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Myanmar: Prayer Meets and Support in Neighbouring Countries

Cambodian Blogger Mean Lux posted images of the vigil they held in front of Myanmar Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Cambodian Supporting Myanmar Monk

Facebook users also mobilized a Red Shirt for Burma campaign on Thursday night and asked fellow Facebook users to wear red shirts and tops on Friday in support of the monks in Myanmar.
Facebook Red Shirt Group

See also:
Why is Sopheap Wearing a Red T-Shirt? (Beth Kanter)

Malaysian blogger Elizabeth Wong wrote about the solidarity protest in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Solidarity Protest in Malaysia
(image from Elizabeth Wong's blog)

Some 2,000 Burmese and Malaysians joined in a solidarity protest to support the democratic movement in Burma and to protest against the killings of monks, civilians and a journalist.
This was one of the fastest mobilisations to date, as a decision was only firmed around 9 pm last night among the organisers.

In Singapore, theonlinecitizen described the prayer meet at the Burmese Templein Singapore.

The special service was a tribute to those who died in the Burmese protests over the last few days.

A Burmese postgraduate student helped translate a line from the prayer for me: “We pray for those who have given their lives in Yangon, in recent demonstration”.

The mood at the service was solemn, and the monk leading the service called on the community to pray for peace and to offer up their prayers and merits for those who perished in the protests.

theonlinecitizen talked to some Myanmar citizen at the prayer meeting. According to them, they cause of the protests in Myanmar:

He said that the fuel hike in July was only the catalyst for something else which has been simmering below the surface among the Burmese people. “The hike was just the trigger because underneath there are a lot of root causes such as the living conditions in Myanmar. Another is the ruthlessness of the regime.”

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  • […] Myanmar: Prayer Meets and Support in Neighbouring Countries Global Voices Online, MA – … Red Shirt for Burma campaign on Thursday night and asked fellow Facebook users to wear red shirts and tops on Friday in support of the monks in Myanmar. … […]

  • 双手合十:我度己身,继而度众生(The red cassock in Myanmar)…

  • I think we need to put pression on China if we want to achieve something in Burma. One idea is to challenge the moral of attending Olympics games in a Country that does not support democracy. I put up some artworks (self done and proposed for other better skilled artists) in my blog for democracy in Myanmar :
    http://educateprotest.blogspot.com/
    Let me know your opinions.

  • Protesting isn’t enough; One should call his elected officials to withdraw their embassy from Myanmar in order to affect the government.

  • Charles Liu

    Jonathan, if we pull the CIA operatives out of Burma, who’s gonna direct the traffic?

    Anug San Suu Kyi’s connection with the CIA (thru our intelops like DIA officer Col. Robert Helvey) and the Karen insurgency is an open secret:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Aung+San+Suu+Kyi+Robert+Helvey

    http://www.google.com/search?q=Aung+San+Suu+Kyi+Karen+insurgency

    And is it a suprise all this ties back to the American Enterprise Institute, the chief architect of the Iraq war:

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Albert_Einstein_Institution

    “Helvey “was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attache in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya’s Karen insurgent group”

    Here’s more background on Col Robert Helvey and CIA’s agenda to employ non-violent warfare to destablize other countries (the organge/velvet revolutions being the most recent examples):

    http://www.saag.org/papers2/paper198.htm

  • tOn a positive note, The support in all corners of the web is pretty amazing. I’ve been looking at the photos in the flickr group of people from all over the world wearing red t-shirts. The facebook group has grown in size pretty fast. And there was organizing and protests in Second Life
    http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/09/are-you-wearing.html

  • Yes, the online community must continue to hold vigil and provide moral assistance to fulfill the original promise of the Web as a free unfettered frontier for information flow. Burma must be the catalyst from Asia that will transform cyberspace into a global site for ideological negotiation with real space impact. The Facebook group supporting the protest is organizing an International Bloggers’ Day on October 4.

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  • dan

    Help for a free Burma. Join for worldwide blogging action on Oct. 4th. We are from Switzerland and most European countries we will set a signal.
    Check out http://www.free-burma.org/

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