Spanish Pundit (II)

mayo 29, 2008

Burmese villagers had little, and lost it all – International Herald Tribune

Burmese villagers had little, and lost it all – International Herald Tribune:
“(…) for those who live in the isolated, outlying hamlets of the delta, putting their lives back together after Nargis has been a sad affair – and a struggle that international aid workers have largely been unable to help ease. The Myanmar government, critics say, is distrustful of outsiders and does not want the villagers to meet foreigners. Meanwhile, the ruling junta is unable or unwilling to provide adequate help on its own.
‘I don’t expect anything from the government. I never have and I don’t now,’ Then Khin said. ‘I heard on the radio about foreign help on its way, but I haven’t seen any in the past 20 days. It’s the same as before, nothing changed.’
The only government help Then Khin has received was a small packet of rice, which she won by the luck of the draw. The village authorities came only once, with some rice, blankets and other relief from the central government. The supplies were distributed by lottery because there was so little. The rice packet was not enough for even one meal for the 20 surviving family members who now crowd her hut.
The village of That Kyar lies near the mouth of the delta’s Pyapon River, downstream from Pyapon, a major delta trading town about 100 kilometers, or 60 miles, southwest of the principal city of Yangon.
A motorboat that left Pyapon carrying several visitors to That Kyar reached the village after more than two hours on the river, navigating around capsized ships and broken jetties.
Upon reaching a point in the river where the sea air finally smelled of salt and where gulls could be seen, the boat moved into a tributary and chugged upstream for another 40 minutes. Once a picturesque hamlet lined with coconut trees, That Kyar is now little more than a heap of rotting debris.

 

Unlike the cyclone victims who live near roads and receive help from private donors bringing supplies from the bigger cities, villages like That Kyar have been left to fend for themselves.

 

 

Three weeks after the cyclone came and went, the United Nations said that aid had reached less than one-fourth of the two million survivors in the hardest hit areas of the delta.
In what many observers hope will be a breakthrough, Myanmar’s generals finally told the United Nations last week that they would allow workers of all nationalities to go into the devastated areas to assess the damage. So far, virtually all foreign aid workers have been banned from the delta.
And it remained unclear how much access relief workers and aid agencies will have to those areas.

 

Many people there did not even know that Saturday was the day they were supposed to vote on a new Constitution, a document designed to prolong the junta’s grip on power.”

 

 

You can read more about Burmese situation after Nargis in 1972. Most of Enzo’s post is in English so there will be no problem, via Wind Rose Hotel.
And in this context UN continues to proof itself very useful, so it’s going to send 250.000 condoms because Burmese people needs to continue its contraception’s policy. They are not worried about lack of food, lack of clean water, lack of housing… no, they are worried about condoms. And there will also send contraception pills in special airplanes to Burma. Right. Good to see the priorities.
In related news, several National League for Democracy (NLD)’s members have been arrested some hours before fighter for freedom and Nobel Prize winner Aung Suu Kyi’s sentence has been extended.
Don’t know what happens but the link does not go well (at least for me). That’s why I have included the capture of the Irrawady’s daily mailing.
Burma Campaign UK has already sent a message to Facebook denouncing the extension of the arrest of Suu Kyi:

Yesterday, the regime extended Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention again. No formal announcement was made, but reports say the detention is for at least another six months. She has now spent over 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest. Her current period of house arrest began in 2003. The regime is once again breaking its own laws by extending her detention for a total of more than five years. The State Protection Law 1975, under which she is held, only allows the regime to detain her for a maximum of five years. Around 20 members of the National League for Democracy were also arrested yesterday as they marched to her home to call for her release. 

The detention is for at least“… Welcome to the security of the citizens under the Burmese law… Not only the law is not fulfilled by the Government (the maximum is five years of detention period and Suu Kyi has been detained for 12 years), but she is going to be detained for at least, so for the time the Burmese junta wants.

Oh, that legality under dictatorships…
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La situación en Birmania empeora día a día sobre todo porque la ayuda internacional no llega a los damnificados. Sobre todo, la ayuda no llega a los pequeños pueblos del delta, a los que la Junta Birmana no quiere en especial que vayan los cooperantes internacionales. Es cierto que la Junta militar ha permitido que entren a evaluar los daños causados por el ciclón, pero lo cierto es que no se ha señalado la extensión de dicho permiso.
La situación en muchos sitios es desesperada, pero la ONU parece estar interesada sólo en una cuestión: los anticonceptivos. Muchas personas están sin comida, sin agua potable y sin vivienda, pero lo que va a mandar la ONU son un cuarto de millón de condones y unas 78.000 píldoras anticonceptivas. Esta decisión, que la ONU sustenta en que no quiere que los birmanos interrumpan su política anticonceptiva, es cuando menos curiosa si pensamos en la cantidad de gente que ha muerto (en especial niños) como consecuencia del ciclón.
El domingo pasado, además, se votaba la nueva Constitución con la que no cambiará nada, si no que la Junta aún aumentará más su poder. De hecho, una de las primeras decisiones ha sido la de detener al menos a 15 miembros del principal partido opositor, la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (NLD) y extender el arresto domiciliario de Aung Sang Suu Kyi, su líder, Premio Nobel de la Paz. Esta extensión del arresto incumple la ley birmana que no permite un arresto superior a cinco años (Suu Kyi lleva 12 de los últimos 18 años arrestada en su domicilio) y encima se le arresta durante al menos otros seis meses, permitiendo así tenerla arrestada el tiempo que la Junta quiera.
Eso sí, el resto del mundo callados, no vaya a ser que la gente en general se den cuenta del calvario birmano. El ser humano, en su máximo esplendor…

febrero 18, 2008

La importancia geopolítica de Kosovo (+)

BBC NEWS | Europe | Split EU meets to debate Kosovo

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to seek a joint position on Kosovo’s independence declaration.While the major European powers are widely expected to recognise Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, several other countries have strong reservations.

Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Spain have expressed anxiety about the signal that recognition might send to separatists.

Kosovo’s majority ethnic Albanians celebrated with fireworks late into the night after parliament’s declaration.

Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, chairing the EU meeting, said “I understand many of the member states will recognise” Kosovo.

His British and French colleagues insisted Kosovo was a unique case and called for EU unity on the issue, the BBC’s Oana Lungescu reports.

