Fri 30 Nov 2007
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Burmese military junta authorities are desperately seeking video footage taken during the September revolution from video shop owners in Mon State, Burma, owners told Kaowao.
“Any video clips shot in September and possibly kept in our shops are being thoroughly investigated in Malawmyine and rural areas. The authorities are investigating video shops because videos of demonstrations and CDs have been distributed throughout Mon state since the beginning of November,” he stated.
“The police came to my store and asked us to give them a list of names of anyone who had rented any CDs or videos of anything to do with the September protests.Â But it is not easy to find out who rented anything to do with the monk’s demonstrations as we didn’t burn only the monks’ revolutionary footage; we combined it with Burmese video,” another video shop owner from Malawmyine said.Â In rural areas the police have been ordered to find out about these ‘mixed’ CDs and DVDs.
“The police came and checked all our VCDs and also ordered us to stop copying CDs,” a computer shop owner from Malawmyine said.
In Than Phyu Zar Yat Township nearly all Karoh pi (Krait Pua) villagers have video players.Â “Officials are talking to video shop ownersÂ and ordering owners to liaise with them if they find any material including footage or audio of the Monk’s revolution,” said one Karoh pi villager.
The authorities of Mon State ‘ townships have continued to demand all tea shops and restaurants cease to play anything even remotely negative towards the SPDC. If a shop plays The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) Channel, authorities cancel their UBC license.