Myanmar: List of Detainees and Letter From A 88 Generation Worker

Blogger Niknayman has a list of names and affiliations of over 300 monks and civilians who have been arrested by the Myanmar Military Regime. Many are from the National League of Democracy, the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Newspapers across Asia are putting the number of detained people at 1500. Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norwegian organization reports that the number of arrested is much higher at over 2000. Death toll is rumoured to be in the hundreds, though the Myanmar Junta refuses to confirm the official number.

Democratic Voice of Burma is quoting this announcement from Ko Sein Lin, a 1988 Generation worker. In 1988, there was a similar protest against the Myanmar Junta, led mostly by the students. These protests were brutally crushed by the Junta and over 3000 people were thought to have been killed and many more tortured.

Ko Sein Lin urges the rest of the workers to join in the protest against the Myanmar Junta:

Only the citizens of Myanmar should be the Mother and the Father of the country. (The Myanmar Junta has repeatedly tried to brainwash the citizens by trying to elevate the army's status as that of being the parents of the country.)

During the “Sangha's heroic act of peaceful defiance against the Junta”:

1) Many monks, students and civilians have been ruthlessly killed, beaten and tortured by the evil Junta, in a bid to crackdown on the protests. We workers from the 1988 generation vehemently oppose these acts of violence.

2) We urge the workers in the government sector and also those in the public companies to look upon the flag of the Sangha (monks) and to be united as one and we also urge the founders and CEOs of the public and private companies to support the workers’ unity.

3) We, 88 Generation workers would like to announce that we will unite with the citizens of Myanmar, in protest against the evil Myanmar Junta and will join in the fight against the military regime, until they are wiped out.

The citizens of Myanmar should study the legendary history of Myanmar (where we have been victorious) and be prepared to fight as one, even if there were to be bloodshed. [author's note: this sentence was especially difficult to translate as it was a Myanmar idiom that does not exist in English but yours truly has tried her best to convey the meaning behind it]

We would like to request that all workers cease work and to join in the protest against the evil Junta.

-Workers from the 88 Generation


  • ye win

    The junta had shown the world that they are willing to do anything to keep the firm grip on power. They can attack, maim, kill and torture the monks, even the images of Lord Buddha. The junta sent the hard-core criminal to carry out the night raids in Monasteries. We could hear the cries coming out during the night raid. The junta is still looking 4 more monke to torture and beat to death and disability. At the same time, they gave the packs of lies to Burmese people and world media. What an evil power the junta is! Please respond to the calls made by defenseless people of Burma by sending in UN troops now to stop the daily systematic killing by junta. PLEASE ACT NOW FOR OPPRESSED and DEFENSELESS People.UN and International bodies got enough people mandate to rescue them.

  • Charles Liu

    Why do you people ignore the fact George Soros’ OSI has been bank rolling this uprise?

    The Burmese democracy activists have openly acknowleged receiving support from OSI. Add on qusai-government organization like NED funded Einstein Institute operated by CIA officer Col. Rober Helvey – and people wonder why.

    Are you going talk about America’s privatization of foreign policy, where cold-war warriors justify their exsitence by spending their ill-gotten gains on behalf of Uncle Sam?

    Are you going to remind them George Soros was the one who destroyed the Thai Baht back in 1997?

  • anak ajib

    as i see the current events in burma, i see it’s really disturbing. the military should act as the protector of the country and the constitution. but now, look at the junta. they only protecting their lavish lives and corruption. they killing people even the monks! i never realized killing a holy man. monks are the most cool-tempered persons on earth and i was sad that monks are brutally killed by those so-called “defenders of the country”.
    people of burma alone cannot stand the evil power of the junta, they need our support and we should act right now to stop the killings and end the junta dictatorship.

  • vertex record

    While we all agree that the Burmese government needs to be overthrown and tried in court, I must correct your account of Pol Pot. The guy was never subjected to any trial.

  • lulu

    china is happy to keep the military junta on its side, to safe guard its own interests.

    just imagine for a moment, should this evil regime collaspe, the burmese will punish the chinese for its support of junta.

    now, china will not sacrifice its interests for the lives of the poor burmese.

  • Min Raza

    We should stop blaming others, hoping from others. I am convinced that it is enough for us to fight these destroyer of country, fistly downgrade education, secondly ruined religion, thirdly submit to wicked chinese earth and water.
    Sqaurely we face problem, we had lack of unity and leadership, by this I mean that we should fight prepared battle with good unity and trained leadership rather than emotional one. While I acknowledge that NLD is strongest institution to fight evil, I would like to argue that NLD has lack of plan and regeneration of new leadership, we can witness clearly the achievement of NCGUB.
    In my opinion, we should learn from our failure and prepare for coming struggle. I would like to conclude that,
    Firstly, we have to nurture new generation leadership,
    Secondly, we should have movement, every movement has potential to growth.
    Thirdly, rather than we just hope outside powers to fullfill our needs, we have to bear this needs as our responsibilties. If necessery we should arms ourselves.
    There is a will, there is a way.
    Wake up all burmese, we will win this battle.

  • ye win

    It is time to help the oppressed helples people of Burma. The problems as followed.
    1. The Junta does not understand civilised ways of peaceful negotiation, settlements or international mediation.
    2. The junta is very very racist and immatured. They had never learned any from their life. It is really shameful for the respectful parents and ancestors. How were they brought up?
    3. Please look at the History. The armed struggle of ANC to liberate the apertheid South Africa. The same thing happened to free Burma from Facist Japanese occupied force in 1940s. We must learn. Now it is time for ARMED STRUGGLE to remove THE EVIL JUNTA FROM BURMA, BY FORCE. We need helps from UN and Democracy countries.

    This is the reality now. We do not need consent from China or India and even ASEAN to carry out arm struggle.

    Comments are wellcome.

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