Thursday, September 20th, 2007


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Several monks taking part in the 1000-strong protest in Rangoon today waved placards calling for UN action on Burma as Security Council members in New York prepared for a briefing on the situation.
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The twin brother of ailing Burmese prime minister general Soe Win has died from an unknown illness, according to a death notice placed by his family in the state-run press.
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A group of about 200 monks from the South Dagon Nikal Ngar Yat monastery, which is sponsored by the wife of junta leader senior general Than Shwe, staged a protest against the government early this morning.
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Monks from the high-profile Zawtikayon and Yankin monasteries in Monywa defied warnings from local authorities and staged a protest march against government harassment today.
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Indian Standard Time – 4:45 p.m – Protesting Monks in Rangoon today dispersed after the two groups had joined forces at downtown Rangoon in Sule Pagoda. The monks have been followed by thousands of civilians through out their march, said an eyewitness.
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In a growing campaign against decades of military rule in Myanmar, thousands of Buddhist monks are doing nothing — literally — and the generals are getting worried.
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Hundreds of Buddhist monks marched through rain-washed streets for the third day in Myanmar’s main city today, taking the lead in month-long protests that the military junta has so far been powerless to contain.
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A Buddhist group claiming links to escalating protests by monks in military-ruled Myanmar vowed Thursday to continue demonstrations to end what it called the people’s suffering.
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Four members of the 88 Generation Student group arrested one month ago have written to their families, saying they are in good health. Four others, however, are reported to be in Insein prison hospital after being tortured.
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A nationwide uprising could soon follow the ongoing protests if Burma’s military government does not engage in dialogue, veteran politicians and observers say.
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The health of at least four detained 88 generation student leaders, including Min Ko Naing, is deteriorating. They are being treated in Burma’s notorious Insein prison, Burmese student community sources said.
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With Buddhist monks continuing their protests, the Burmese junta has postponed its quarterly meeting, originally scheduled to be held on September 24, said a source close to the military.
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Currently in a wave of protests against Burma’s ruling junta across the county led by Buddhist monks, Christians in Northern Burma keep in silence but the monks are tightly controlled by the authorities, said local sources.
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The value of the Kyat has decreased in relation to the Thai Baht and has been unstable over the last two days. Now, 40 Kyat is equal to one Baht.
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Indian state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp is likely to sign an agreement with Myanmar next week for the exploration of 3 offshore blocks, company and government sources said on Wednesday. (more…)

Myanmar, the world’s second-largest opium producer after Afghanistan, arrested 262 suspected drug dealers and seized 110 kilograms (242 pounds) of opium in August, state media said Thursday.
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Even as the UN Security Council prepares to hear a briefing on Burma today, Hollywood actor and comedian Jim Carrey on Wednesday called for stronger coordination by the Council on the situation in Burma.
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Amid a growing chorus of appeals for the United Nations Security Council to take action over Burma, the Security Council is preparing to hear a report from the Special Advisor on Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, today.
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Without international intervention or significant UN diplomacy Burma could easily witness another killing field, similar to the slaughter of at least 3,000 Burmese in the 1988 democracy uprising.
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