La realidad es que no sabemos qué va a pasar a partir de ahora. En primer lugar porque Rusia apoya a Serbia y rechaza la independencia de la zona, lo que puede desencadenar otro enfrentamiento con Rusia (por si ya no había suficientes). En segundo lugar, EEUU, por un interés geoestratégico de desgaste del aliado de Rusia, apoya a Kosovo, exactamente igual que, por el mismo interés geoestratégico de control de Oriente Medio, apoya la entrada de Turquía. Ambos intereses, sin embargo, pueden ser totalmente penosos para Europa, como cuenta Aquiles:

este proceso de independencia paulatina logrado por Kosovo puede ser empleado (y aquí acierta Putin) por otros movimientos secesionistas existentes en otras partes del planeta para legitimar su causa, como puede ser aquí el caso vasco, en Francia el caso de los corsos, o el de los osetios en Georgia. No digo que sean situaciones equiparables, sino que puede ser empleado como argumentario por los movimientos secesionistas de otras partes de Europa y Asia ya que además esta “independencia” ha contado además con el apoyo de gran parte de los países occidentales.

This process of paulatine independence achieved by Kosovo can be used (and Putin is right here) by other secesionists movements in other parts of the world to legitimate their cause, as here can be the Basque case, in France the Corse, or in Georgia the Osetian people (I add, the Welsh/Scottish in GB, for example…). I’m not saying that the situations are similar, just that this case can be used as a basis by the secesionists movements in other parts of Europe and Asia because this “independence” has been supported by most of the Western countries.
Además, la situación energética en Europa es lo suficientemente penosa como para que no se den cuenta que Rusia puede retirar todo su apoyo gasístico a Europa: actualmente lo está redireccionando al Este, principalmente China. Y además esto sucede mientras EEUU quiere que los países de Europa del Este entren en la OTAN, enfadando de nuevo a Putin:

Rusia ha comenzado a redireccionar el tráfico energético hacia el este (China, Japón y el este asiático), y Gazprom está dispuesta a financiar un gasoducto que enviaría gas desde Irán a Paquistán y La India. Este acuerdo Ruso-Iraní haría muy difícil la intervención de EEUU en caso de conflicto entre Irán e Israel.

Así, con la tripleta Rusia-China-Irán, y con la mitad de Europa sometida a los rusos mendigando su gas, EEUU estaría muy cerca de ver cumplida la profecía que el geopolítico inglés Sir Halford John Mackinder pronuncio en 1904: la Teoría del HeartLand.

What’s the problem? That Russia is angry, not only because of Kosovo’s independence, but also because of the Eastern European countries are going to be the soil to the US missile defense system, Poland having already agreed to it. So Putin is already redirecting gas reserves to China ( hmm 😉 ), Irán (hmmmmm 😉 ) and in general the Eastern Asian countries (India, Japan…), forming the new axis: Russia-China-Iran. An axis that is nothing but the worse thing that can happen: an autocrat, a communist and an “mystical” islamo-fascist, all of them united.

¿La política europea debe estar sometida a los que tengan gas o petróleo? No, pero lo está. Mientras que no se aproveche el potencial energético nuclear, Europa seguirá siendo dependiente de cualquier dictador que se precie. ¿En este caso tiene Putin razón? Sí, creo lo mismo que Aquiles, pero no por la cuestión energética, si no por el peligro que supone, no sólo para el resto de países, si no sobre todo para los serbios que vivan en Kosovo “independiente”.

Must European policy be dependent from the countries which have gas or oil? No, but it is. Only if European Governments understand than we must use the energetic nuclear potential, we would be freed from any dictator/autocrat who has gas or oil. Is Putin right? Yes, I agree with Aquiles, but not because of the energetic question, but because of the danger this poses not only to other countries, but to the Serbs who are still living in this “independent” Kosovo.

