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Myanmar: Updates From 26 September

YouTube user dennisbier09 has posted two video clips and writes

This 2 part video shows both Monks and ordinary civilians protesting the military government in Myanmar (Burma). The footage was taken on a rainy Monday afternoon in the former capital of Yangon (Rangoon) on September 24, 2007.

Awzar Thi has collected pictures on the protests uploaded by Myanmar bloggers at Saffron Revolution.

Thailand based Bangkok Dazed is thinking about his friends in Myanmar

I received a couple of e-mails this afternoon from friends in Yangon. One describes the current situation as “Very, very tense. Our school is getting closed down starting tomorrow. Don't know what's going to happen next.” Another local said that “Here they started fighting in downtown today. It seems bad. I will write later. I don't know how long we will have internet … maybe they will cut soon.” I’ve been surfing online constantly the past few days, trying to get updates on the ongoing situation. Supposedly a curfew is now in effect for Yangon and Mandalay.

Meanwhile, Malaysian politician Lim Ki Siang is urging Malaysia and the regional grouping ASEAN to do more to avoid a bloodbath in Myanmar.

Malaysia and ASEAN must come into the very forefront in regional and international efforts to support a peaceful resolution of the monk-led mass protest marches in Rangoon and Mandalay especially as ASEAN had given the Myanmar military junta a new legitimacy and fresh lease of life by admitting Myanmar into ASEAN ten years ago.

In an earlier post, the politician cautions China and India, the neighbors and supporters of Myamar's ruling junta

China – and in particular the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 – and India will not be able to escape adverse international repercussions of a bloodbath in Myanmar as they will be blamed for giving support to the Myanmar military junta and turning a blind eye to the bloody crackdown in the country.

Myanmar blogger Yangon Thu shares her thoughts on the happenings in Myanmar. The blogger urges readers to sign a petition requesting

China to influence Burma Junta's actions against the peaceful protesters and also to stop intervening with the UN's work for the people of Burma.

Indian blogger at The Acron feels that China, India and Thailand are not in a position to influence the ruling regime in Myanmar.

External actors—excluding China—have no real levers. And as Chandra asked, how seriously can we expect China to ask the junta to introduce democracy. So Chinese advice will only be limited to telling the junta not to exacerbate the situation by spilling blood. That’s similar to the reaction of ASEAN’s secretary-general. Thailand, which might once have taken a bold position on democracy, is currently under military rule. So you won’t hear much from the Thais either.India’s UPA government—in crisis-mode and with talk of elections next year—is likely to adopt a similar approach. No, the Indian navy won’t be conducting exercises off Myanmar’s shores. The same goes for the US Pacific Fleet.

Bangok Dazed ridicules the approach taken by the United States. American president George Bush announced more sanctions against Myanmar.

More sanctions? What is that going to accomplish at this point? But that’s typical of Bush-style diplomacy: call the country evil, impose sanctions on it, and don’t attempt to actually sit down and talk with anyone.

22 comments

  • halooo..

    iam from indonesia.

    how about blogger in myanmar.
    send me news about “people power”

  • […] sind überall in den Nachrichten, und selbstverständlich auch in den Blogs. Preetam Rai hat auf Global Voices einige der Beiträge zusammengefasst. Bangkok Dazed beschreibt bereits […]

  • Dear all people
    At Burma, a lot of people were died by the junta , they kill the monks , students and public so help the Burmese people , inform to UN, to international country and organization. SO you should do urgently this Burma ‘case.

  • […] have been highlighted by blogs and for the first time in the history of popular uprisings in web videos posted in You […]

  • […] morning when the Chinese blogsphere began to respond to news of the growing protest and subsequent crackdown was when the first Bullog—an independent blog portal home to many prominent Chinese […]

  • buddhist nature

    @mahathir_fan

    surely you are joking….and it’s NOT funny!

    But, to answer your question: the protest began over politically sensitive gas price hikes.

    However, you are grossly mis-informed if you think that only the monks are involved. 3,000 monks led 7,000 civilians in the beginning of this protest.

    Lastly, exactly WHOSE side do you need to hear from, in order to make in impartial decision????

    the junta, who fired automatic weapons into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators? I saw the video.

    the junta , who raided monestaries and brutally beat monks until there blood stained the floor? I saw those pictures.

    the junta, who are denying access to foreign press into the country????

    the junta, who cut off the phones lines and internet access in an attempt to HIDE THE TRUTH of the brutality that these protestors face?

    Is THAT the side you want to hear from????

  • ifan

    Hi,
    Just to inform that the link to The Acron’s article is invalid. It is http://acorn.nationalinterest.in/2007/09/26/where-will-the-satyagrahasaffron-revolution-go/.
    Thanks.

  • I couldn’t help but my tears flowed down my face when I saw the Burmese people marching on the streets. I didn’t know why I had such feeling, so down and so saddened by what is happening. I have read an account of Myanmar a few months back on TIME magazine. And I have seen how the ordinary citizen had kept their silence and tried to live their life under pressure. The pressure had probably been so great that they finally went off the streets, just like when we had our People Power revolution in EDSA in the Philippines. I couldn’t imagine how brutal it could be to repress people’s sentiments, and maybe this is the reason why I couldn’t help but cry. Why can’t the GOOD ones do something about it? Why do we let EVIL triumph? May God move His hand to end all these cruelty!

  • May

    I cry watching this video.
    This is our last chance to get rid of this regime.
    They do not reply with compassion and metta to these peaceful people.

  • May

    please visit my website

    http://www.mayburma.com

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