


leading Burmese activist who has been in hiding for weeks says that potential protest demonstrations in coming days will probably be organized better than those in the 1988 nationwide pro-democracy uprising but the prospect of bloodshed is high.
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More than 600 monks in the central and upper areas of Burma have taken part in peaceful demonstrations in preparation for refusing alms from the families of military personnel on Tuesday, September 18.
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More than 20 monks from the Irrawaddy township of Henzada were hospitalised on Saturday after contracting serious bouts of food poisoning, residents told DVB.
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The 88-Generation Students group has sent a letter to the leaders of the Chinese government and Asean calling for their help in achieving reconciliation and democratic reforms in Burma.
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Burmese monks released a second statement on Saturday saying monks should not accept alms from members of the military government and their supporters, starting on Monday, and called for a demonstration of monks nationwide on Tuesday.
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Several hundred student monks called Koyins, mysteriously disappeared early this morning from the four main Buddha monasteries in Myitkyina Town, capital of Kachin State in Northern Burma, said local devotees.
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The people of Burma are turning ever more to outside broadcasts and the media in exile to learn the latest news about the continuing protests against recent price hikes.
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The Burmese military has reportedly stepped up its restrictions on Muslims, with several Rangoon and Mandalay residents claiming they have been banned from praying in large groups.
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No matter what the Burmese military junta tells the world, it has gone back to recruiting child soldiers. In the process of the mass recruitment into the Burma Army, since early this month in Kachin State, middle and high school students are being forcibly inducted.  Such is the fear generated by this that many youth have fled and are in hiding in paddy fields and forests.  Machyangbaw village now has only children, women and elders left. The army has threatened to recruit girls now.
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There was an uncontrolled rush among depositors in Mandalay , who panicked to withdraw their savings last week amidst anxiety about political instability in Burma.
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Myanmar will auction off more precious gems and jewellery in November in the fifth such sale this year aimed at bringing foreign currency into the isolated nation, state media reported Sunday.
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The enduring image of Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle is of brightly colored poppy fields, opium-smoking hill tribes and heroin labs hidden in the jungle.
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China will reinforce transportation cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by opening “four north-south and two east-west” trunk transport routes. (more…)

Buddhist monks in Burma have stepped up their protests against the military authorities and warned of their intention to hold “patam nikkujjana kamma”-meaning a refusal to accept alms from members of the military regime and their families or to attend religious ceremonies held by them. (more…)

The dramatic wave of demonstrations inside Burma in 1988 (popularly known as the “8888 Uprising”) took place amidst a virtual media vacuum. The dearth of real-time historical documentation of events clearly attests to this fact. The stories of those who fell in the face of bullets were left largely to be told at a later date. Still today, there is no accurate information on the number killed or disappeared as a result of the government’s heavy handed reaction. (more…)

New Delhi’s support of the regime in Rangoon severely damages its international credibility
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A Burmese political exile recently asked me with despair in her voice, how can we get the international community to take action against the regime in Burma? She had been forced to leave Burma when still a child because her village had been attacked by soldiers. She joined hundreds of thousands of Burmese refugees in camps on the Thailand-Burma border. (more…)