¿Qué pasa? Que después EEUU ve a China, a Rusia y a la OPEP como un peligro económico:
The United States should be worried that Russia, China and OPEC oil-producing countries could use their growing financial clout to advance political goals, the top U.S. spy chief told Congress on Tuesday.
Sin darse cuenta de que él mismo está cavando su propia sepultura: al no apoyar a Rusia en nada (podía haberle apoyado en la cuestión de Kosovo y haber enfriado las relaciones…), está haciendo que Rusia caiga en brazos de China. Algo que desde luego no nos debe extrañar tampoco mucho, considerando la creciente influencia de China en Siberia… por las reservas de gas y petróleo que a China le vendrían muy bien. Curiosamente, China está haciendo lo mismo que los albano-kosovares con Kosovo: mandando inmigrantes que incluso han cambiado el nombre a Vladivostok que ahora se llama por su nombre chino. Seguramente eso es algo que a Putin le preocupa mucho: de ahí su total y frontal negativa no vaya a ser que a él le pase lo mismo y China no es Serbia…
Y a su vez esto tiene relación con el apoyo de EEUU a la postura de China sobre Taiwan. Como escribe Madrid Pundit, EEUU puede ahogar a China con la USS Navy estacionada en Taiwan porque es a través de ese paso por donde recibe los petroleros. Pero precisamente por eso, China está apoyando a prácticamente todos y cada uno de los dictadores que tengan petróleo y a ser posible estén en las inmediaciones: por eso apoyó a la Junta Birmana durante la Revolución Azafrán, ha construido un gigantesco mega-oleoducto desde Turkmenistán y por eso ha parado cualquier control sobre el programa nuclear de Irán. Más lejos tenemos su apoyo a Sudán, ayudando a Nigeria a poner en órbita un satélite, los acuerdos con Chávez, el viaje del primer Ministro Chino a África… Con un especial appeal: no exige un cambio respecto de los Derechos Humanos a los países con los que mantiene relaciones. Lo que es maravilloso para personas como Mugabe, el dictador de Zimbabwe, por ejemplo.
Maravillas del mundo globalizado: la independencia de Kosovo puede aumentar la influencia china en el mundo…
They do not understand they are just digging their own grave: not supporting Russia never (they could have supported Russia in Kosovo’s affair and calm down the relations a bit) they are causing Russia to fall on China’s embrace. Something that is not even strange, considering the growin influence of China in Siberia… because of the reserves of gas and oil that are the real target of Chinese Communists. Curiously, China is doing there the same thing Alban-Kosovars have done in Kosovo: massive immigration which has caused a change even in the name of Vladivostok, which is now known by its Chinese name. Surely this worries Putin a lot and it’s another reason not to support Kosovo’s independence, as China is not Serbia…
And this is also related with US support to China about Taiwan. As Madrid Pundit writes, US can stop any oilship which passes through the Strait of Taiwan as the have their US Navy stationed in Taiwan. But that has precisely made China support all and each one of the dictadors throughout the Globe if they have oil or gas (or other materials) specially if they are near: that is why they supported the Burmes Junta’s repression of the Saffron Revolution , has built a huge mega-oil pipe from Turkmenistan and has halted any control on the Iranian nuclear program. Farther we have Chinese support in Sudanese genocide in Darfur, helping Nigeria to launch a satellite not considering the excess of Sharia Law in the country, the agreements with Chávez, the trip to Africa and South America (including Bolivia)… With a special political-appeal: China is not asking for respect for Human Rights or democracy to the countries it is having relations with. Something entirely convenient for dictators such as Zimbabwean Mugabe.
These are the consequences of a globalised world: Kosovo’s independence can actually make the Chinese influence to grow in the world… We are just doing precisely what Chinese leadership want…
(+) La embajada de EEUU ha sido atacada en Belgrado. h/t Jawa Report. Los causantes son los serbios que se oponen a la
independencia y por tanto, a la posición de EEUU en el contencioso sobre Kosovo. Mientras John Bolton considera que la independencia de Kosovo producirá un incremento de la violencia islámica en Europa:
Taiwan y Australia han apoyado la independencia.
  1. elle inciterait nombre d’Etats dans le Monde à défier le droit international et le statu quo des frontières reconnues, faisant imploser pléthore d’Etat fragiles et multiculturels, pas uniquement en Afrique ou en Asie ou en Amérique latine, mais jusqu’à nos démocraties pacifique. (incitará a varios Estados en el mundo a desafiar el derecho internacional y el status quo de las fronteras reconocidas, haciendo explotar una plétora de Estados frágiles y multiculturales, no sólo en África o en Asia o en América Latina, sino también hasta en nuestras pacíficas democracias).
  2. Elle pourrait provoquer le retour des guerres ethniques dans les Balkans et rompre le fragile équilibre instauré depuis la guerre du Kosovo (puede provocar el retorno de las guerras étnicas en los Balcanes y romper el equilibrio frágil instaurada desde la guerra de Kosovo).
China está “muy preocupada” por la declaración de independencia de Kosovo. A China le preocupa que Taiwan haga lo mismo…Otra razón más que le une a Rusia…
Even leaving aside the question of international legitimacy, however, there is another still more fundamental reason for insisting that Kosovo did not become independent yesterday and will not be independent for the foreseeable future – if indeed ever. In its resolution, the Kosovo parliament declared that Kosovo is an “independent and sovereign state.” But in the very next sentence it states that this declaration is occurring “in full accordance” with the famous “Ahtisaari Plan” for Kosovo’s final status: so-named for UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari. Now, even a cursory glance at the Ahtisaari Plan – which can be consulted in full here – makes obvious that it does not in fact foresee independence for Kosovo, but rather what has been euphemistically described as “supervised independence.”
Kosovo is, needless to say, to be independent from Serbia – which de facto it has been, in any case, since the close of the NATO bombing campaign in June 1999 – and it is to have its “own” constitution and its “own” political institutions. But these political institutions as a whole are to be subjected to the higher authority of an “International Civilian Representative” invested with dictatorial powers. The International Civilian Representative or “ICR” is empowered, for instance, to annul any laws or decisions adopted by the local Kosovo authorities and to “sanction” or outright dismiss public officials. Lest there be any doubt about where the ultimate authority in Kosovo resides, the International Civilian Representative is to serve simultaneously as the “Special Representative” of the European Union.
Resumiendo: que según John Rosenthal, como la misma declaración de “independencia” frente a Serbia, al referirse al Plan Ahtissari, lo que prevee es una “independencia supervisada”, porque todas las instituciones del país están sometidas a una autoridad superior de un “Representante Civil Internacional” (RCI) con poderes dictatoriales. Este RCI sirve además como “Representante Especial” de la Unión Europea.
No sé si reírme o llorar: así que la Unión Europea al final gobierna Kosovo con poderes dictatoriales. El artículo continúa diciendo que el objetivo último del movimiento independentista es incorporarse a Albania… 😯
Y Rusia ha advertido a Kosovo:
“We’ll strongly warn against any attempts at repressive measures should Serbs in Kosovo decide not to comply with this unilateral proclamation of independence,” Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said ahead of an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, called by Moscow.

Advertimos contra cualquier intento de tomar medidas represivas si los serbios de Kosovo no cumplen con la proclamación unilateral de la independencia.

La cuenta atrás para otros movimientos semejantes ya ha comenzado: los separatistas vascos y catalanes ya han alabado el ejemplo de Kosovo. Pero la política exterior pésima del Gobierno socialista hace que España, en su posición contraria a la independencia, no tenga mucha influencia. Es curioso: ni Francia ni Gran Bretaña están muy preocupados por el apoyo que han dado a Kosovo. Y tanto uno como otro tienen problemas semejantes: Francia con los corsos (ya veremos con los vascos) y Gran Bretaña con los escoceses y galeses.


Albanians are seen passing a banner which reads, ‘Kosovo Is Free’, in the Albanian capital of Tirana, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. People throughout Albania were celebrating Kosovo‘s independence Sunday, as the national flag fluttered from state buildings and private homes alike. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Un comentarista en HotAir dice lo siguiente:

Kosovo’s going to have to work awfully hard to keep Serbian minorities from seceding themselves.

Kosovo va a tenerlo realmente difícil para impedir que las minorías serbias se secesionen a su vez. Esto va a ser la leche…

Pues algo así puede pasar con el País Vasco y Álava.

septiembre 28, 2007

Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,Communism,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 10:09 am

Another day, more bad news from the Burmese Junta:Michelle Malkin » Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai

(…) Burmese bloggers have been crucial whistleblowers and eyewitnesses to history–supplying the world with round-the-clock coverage and photos of their oppressive regime’s crackdown. Now, just as the Western press is lauding their role, the military junta has reportedly cut off Internet access:

Myanmar’s government appeared to have cut public Internet access and troops occupied key Buddhist monasteries on Friday, witnesses and diplomats said, in an effort to end demonstrations against the ruling junta.

The moves raised concerns that the military government may be preparing to intensify a crackdown on civilians that has killed at least 10 people in the past two days. The Internet in particular has played a crucial role in getting news and images of the pro-democracy protests to the outside world.

According to AFP, government officials are blaming a “damaged underwater cable.”

