Friday, September 28th, 2007


September 29:  Crowds taunted and cursed security forces barricading central Rangoon overnight, as the junta tried to prevent more mass protests against Burma’s 45 years of military rule and deepening economic hardship. (more…)

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Top two in junta divided

“Maung Aye and his loyalists are opposed to shooting into the crowd,” a source close to the military hierarchy told Mizzima referring to the major differences that the head of junta Senior General Than Shwe and his second-in-command, Vice-Senior General Maung Aye have over the brutal crack down on protesters in Burma.
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Crowds taunted soldiers and police who barricaded central Yangon on Friday to prevent more mass protests against Myanmar’s 45 years of military rule and deepening economic hardship.
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There was more shooting and tear gas on the streets of  Myanmar’s main city of Yangon today, but authorities appeared to have succeeded for the moment in containing the demonstrations by monks and were now confronting and attacking smaller groups of civilians around the city.
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Soldiers have used slingshots to disperse demonstrations in Rangoon today, which have been less organised than on previous days.
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Myanmar’s military rulers declared no-go zones around five key Buddhist monasteries to quash anti-government demonstrations led by monks, after two days of violent crackdown on the protests killed 10 people, diplomats said Friday.
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Burma’s Karen National Union has issued a call for all ethnic ceasefire groups to rise up against the Burmese regime in solidarity with the people of Rangoon and Mandalay.
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Soldiers clubbed activists in the streets and fired warning shots Friday, moving decisively to break up demonstrations in Myanmar before they could gain momentum. Troops occupied Buddhist monasteries and cut public Internet access, raising concerns that the crackdown on civilians that has killed at least 10 people was set to intensify.
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Videos taken by mobile phones are whisked out under the noses of the Burmese authorities, eye witness reports are quickly transmitted and broadcast around the world. The long-held promise of the internet to undermine totalitarian régimes is finally being delivered. But how exactly is the material being used, and what is the role of new platforms such as blogs, Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia?
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As Myanmar’s regime cracks down on a growing protest movement, “citizen journalists” are breaking the news to the world.
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On September 27, 2007 hundreds of Shan, Pa’O, Palaung, and Lahu villagers gathered in a internally displaced persons site in Shan State, Eastern Burma as an act of solidarity with those demonstrating in the larger cities of Burma. Villagers expressed their common desire for the restoration of a free and democratic Burma, in which people of every ethnicity are guaranteed fundamental rights. Much of Shan State continues to be a warzone, where the Burma Army regularly commits atrocities against the civilian population, and any act of overt civil disobediance would most like result in a swift and brutal punishment. The villagers who gathered today announced their unity of heart and purpose with those demonstrating in the larger cities against this oppression.
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which Burma also a member, demanded the military junta to immediately desist form the use of violence against demonstrators.
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Myanmar’s deadly military crackdown prompted protests and warnings from the reclusive nation’s Asian neighbors, with China and Japan agreeing Friday to join efforts to help end the strife.
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China issued an evenhanded plea for calm in Myanmar on Thursday after refusing to condemn the military-run government, while Southeast Asian nations expressed “revulsion” at the violent repression of the demonstrations.
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Burma’s Gen Than Shwe family is reported to board a plane which landed in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday, reported Merinews online.
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Philippine President Gloria Arroyo called Friday for Myanmar to release all its political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and hold a dialogue for national reconciliation.
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New Delhi, Maintaining that “silence” over the recent developments in Myanmar would damage India’s interest in the region, former Prime Minister I K Gujral has said the country should support the pro-democracy movement in the neighbouring country. (more…)

Myanmar Demos UN UN envoy to begin Myanmar trip Saturday as world condemns junta Starts new cycle with Gambari’s visit to begin Saturday New York
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Even as China and Russia continue to oppose any move to impose sanctions on Burma, the outcry of the world community against the Burmese military junta intensified on Thursday, as reports of more deaths of innocent people and monks protesting against the government came in.
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