Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


Yangon, Myanmar:  The military government banned assemblies of more than five people and imposed curfews in Myanmar’s two largest cities on Tuesday, after thousands of Buddhist monks and sympathizers defied orders to stay out of politics and protested once again.
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Myanmar’s military junta issued its first warning on Monday after a month of widening antigovernment demonstrations, saying it was prepared to crack down on the Buddhist monks who are at the heart of the protests.
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Protesting Burmese monks today urged the United Nations to intervene immediately into the situation in Burma as there are signs of the junta gearing up for a brutal crack down.
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The Myanmar junta poured troops and police armed with rifles into central Yangon on Tuesday in an attempt to end the biggest demonstrations against military rule in nearly 20 years.
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Mass demonstrations continued across Burma on Tuesday, as junta leader Snr-Gen Than Shwe was reported to have summoned military commanders to an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis.
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The Burmese police in a raid arrested NLD and student leaders in northwestern Burma soon after the Burma’s Religious Affairs minister warned that action would be taken on the monks unless they refrain from marching on the streets.
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China has gently urged Myanmar’s military rulers to ease strife that has seen tens of thousands take to the streets in protest, diplomats said Tuesday, even as Beijing publicly said it would keep its usual hands-off approach toward its neighbor.
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The House of Representatives has asked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to direct the UN General Assembly’s attention to the mounting tension in Myanmar so as to press the military junta to restore democracy.
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The international community appealed to Myanmar’s military leaders on Tuesday not to crack down on tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators carrying out the boldest protests seen in the Southeast Asian country in nearly two decades.
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US President George W. Bush will announce new US sanctions against Myanmar’s military rulers on Tuesday and call for more international pressure on the repressive regime, the White House said Monday.
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European Union officials appealed to Myanmar’s military junta on Tuesday not to launch a crackdown against tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators, urging the government to seek negotiations to solve the showdown.
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Britain voiced hope Tuesday that Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will one day become the “rightful” leader of her country, as pressure mounted on the military junta there.
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Burma has been a Buddhist country for thousands of years. People who believe in Buddhism adore the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha-they are called the three sacred treasures. They revere the Sangha (monks) as sons of Buddha. (more…)

Peaceful demonstrations against the Burmese military junta have been held daily for the past month. In the past week, thousands of Buddhist monks have taken to the streets in the former capital and commercial centre of Rangoon and other cities around the country. They have vowed to continue to express their discontent with their repressive military rulers. Few people expected that the demonstrations in mid-August against a dramatic rise in oil prices would escalate into the current full-blown mass demonstrations led by Buddhist monks. (more…)

A mass uprising against dictatorship desperately needs international support.
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It is being called the Saffron Revolution. In recent days, Buddhist monks throughout Burma have been leading peaceful protests against a brutal military dictatorship. And now a decisive moment is approaching.
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Even China has encouraged the junta to introduce democracy.
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Demonstrations led by Buddhist monks in military-ruled Myanmar (formerly Burma) gathered force over the weekend and, on Monday September 24th, the biggest protest yet seen was staged in the main city, Yangon. Up to 100,000 people took part, among them perhaps 20,000 red- and orange-robed monks. The website of Irrawaddy, a newspaper run by Burmese exiles from Thailand, reported an equally huge monk-led protest on Monday in the western town of Sittwe. (more…)

New York/Brussels,:  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should hold urgent talks with the foreign ministers of China, India and Singapore, the current ASEAN chair, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and lead a joint attempt to encourage peaceful dialogue in Myanmar/Burma. China, India, and ASEAN should back Ban Ki-moon’s call on the authorities in Myanmar to exercise restraint in the face of growing peaceful protests and put their full weight behind UN efforts to find a solution to the country’s political crisis.
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1. The entire people led by monks are staging peaceful protest to be freed from general crises of politics, economic and social by reciting Metta Sutra.
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