After two days of unrest in Yangon’s streets, Myanmar’s main link to the Internet has stopped working, according to a telecom official who blamed the problem on a damaged cable.

“The Internet is not working because the underwater cable is damaged,” an official with Myanmar Post and Telecoms told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Myanmar’s Internet service is tightly controlled and only sporadically available even in the best of times, but the military has tightened its controls amid anti-government protests.

In Bangkok, an official at a Thai telecom that provides satellite services to Myanmar also said some Internet service inside the country had been cut.

One western source inside Myanmar said she had not been able to access emails or Internet since late morning.

Yes, question the timing

The yell of a monk yesterday as he stands up, with broken glasses thanks to a shot from the Burmese soldiers and surrounded by a tear gas’ cloud:

Who is going to come to help us? Do they know in your country what’s happening here? Why nobody is helping us?

has a more chilling sound after reading the link Schwan (hello 😉 ) left me yesterday in the comments:

The professor Desmond Ball, from the Center of Strategic Studies and Defense from the University of Universidad de Canberra –who has published a book about the Burmese spies–, underlined that “the intelligence services and the security forces have tapped all the telecommunications’ systems of the country”.

In Burma, having a non-declared radio-phone means detention and whoever is surprised with a satellite phone is charged with “high treason” and condemned to a minimum punishment of 20 years in prison. Moreover, to use a PC, you must have an special license from the Communications and Mail Ministry. Infringing that law means a punishment between seven to fifteen years in prison. In this country, there are only a dozen cybercafes with limited access to Internet.

In every hotel of Rangoon and in other cities, the phone calls are intercepted without even considering that can be known by the speaker and, if the stablishment’s internet service is used, it will record it to their archives. The ordinary Burmese say that the military regime has “eyes and ears” everywhere. They know that the powerful Intelligence Service pays not only military men, but also beggars, street sellers, hotel receptionists, office workers, monks, taxi drivers and students, among others.

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Si estás cerca de Madrid y puedes venir, mañana a las 12:00 en la Puerta del Sol hay una protesta contra la dictadura birmana. Gracias a todos.

septiembre 27, 2007

NINE KILLED IN BURMA TODAY! – NUEVE MUERTOS HOY EN BIRMANIA (+) (+)

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,Communism,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 6:46 pm

The crackdown continues. At wits endSick
News from The Associated Press

Soldiers with automatic rifles fired into crowds of anti-government demonstrators Thursday, killing at least nine people in the bloodiest day in more than a month of protests demanding an end to military rule.Bloody sandals lay scattered on some streets as protesters fled shouting “Give us freedom, give us freedom!”

On the second day of a brutal crackdown, truckloads of troops in riot gear also raided Buddhist monasteries on the outskirts of Yangon, beating and arresting dozens of monks, witnesses and Western diplomats said. Japan protested the killing of a Japanese photographer.

Daily demonstrations by tens of thousands have grown into the stiffest challenge to the ruling junta in two decades, a crisis that began Aug. 19 with rallies against a fuel price hike then escalated dramatically when monks began joining the protests.

With the government ignoring international appeals for restraint, troops fired into packs of demonstrators in at least four locations in Yangon, witnesses and a Western diplomat said. Protesters – some shouting “Give us freedom!” – dodged roadblocks and raced down alleys in a defiant game of cat and mouse with soldiers and riot police that went on for most of the day.

Some 70,000 protesters were on the streets at the height of the chaos, though the total was difficult to estimate as different groups broke up and later reformed.

Sandals were strewn by a pool of blood at one spot where people fled approaching police. In a brave challenge, a bare-chested man emerged from one crowd to advance toward riot officers, then was felled by a rubber bullet and suffered a beating by officers who took him away.

They are fighting bravely against the Junta:

Local residents in South Okkalapa township have surrounded security forces who returned to Ngway Kyar Yan monastery to arrest the abbot following last night’s raids.

At least 130 monks were detained in the raid on the monastery, and personal belongings including robes, rice and 2,000,000 Kyat in cash were seized.

Security forces returned at around noon today to arrest the abbot and took up positions surrounding the monastery.

But hundreds of thousands of local residents, outraged by the raids, surrounded the troops, shouting anti-government slogans and demanding the immediate release of the detained monks.

Other developments today:

  1. Burma says it will issue a visa to UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is being urgently sent to the country
  2. the Association of South-East Asian Nations voices “revulsion” at the killings and urges Burma – one of its members – to exercise restraint
  3. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour warns Burmese leaders that they could be prosecuted for their actions

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Found in Burmanet.org.

Last news are that Kyang Kyang, General Than Swe’s wife, their daughter, Thadar Swe and their grandson have taken a plane to go abroad. Something which is really worrying. 😦

USA has announced sanctions against 14 Burmese officials.

Oh, and Myanmar is how the Junta named the country, so the Burmese people are not very fond of it. 😉

(+) Kate has sent me some photos about the monks’ protests in New York:

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(+) More photos on the crackdown h/t GP:

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Para los lectores españoles. La pancarta dice “Ojalá todos los seres humanos puedan vivir bien y felices; ojalá puedan ser libres del peligro y de la enemistad; ojalá puedan vivir pacíficamente“. Angel ¿Cómo alguien puede hacer daño a quien mantiene ese credo? Cobardes…

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The result of the crackdown: a monk’s sandals totally stained with blood.

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This man has no legs but yet he stands against the military. This is a real brave man!Applause

And about the Chinese investment in Burma: Oil,Timber,Rice.

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En español:

La Junta Militar birmana acepta la entrada al país del enviado de la ONU.

China y Rusia evitan una condena de la ONU. capullos Angry ( y siento el lenguaje…).

El Ejército birmano reprime una manifestación a tiros y causa al menos 9 muertos.

Al iniciarse el día, una inmensa multitud se había reunido de nuevo en torno a la pagoda Sule. “Les damos 10 minutos. Si no se van, emplearemos medidas extremas”, gritaron los soldados a través de megáfonos. Poco después, por lo menos 100 personas habían sido detenidas y obligadas a subir a camiones militares, mientras los otros manifestantes huían corriendo por las calles del centro, explicaron los testigos.

Los jóvenes, acompañados por unos 20 monjes budistas, cantaron el himno nacional birmano mientras encaraban a decenas de policías y soldados armados que les impedían el paso, afirmaron los testigos.

“El general Aung San nunca habría ordenado al ejército que matase al pueblo”, gritaron, en referencia al difunto héroe de la independencia birmana y padre de la líder pro democrática y premio Nobel de la Paz Aung San Suu Kyi.

