Spanish Pundit (II)

septiembre 26, 2007

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.

__________________

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.

Anuncios

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.

____________

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.

septiembre 21, 2007

“I’m innocent,” says Khmer Rouge Brother No. 2

Filed under: Camboya,Communism,DDHH/HR,dictadura/dictatorship,In English — Nora @ 8:50 am

This man is a total sinvergüenza: He is going to blame others for the horrors which were made in Cambodia. Oh, no we didn’t know. The culprits were the militants. Bahhhh!!!

And he promised to tell all at trial!!Angry

“I’m innocent,” says Khmer Rouge Brother No. 2 – Yahoo! News

Khmer Rouge Brother Number Two Nuon Chea proclaimed his innocence when he appeared before Cambodia’s U.N.-backed “Killing Fields” tribunal on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the court said on Friday.

According to a summary released two days after his indictment, Pol Pot’s right-hand man said he bore no responsibility for the 1.7 million people thought to have died. Many were tortured and executed. Others died of starvation, overwork or disease.

During the Khmer Rouge’s four years in charge from 1975 to 1979, real power lay in the hands of the ultra-Maoist movement’s Military Committee of which he was not a member, Nuon Chea was quoted as saying.

“We did not have any direct contact with the bases and we were not aware of what was happening there,” he told the court. He said he had lost 40 relatives during the upheaval.

Nuon Chea’s official rank within the Beijing-backed regime was Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, as the Khmer Rouge called Cambodia, a role scholars say put him in charge of party and state security.

This included Phnom Penh’s notorious S-21 interrogation and torture centre at the Tuol Sleng high school. More than 14,000 prisoners are known to have entered Tuol Sleng’s barbed-wire gates. Around 10 lived to tell the tale.

These are the kind of things that really enrage me. How on earth in a Communist dictatorship so tight as was the Khmer’s the Chiefs of the country did not know what was happening there. And now, he would add he knew it thanks to the MSM…. What a jackass…

But the worst thing is that he was the ideologue of the system of tortures, political and religious persecutions, repression, …

So, of course, lying for him is pecatta minutaWaiting

______________________________

Como ya escribí ayer, han detenido en Camboya al “hermano número dos“, el considerado ideólogo de la matanza de casi 2.000.000 de camboyanos, una cuarta parte del país. Y ¿qué hace el sinvergüenza de él? “Los militantes, fueron ellos, nosotros no sabíamos nada“. Vamos, como se dice vulgarmente, Whistling, silbando el puente sobre el río Kwai. Que nadie se cree que un grado tal de represión, torturas, persecución política y religiosa…, lo hicieron los militantes sin conocimiento de los hermanos.

Y eso que prometió contarlo todo… Se necesita tener caradura…

Aunque claro para él la mentira es algo menor, considerando los crímenes cometidos…

Tortured maid in serious condition after amputation of her limbs

Filed under: Arabia Saudí/Saudi Arabia,DDHH/HR,En español,In English — Nora @ 5:41 am

Gulfnews: Tortured maid in serious condition after amputation of her limbs h/t sandmonkey.

An Indonesian housemaid is in serious condition following amputation of both her hands and feet after a month-long torture by her employers, said a member of the Saudi National Society for Human Rights.

Dr Nora Al Jumaih, member of the monitoring and follow-up committee at the Saudi National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), said in press statements yesterday that she would meet the chairman of the monitoring committee at NSHR to brief him on the case of the Indonesian maid.

She added that a report on the condition of the Indonesian housemaid was prepared and will be handed over to NSHR.

The Indonesian housemaid, whose name was not given, was earlier admitted to the Riyadh Medical Complex, popularly known as Shimaisy Hospital, after being severely beaten for almost one month by her employers, a Saudi man and his wife. The doctors in hospital decided to amputate her hands and feet because of gangrene.

😯 What a pair of beasts! Now let’s see if they are condemned… 😡

Un saudí y su mujer han sometido a su criada a tortura durante un mes. Cuando fue liberada, le han tenido que cortar las manos y los pies porque padecía gangrena. A ver si les condenan…

« Página anterior

Crea un blog o un sitio web gratuitos con WordPress.com.