Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi looked “fit and well” to a group of protesting Buddhist monks who were allowed through a police roadblock to walk past her home Saturday, one of the monks said.

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, dressed in yellow, came out of her home, where she is under house arrest, to pay respect to protesting monks who marched in front of her home on Rangoon’s University Avenue on Saturday afternoon, witnesses said. (more…)

A Buddhist group claiming to be aiding monks drive an escalating protest movement in Myanmar called Saturday for nationwide prayer vigils in a bid to turn up the heat on the military regime. (more…)

Armed only with upturned begging bowls, chanting Buddhist monks in Myanmar have caught the country’s military rulers off guard with their peaceful protests. (more…)

Excerpt from report by Norway-based Burmese Democratic Voice of Burma website on 20 September (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s soft voice and demeanour belie a steely resolve in the long and painful struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar after decades of military dictatorship.

Several high-profile members of Burma’s entertainment industry expressed their support for the recent wave of protests against the military government today and called on other artists to follow suit. (more…)

A monk who took part in the September 18 protest in Sittwe, which was broken up by teams of soldiers with tear gas, said today that he was brutally bashed during the incident. (more…)

Incessant rain for three days inundated large areas in Rangoon. There is three feet of water on the roads and cars cannot ply. Many vehicles are stranded on the roads.

Burmese activists along with Indian supporters today urged the Indian government to break its silence and extend its support to the ongoing protests in Burma as a sign of its commitment towards democracy.

The Foreign Secretary today called for a robust international response to the situation in Burma.

For years, jaded diplomats and academics have rebuffed Burma’s democracy activists with one question: Why don’t the people of Burma rise up? For the past month, they have been doing exactly that, against unimaginable odds and with unimaginable courage. So now a different question arises: Is the world — its leaders, diplomats, academics and others — going to stand on the sidelines or offer some help? (more…)