EEUU anuncia sanciones contra 14 altos cargos birmanos.Applause

¿Un nuevo Tiananmen?

El último episodio acontecido en la revuelta popular de Birmania hace temer lo peor. Anoche, Kyaing Kyaing, esposa del jefe de la Junta Militar, el general Than Shwe, acompañada de su hija, Thadar Shwe, y de uno de sus nietos, tomó un vuelo de Air Bagan en primera clase y abandonó el país.

La situación de Birmania (formalmente Myanmar, nombre que, por cierto, la oposición no acepta porque fue una ocurrencia del nuevo orden castrense) no ha hecho más que ir a peor desde que el pasado 19 de agosto la Junta Militar que gobierna el país con mano de hierro decidiera subir el precio del combustible un 500%.

La revuelta popular de estos días, a diferencia de la que desencadenó la matanza de 1988, está liderada por el movimiento budista, y encabezada por los monjes de la gran pagoda de Shwedagon, el primer santuario del país, símbolo de la nación, que hasta ahora no se había destacado por su hostilidad al régimen.

En el país no se celebran elecciones legislativas desde 1990, cuando Aung San Suu Kyi, al frente de la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (LND), consiguió una victoria abrumadora que la facción militar se negó a reconocer y que resolvió disolviendo el parlamento y encarcelándola, para más tarde ponerla bajo un arresto domiciliario que todavía hoy continúa.

Desde entonces, Than Shwe, mantiene a su país sometido a un régimen de terror y secretos, fortaleciendo el papel del ejército y asfixiando toda aspiración democrática. Además, en este tiempo, se ha esforzado por lograr un acercamiento a China, Rusia, India y Tailandia, países muy interesados en los recursos naturales birmanos, fundamentalmente el gas. Y a tenor de los acontecimientos, lo ha conseguido: El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU instó ayer a la Junta Militar a ejercer la “contención” en sus actos violentos contra la población civil, pero el veto de China evitó la condena del máximo órgano de Naciones Unidas contra el régimen.

Y otra vez los recursos energéticos de por medio.

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Myanmar soldiers fire weapons into crowd – China continues blocking democracy

And more about the repression to the Saffron revolution:

Myanmar soldiers fire weapons into crowd – Yahoo! News

Soldiers fired automatic weapons into a crowd of anti-government protesters Thursday as tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta’s crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press that several people, including a Japanese national, were found dead following Thursday’s protests.

The information was transmitted by Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry to the Japanese Embassy in Yangon, the official said on condition of anonymity citing protocol.

The chaos came a day after the government launched a crackdown in Yangon that it said killed at least one man. Dissidents outside Myanmar reported receiving news of up to eight deaths Wednesday.

Some reports said the dead included Buddhist monks, who are widely revered in Myanmar, and the emergence of such martyrs could stoke public anger against the regime and escalate the violence.

As part of the crackdown, monasteries were raided overnight by pro-junta forces in which monks were reportedly beaten and more than 100 were arrested.

The regime is searching for journalists throughout hotels, because it’s rumoured that there are some of them who have entered the country with a tourist visa…

[My mother, who is not normally interested in international news, is absolutely outraged… And I didn’t have time to explain anything to her. After that, she is really angry… ]

And China is just supporting its strategic partnership with the Junta, and pushing Russia to support her:

During the session, China denied its vote to a joint formal declaration which would have condemened the acts of the Military Junta during the peaceful demonstrations of these last days. It was not possible either to discuss about possible sanctions, even when the French FM Bernard Kouchner insisted in a condemnation to the Burmese leaders. The Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Wang Guangya, said after the meeting that the sanctions against Burma would not be of great help.

Of course not, China is just subsidizing the Junta, it is the 1st commercial partner and the 1st investor in the country. They are not going to shoot themselves in the foot…

(+) Burmanet.org has posted a photo showing death in the streets.

They have also posted several videos of the protests.

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De Libertad Digital:

Un destacamento de soldados birmanos han entrado en el hotel “Traders”, en el centro de Rangún, y comenzó a registrar habitación por habitación para buscar a varios periodistas extranjeros que han entrado en el país con visado de turista. En las calles, unas setenta mil personas, entre monjes y opositores, protestan contra la represión y las redadas ordenadas por la Junta Militar para acabar con las multitudinarias manifestaciones.

Según informaciones de testigos a emisoras de radio de la disidencia, el Ejército ha lanzado un ultimátum a los manifestantes para que abandonen las calles y regresen a sus casas. En caso contrario usaran sus armas. La respuesta de los opositores fueron consignas contra el régimen militar y gritos de “¡Asesinos, asesinos!” y “¡Venceremos, venceremos!”. Desde la mañana de este jueves, los enfrentamientos han dejado al menos un muerto, decenas de heridos y más de cien detenidos.

En el monasterio Ngwe Kyar Yan unas diez mil personas se enfrentaron a los soldados y policías estacionados en el lugar para impedir que se formase una nueva movilización. En la pagoda de Sule, en el casco viejo de la ciudad, otros varios cientos de personas protagonizaron una sentada, apoyando con cantos y rezos a un grupo de bonzos, hasta que los cuerpos de seguridad cargaron para dispersar la protesta con disparos y botes de humo. Los manifestantes, algunos de ellos con heridas, escapaba por las calles adyacentes de la carga.

Y China sigue apoyando a su aliado, que no es otro que la Junta birmana. Leed el link, incluido en la parte en inglés, que he puesto más arriba de DE. 👿

septiembre 26, 2007

Burmanet.org is not reachable!!! (+)

Burmanet.org can’t be accessed. The page says it has some errors. But some hours ago it was totally on.

What has happened??? Has it been hacked??

(+) It’s online again. Uffffffffff! 😛

Related posts:

  1. Military Junta threatens to kill anyone who does not obey curfew (+)
  2. Five monks killed in Burma (+)
  3. Toque de queda en Rangún – Curfews in Burma (+) (+)
  4. Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years (+)

Military Junta threatens to kill anyone who does not obey curfew (+)

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,Communism,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 1:51 pm

The repression continues.

De El Mundo.es:

A las 21 horas entró en vigor en Birmania, rebautizada Myanmar por el régimen militar que gobierna el país, el toque de queda que estará vigente hasta las cinco de la mañana (9.30 hora peninsular española) y se extenderá durante 60 días.

