Saturday, September 29th, 2007


A crucial UN mission to meet with detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is facing failure after generals refuse access (more…)

Several hundred people have gathered in Burma’s main city of Rangoon, despite three days of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
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United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari flew into Myanmar on Saturday carrying worldwide hopes he can persuade its ruling generals to use negotiations instead of guns to end mass protests against 45 years of military rule.
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Streets in Rangoon and Mandalay were relatively quiet on Saturday, following three bloody days in which at least 10 protesters were gunned down, according to state-run media, and scores of monks and civilians were beaten and arrested by security forces.
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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.
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It resembles a chaotic urban war zone with the Burma Army preparing to crush the people’s movement with a heavy hand.
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In the ”before” shot, from May 2004, the village is there, a cluster of seven roofs near a small lake. In the ”after” shot, from February of this year, the houses are gone.
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Over 30 monks being detained in Bamaw prison have started a hunger strike . They were later transferred to other prisons and separated on September 27. The local authorities raided various monasteries in Bamaw on September 25 night and arrested 108 monks. They were forcibly disrobed and sent to prison. Since then, 30 monks have been staging a hunger strike and over 100 monks are reciting the Sutra. (more…)

Dodging a deadly military crackdown, bloggers in Myanmar are now on the front lines providing news and photos of death and insurrection. The military responded on Friday by closing down the Internet, signaling that a wider and more severe crackdown on street protesters could be imminent. (more…)

Maungdaw, Arakan State : An unofficial curfew order has been imposed in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, Arakan state, Burma since September 25.
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The traditionally hospitable people have clammed up and the tourists have disappeared from the streets of Myanmar’s main city amid fear and anger at the military’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
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The Web site of The Irrawaddy News Magazine, a Chiang Mai-based Burmese news agency, was infected by a virus beginning on September 27. (more…)

Just last Sunday-when marches led by Buddhist monks drew thousands in Burma’s biggest cities-Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora was in the country’s capital for the signing of oil and gas exploration contracts between state-controlled ONGC Videsh Ltd and Burma’s military rulers.
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OUR country is dying amid the bloodshed of Buddhist monks.
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Members of the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) called an emergency press conference on the deteriorating situation in Myanmar. (more…)

A Burmese official has apologized for the death of a Japanese video journalist during anti-government protests after Japan strongly protested the incident, a Japanese news agency reported Saturday. (more…)

Geneva – The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold an emergency session next week to discuss the bloody crackdown on protests by the military regime in Burma, which has left an unspecified number of Buddhist monks and other demonstrators dead and injured this week and hundreds under arrest. (more…)

Premier scraps scheduled speech to call for an end to the violence
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Satellite images confirm reports earlier this year of burned villages, forced relocations and other human rights abuses in Myanmar, scientists said on Friday.
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Burma’s military rulers have restricted the movement of food during the ongoing political unrest, hampering UN efforts to feed some 500,000 people in the impoverished country, the World Food Program said.
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