Special Coverage: Burmese protests 2007

Burmese protests It's not often that bloggers become a primary source in a global news story. Recent protests in Myanmar simply would not have been as big a story if there weren't brave people on the inside (and outside) willing to risk everything to spread news, photos and videos via the internet.

Burmese bloggers have even become a news story in their own right, attracting headlines from across mainstream media, and outrage when the internet was blocked by the junta in an attempt to silence them.

At the peak of the protests, Global Voices’ South-East Asia editor Preetam Rai posted daily reports, links, and translations with the dedicated help of our Burmese authors. We have collected these posts on a Special Coverage page that includes links to articles written about Burmese bloggers in mainstream media, and further links to citizen media campaigns in support of the protesters.

As MSNBC's tech blogger, Will Fernia reports:

For international news of this nature Global Voices should be your first click, not just for news but for further links and translations. It's certainly better than randomly clicking through blog directories for worthwhile blog content.


  • Pei

    florian, linn, don’t ask the Chinese to do your dirty work. If you don’t like the situation in Myanmar, go there and start a revolution or press your own government to do something. You two sounds like some gutless politician; you want to kill people but don’t want blood on your hand. Don’t blame your own weakness and laziness on other.

  • linda dimichele

    The situation in Burma is heartbreaking, for those of us who can only sit by and watch such harm being done. I have signed every petition I can and hope one day the voices of the people will be heard. All I can say is that I hope each message of hope gets through and that the poeple of Burma, know that other peope in the world do care and that in my prayers I am sending love light and healing and hope that in the future peace and harmony and equality is given to the people. With love to all those needing hope Linda

  • linda dimichele

    Sophie Lwin, I hope your family are safe and you soon be in touch with them Linda

  • Hello,
    I would like to ask you for a favor, to talk about and post the new campaign dontforgetburma.org if it is not too much trouble for you.

    We created this site because we wanted a space where normal people could show that although the media spotlight over Burma may have dimmed, we are still thinking of Burma.

    The team that runs this site came together through the “Support the Monks’ Protest in Burma ” Facebook group (439,000 members) and has created the website http://www.burma-watch.org .

    We’re a team of activists from around the world that work around the clock on our sites, we were key to coordinating the Global Day of Action for Burma on October 6th 2007 and Aung Sang Suu Kyi day (October 24th 2007).

    We’d like to thank our launch partners who have helped make this project work., they are: Burma Campaign UK, The US Campaign for Burma, Avaaz.org, the European Burma Network and wearenotafraid.com .

    About Burma

    Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world; a dictatorship charged by the United Nations with a “crime against humanity” for its systematic abuses of human rights, and condemned internationally for refusing to transfer power to the legally elected Government of the country – the party led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

    In September 2007 monks led thousands of peaceful protestors onto the streets of Burma. The Burmese military put this peaceful uprising down with ruthless brutality routinely using violence and torture against the protestors, even the monks. The people of Burma have lived under military dictatorship for 45 years. The last peaceful uprising that occurred in1988 was brutally put down by the army killing at least 3,000 people. However the West didn’t act because very little news came out of Burma. This time is different, we know people have been tortured, we know hundreds and possibly thousands of people have been murdered by the regime in an attempt to put down the uprising.

    To make sure the world doesn’t forget get active, submit a photo of support to this site, join the Facebook group and find a local activist organisation via http://www.burma-watch.org/index.php?option=com_glossary&Itemid=113

    Sophie Lwin

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  • Min Raza

    There is a well known example in Buddha teaching, when you spit sky, it will fall on your face.
    Natural Law is equal among every human on the world, already shown examples, Ghandhi,Hitler, Togyo,Saddam,Mendala.
    Most of Empires build on blood , skull and fears always wipe out from world sonner or later.

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  • watson

    How on Erath the so called Myanmar Government keep still hurting it is own peoples.I guess we don`t understand the realities and fact of this peoples unless we are not in thier shoes.may Lord be with you the Myanmar peoples I believe such bad things is from up and please look up
    May God be with you all Myanmar troubled peoples

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