Las calles han quedado desiertas tras una jornada de violencia en la que al menos cinco personas han muerto. La Junta ha amenazado con disparar a todo el que desafíe el aviso.

Es el resultado de la represión militar contra cientos de monjes y otros tantos opositores al gobierno de la Junta Militar que desde hace días se manifiestan pacíficamente en la principal ciudad birmana, Rangún, por la democratización del país.

Soldados del ejército cargaron por la mañana contra los manifestantes para reprimir las movilizaciones, tal y como habían advertido que harían.

[…] en las proximidades de la pagoda de Shwedagon, decenas de monjes fueron golpeados por las fuerzas de seguridad antes de ser arrojados dentro de varios camiones del Ejército que se dirigían a centros de detención. Algunas fuentes afirman que los detenidos son unos 200.

“Aunque se puedan producir enfrentamientos, hemos decidido arriesgar nuestras vidas por el pueblo“, dijo un veterano bonzo de la Alianza de Todos los Monjes Budistas de Birmania (Myanmar), según la revista ‘The Irrawaddy’. En la pagoda de Sule les esperan tropas armadas con ametralladoras y agentes antidisturbios con la orden de disolver cualquier asamblea pública de más de cinco personas.

No tememos ninguna amenaza de los militares, no son rival para nosotros. Continuaremos con nuestra lucha”, indicó el portavoz de la Alianza de Todos los Monjes Budistas de Birmania, U Adipati, en un comunicado, según informó EFE. Applause

En las calles, al paso de los manifestantes, la gente se arrodillaba, juntaba las palmas de las manos y, entre lágrimas, hacía un gesto de reverencia para agradecerles su esfuerzo en la lucha contra los Generales y la dictadura.

(+) Los rusos, tan solidarios, piensan que la crisis en Birmania es un asunto interno. ¿O será que no quieren irritar a China? 😡

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The curfew begun at 5 a.m (Burma time) and will last the next 60 days. The Military Junta has threatened to kill anyone who does not obey the curfew.

In the proximities of the pagoda of Shwedagon, dozens of monks were beaten by security forces before being thrown into several trucks which drove them to detaining centers. Some sources say the detained are more or less 200.

They have decided to risk their lifes for the people, and the people is thanking them the effort in the fight against the Generals and the dictatorship, kneeling when they pass and putting the hands together, while they sob.

We don’t fear any menace from the military, they are no rival for us. We will continue our fight“, stated the speakerperson for the Alliance of All the Burmese Buddhists Monks, U Adipati, in a communiqué for the press.Applause

More in Yahoo.

For the last week, thousands of Burmese monks have marched against the repressive Burmese military regime in cities across that nation. This is the largest public demonstration against the junta in nearly 20 years. As the Alliance of All Burmese Buddhist Monks march, chant, and overturn their almsbowls (patam nikkujjana kamma), refusing to accept donations from members of the military regime. FOR INFORMATION IN PORTLAND PHONE: (971) 285-7399
PHOTO COPYRIGHT JAN VAN RAAY

Monks Protesting in Burma 2007

And lastly a very good photo about the feelings Burmese opposition supporters have for the Chinese:

Supporters of jailed Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Another issue APEC doesn’t want to touch, I’m sure.

(+) Russia considers Saffron Revolution as a mere internal affair. Afraid of China?

More from Burmanet.org:

“We consider any attempts to use the latest developments to exercise outside pressure or interference in the domestic affairs of this sovereign state to be counterproductive,” the statement said.

It called on both the government and the opposition to “exercise restraint”, but added: “We still believe that the processes under way in Myanmar do not threaten international and regional peace and security.”

What morons!!!

More photos here h/t the Belmont Club. wretchard writes:

As is usual with authoritarian regimes, the real source of their weakness is incapacity. Such dictatorships, unless they are artificially propped up by oil, eventually run the economy to the ground.

Why?

the latest protests have centred on bread-and-butter issues such as the skyrocketing costs of food and transportation, concerns that cross the often deep social divisions in a country wracked by decades of ethnic conflicts.

Captain’s Quarters h/t Noblesse Oblige:

This will have one of two results. Either it will act as a Tiananmen Square moment, where the protests shut down from fear of the government, or it will serve as a death blow to the junta. Killing people openly for peaceful protests is the last resort of tyrants, and when it fails to work, the people find their power to overthrow the tyranny.

Bangkok Pundit h/t Belmont Club:

This reminds me of the People’s Power movement against Marcos in 1986 and the key role that senior members of the Catholic Church played. It is one thing to tell a solider to kill a civilian, but it is completely different to tell them to a monk or a nun/priest in a deeply religious country. There would also likely be a strong reaction in Thailand to the killing of any monks by the Burmese military.

NOTE: If you’re the owner of any of these photos and does not want them to be posted here or want to make any other comment, just write me at ladyvorzheva at gmail dot com. Thanks.

Five monks killed in Burma (+)

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,Communism,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 9:23 am

From CNN:

At least five protesters have been killed by Myanmar security forces Wednesday, according to opposition reports, as the anticipated crackdown began.

Speaking to CNN, Aye Chan Naing of Oslo-based opposition group Democratic Voice of Burma, said it had heard that at least five monks had been killed.

Tx to Kate.

I was worried yesterday because of this.

Burmanet has more. An excerpt:

Junta’s preparations

Sources said, the junta has envisaged that the protesting monks would continue despite their restrictions, and that the junta has plans to instigate violence among the demonstrators so as to project the demonstration is going out of control.

If the information is true, as part of the junta’s plan, government-backed thugs taking the form of protesters would attack and destroy Tharmwe Township Peace and Development Council office, and as more people join the attack the army will open fire on protesters, on the pretext that it is protecting government properties.

Gateway Pundit has more.


In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, Myanmar, a fires burn on the streets of Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, as demonstrators and Buddhist monks in cinnamon robes take to the streets. Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas canisters while hauling militant Buddhist monks away in trucks Wednesday as they tried to stop anti-government demonstrations in defiance of a ban on assembly. (AP Photo/ Democratic Voice of Burma) .


Security forces fired shots above the crowd. Earlier, soldiers sealed off the Shwedagon Pagoda, the focal point of the recent demonstrations against decades of military rule. Police used tear gas and beat Buddhist monks who tried to enter the shrine. (Euronews)

The International Community reacts to Burma:

Speaking from the Labour Party Conference in England, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting on Burma and for a UN envoy to be sent to the country. He said the whole world was now watching and that Burma’s illegitimate and repressive regime should know that the whole world was going to hold it to account. A statement issued by the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union said that it along with the US government would tighten sanctions on Burma if violence was used against peaceful demonstrators. Several European foreign ministers, including Germany’s Frank Walter Steinmeier have individually urged the military junta to exercise restraint. Australia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said that his country would not support economic sanctions against Burma as they would have no impact instead urging a diplomatic solution.

The Burma Military Junta must be totally scared about being sent a ferocious UN envoy. 😡 👿 😈

Free Korea.us has more. Specially important is this timeline:

  • 9/21: Original post, background of the protests.
  • 9/22: Monks march to Aung San Suu Syi’s home in record downpour; 10,000 protest in Mandalay.
  • 9/23: Protests hit 8 cities; Rangoon turnout at 20,000; World leaders speak out against use of force to quell protests, but the U.N. is silent. [and yet we want to send a UN envoy there, do we? 😡 ].
  • 9/24: Rangoon protests draw 100,000; Their hold on power seriously threatened, junta generals threaten to use force; Bush to announce new sanctions before U.N. General Assembly; Burmese entertainers join the opposition.
  • 9/25: New protests launched; Rising fears of a crackdown; Government declares curfew, sends troops to key locations.
  • 9/26: 5,000 monks and 5,000 students continue to defy ban; police beat, arrest 300 monks, fire tear gas and warning shots.

(+) As I emailed Kate before:

Unconfirmed reports of five monks, one woman dead

The AFP report said one monk died as he tried to take a weapon away from a soldier, and two others were beaten to death.

[…] Witnesses said the military government fired at protesters, hurled tear gas and wielded batons to break up protests in Rangoon. In Mandalay, shots were fired over the heads of protestors.

In both cities, security forces rounded up and arrested many protest leaders and others, according to sources on the scene.

[…] Dozens of protesters and activists including members of the NLD, protesting Buddhist monks and other protest leaders were arrested throughout the day at different areas in Rangoon, in Mandalay and in Kachin state.

In Rangoon, two well-known activists, the veteran politician Amyotheryei Win Naing and the popular Burmese comedian Zarganar, were arrested overnight on Tuesday.

The well-known Burmese actor Kyaw Thu and the poet Aung Win are being sought by authorities for their role in aiding monks in recent days, according to sources.

Crackdown wasn’t expected

One seasoned writer on Burma, Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist and author, said: “Regardless of what international opinion says, they [military rulers] have done that before and they would not hesitate to do it again.”

Warnings of firm action were first heard on Monday, when the Religious Affairs Minister, Brig-Gen Thura Myint Maung, was quoted on state-owned radio as saying that unless the monks stopped their protests action would be taken against them “according to the existing law.”

He blamed the protests on “destructive elements who do not want to see peace, stability and progress in the country”.

Refugees are expected due to crackdown

Humanitarian workers at the Thai-Burmese border are preparing themselves for a flow of refugees from the violent government crackdown on demonstrations in Rangoon and Mandalay.

When clashes broke out between security forces and demonstrators in the 1988 nationwide popular uprising thousands of students and pro-democracy activists fled to Thailand.

An NGO worker in Chiang Mai told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that if a similar exodus occurred humanitarian organizations would be prepared to receive the refugees.

Dr Sann Aung, a Burmese elected member of parliament living in exile, told Thailand’s English language daily The Nation that he hoped Burmese who fled the oppression in their country would not face another crackdown in Thailand.

Cartoon: We will deal with protests in a correct manner.

At least 17 monks are injured h/t Kate.

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Al menos cinco monjes han sido asesinados en Birmania durante las protestas lideradas por los monjes, según el grupo opositor Democratic Voice of Burma.

Pero hay más: según Burmanet.org, website especializada en noticias sobre Birmania, la Junta ha elaborado un plan consistente en instigar la violencia entre los manifestantes, mediante la inflitración de matones a sueldo que inicien ataques contra sitios oficiales. Al parecer el primero consisitiría en atacar y destruir la Oficina del Consejo del Desarrollo y Paz de la Ciudad de Tharmwe. Conforme más personas se unieran a los atacantes, la policía abriría fuego directo contra los manifestantes, bajo pretexto de que estaban protegiendo propiedades públicas.

También se han visto soldados totalmente armados por la ciudad de Rangún.

Las reacciones de la Comunidad Internacional van desde Gordon Browm (Premier inglés) pidiendo que se mande un enviado de la ONU previa sesión en el Consejo de Seguridad; la Presidencia portuguesa de la Unión, apoyando a Bush con las sanciones económicas y el Ministro Australiano de Asuntos Exteriores Alexander Downer, no apoyándolas y diciendo que hay que pedir una solución diplomática.

Lo del feroz enviado ONUsiano es poco menos que de película cómica, considerando que, para no defraudar a su público, la ONU todavía no se ha pronunciado.

Por cierto, que la policía ha arrestado a 300 monjes y ha disparado gas lacrimógeno. Pero Occidente quiere enviar a uno de la ONU o “soluciones diplomáticas“. Maravilloso.

(+) Al parecer también han matado a una mujer. Uno de los monjes murió al intentar quitar un arma a un soldado y otros dos fueron apaleados hasta morir.

Las fuerzas del orden han detenido a varios activistas. Especialmente importantes han sido las detenciones del veterano político Amyotheryei Win Naing y del actor cómico Zarganar. La policía está buscando además, al actor Kyaw Thu y al poeta Aung Win, a quienes acusa de ayudar a los monjes en las protestas.

El veterano escritor sobre Birmania, Bertil Lintner, un escritor y periodista sueco dijo: “Cualquiera que sea la opinión internacional, ellos (la junta militar) lo han hecho antes (represión sangrienta) y no dudarán en volverlo a hacer otra vez.”

Tailandia se prepara para una llegada masiva de refugiados.

Al parecer hay otros 17 monjes heridos.

septiembre 25, 2007

Toque de queda en Rangún – Curfews in Burma (+) (+)

Filed under: Birmania/Burma,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship — Nora @ 7:17 pm

Escribía ayer sobre las manifestaciones contra la Junta Birmana que ya son las más importantes en los últimos 20 años. Pues bien ha sido decretado el toque de queda:

La Junta Militar de Myanmar impuso hoy toque de queda en Rangún y declaró a la ciudad, la más importante del país, área militar “restringida” tras días de protestas.

El anuncio fue hecho a través de altavoces por parte de responsables gubernamentales que cruzaban la ciudad a bordo de camiones, afirmaron testigos.

La orden, que entrará en vigor mañana, impone un toque de queda de las 21:00 a las 05:00 horas locales (14:30-22:30 horas GMT), y declaró la ciudad y sus alrededores “área restringida”, un término normalmente reservado para zonas militares o de conflicto.

Las restricciones serán aplicadas durante 60 días y una orden similar fue impuesta en la ciudad de Mandalay, explicaron los funcionarios.

“Esta orden fue tomada a causa de las protestas. ¡No organicen grupos de más de cinco personas!”, advirtieron los altavoces.

Desde hace años, en Myanmar no se permiten concentraciones de más de cinco personas, pero la ley ha sido ignorada por los manifestantes en las últimas cinco semanas.

y hay temores fundados de una violenta represión de las protestas pacíficas.

Cuando escribí sobre China, hice una mención a la Junta birmana que es necesario volver a repetir:

China repetidamente ha apoyado a la Junta Militar Birmana, a pesar de las protestas internacionales contra el régimen que tiene presa a la líder opositora Aung Syi, sólo porque ganó unas elecciones con más del 80% de apoyo. China es “el mayor inversor del país, el mayor consumidor de sus recursos y su principal proveedor de armas, y miles de trabajadores chinos han entrado en el país“. Eso sí, como ha visto que hay mucha presión internacional les diceque deben seguir el procedimiento democrático“. Pero si China no lo ha iniciado aún…

Repito: China es el mayor inversor del país, el mayor consumidor de recursos y su principal proveedor de armas y miles de trabajadores chinos han entrado en el país.

La perspectiva es muy negra… 😦

(+) La Junta ya había amenazado con una represión violenta SI las protestas no cesaban.

Bush pedirá más sanciones para la Junta Birmana. Pero como ya dijo Valea, los que van a cobrar van a ser los ciudadanos… 😡 👿

(+) Como  Kate me ha dejado en comentarios, el toque de queda ha sido suspendido, pero la policía ha cargado contra la nueva marcha convocada con bastones. La nueva marcha parece dirigirse hacia la casa de Aung Suu, la líder opositora.

La gente está cada vez más enfadada con el trato dado a los monjes. Sin embargo, la Junta ya ha iniciado la represión: ayer detuvieron a dos líderes opositores.

Las próximas horas serán cruciales para determinar si todo tiene un final feliz (como todos deseamos) o si vuelve a pasar lo del año 1988, en el que la policía abrió fuego contra los manifestantes pacíficos, matando a millares.

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In English:

Myanmar government imposes curfews.

The military Junta has been traditionally supported by China:

China has repeatedly has supported the Burman Military Junta, against all the international protests against the regime who maintains the detention of the opposition leader Aung Syi, just because she won the last elections with more than 80% of the people’s support. China is “the most important investor of the country, the most important consumer of its resources, and its main weapons provider and thousands of Chinese wordkers have entered the country by now“. Of course, as China sees there is a lot of international pressure, Chinese authorities have said themthat they should follow the democratic process“. The best thing is that China has not begun it…

A violent repression is feared, after the Military Junta menaced with that yesterday. The Military Junta has accused the monks of being allies of foreign enemies 👿

For more background, just read Debbie.

Boinky posts “Why religion is dangerous?” Because of the peaceful protests led by monks.

(+) US President Bush is going to ask for more sanctions against Burma Military Junta. The problem is that the citizens are going to suffer them mostly:

President Bush wants the U.N. to uphold its pledge to fight for freedom in lands of poverty and terror and plans to punctuate his challenge by promising new sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar.

[…] The policies come as Myanmar’s military government issued a threat Monday to the barefoot Buddhist monks who led 100,000 people marching through a major city. It was the strongest protest against the repressive regime in two decades.

I’m worried, very worried. 😦

(+) As Kate has left me in the comments section, the curfew has ended, but the police has charged against the protestors:

Police charged the crowd outside the Shwedagon Pagoda where demonstrators were rallying for their ninth day of protest marches, eyewitnesses say.

The new march seems to be heading towards the home of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Police and troops are surrounding key Buddhist sites around the city.

We have already decided to risk our lives for the people,

Senior monk

Analysts fear a repeat of the violence in 1988, when troops opened fire on unarmed protestors, killing thousands.

In a further sign that the military authorities are cracking down, two key dissidents were arrested late on Tuesday night.

The atmosphere in Rangoon is described by eyewitnesses as extremely tense, the BBC’s Jonathan Head reports from Bangkok.

The mood among the crowds of bystanders is becoming very angry over the treatment of the monks, our South East Asia correspondent reports.

I am more worried than yesterday… 😦

Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years (+)

Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years | Top News | Reuters.com

Tens of thousands of people joined Buddhist monks on marches in Myanmar’s former capital on Monday in the biggest demonstration against the ruling generals since they crushed student-led protests nearly 20 years ago.”I’m very excited and frankly I’m worried too,” a teacher said as she watched the massed opposition in Yangon to 45 years of army rule that has impoverished the Southeast Asian nation of 53 million people.

A senior U.S. official said President George W. Bush would announce new sanctions against Myanmar’s rulers and call for support for political change in the country formerly known as Burma during a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The European Union urged Myanmar’s military junta to show the “utmost restraint” in dealing with the demonstrations.

“We hope that the regime will use this opportunity to launch a process of real political reform,” said Cristina Gallach, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Result:

Burma’s ruling military junta has warned it is ready to “take action” against Buddhist monks leading mounting protests, state media have reported.

Brig Gen Thura Myint Maung, minister for religion, warned them not to break Buddhist “rules and regulations” as Rangoon saw the largest march yet.

He blamed the protests on “destructive elements” opposed to peace in Burma.

President George W Bush is set to announce fresh US sanctions on Burmese leaders, the White House says.

The sanctions, which will include a ban on US visas, will be announced during Mr Bush’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday, US National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said.

The military government has so far showed restraint against the protests.

😦

2007 Burmese protests against Government.

Aung San Suu Kyi in Wikipedia (en español, in English)

En Español, podeis leer el post que ha escrito Valea:

Reconozco que estoy encantado viendo cómo se desarrollan los acontecimientos en Birmania, como todos conocemos a Myanmar. Encantado pero tremendamente asustado por las consecuencias y la ola de represión que pueden seguirla.

Totalmente de acuerdo.

Martha  Colmenares también se ha hecho eco de las protestas.

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