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Violence Breaks Out in Burma

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Posted on Sep 26, 2007
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Buddhist monks in Burma protest on Wednesday, the day security forces arrested hundreds of monks and activists and began beating and shooting demonstrators, according to reports.

After a long and tense buildup over recent weeks, the standoff between Buddhist monks and security forces in Burma became violent on Wednesday, with differing reports bringing news of gunfire, deaths and mass arrests in the city of Yangon.


AP via My Way News:

Zin Linn, information minister for the Washington-based National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, which is Myanmar’s self-styled government-in-exile, said at least five monks were killed, while an organization of exiled political activists in Thailand, the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area said three monks had been confirmed dead, and about 17 wounded.

Exiled Myanmar media reported similar figures, citing witnesses.

A Norway-based dissident radio station, the Democratic Voice of Burma, said that one monk was killed and several injured in clashes in downtown Yangon.

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By Douglas Chalmers, September 28, 2007 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment

Rangoon: ‘army mutiny’ reported - Troops refuse to fire on crowds - Reports from Rangoon suggest soldiers are mutinying. It is unclear the numbers involved. Reports cite heavy shooting in the former Burmese capital…... http://www.newsdeskspecial.co.uk/burma/

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By Greg, September 27, 2007 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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My heart is breaking for the protesters in Rangoon. These Buddhist monks—men of peace—show such courage.

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By Verne Arnold, September 27, 2007 at 8:22 am Link to this comment

Interesting…General Shwe has requested that his wife and daughter be allowed to enter Thailand.  They have been refused.  This is very important as Thailand has been reluctant to come down too hard on Myanmar in the recent past.
Mynanmar has vast oil and gas reserves that are being developed by China, Thailand and America to name a few.  Curiousor and Curiousor, as time goes on.  Oil seems to rule and the powers that be, are reluctant to do the right thing.  Meanwhile people die.

From Thailand, thought you might be interested.

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By Douglas Chalmers, September 26, 2007 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment

“AUSTRALIAN federal police have been training security forces for Burma’s military leadership for years…” http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22491922-12377,00.html

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By Douglas Chalmers, September 26, 2007 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment

The Western “democratic” nations all expect the Burmese people and their Buddhist monks and nuns to go out into harm’s way in the streets and to have their heads bashed by the military and police thugs. That is hardly supporting them in any meaningful manner.


How many “million-man marches” have the USA ignored in the past few years? They have taught Neocon intransigence to all the world’s dictators and this is the result. If governments can turn their backs on their people for the sake of an elite few money-grabbers, it hardly matters whether it is Washington or Yangon or Mandalay.


Having the cheek to wait for another peoples’ revolution to foment in this day and age is just being barbaric and irresponsible. That goes for the PRC in BeiJing as well. They have to accept their own negative influence in the past and learn to respect the citizens’ freedoms in other countries as well.

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By thomas billis, September 26, 2007 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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When initially asked about Burma the President said he used their shaving cream all the time.He can make all the statements he wants but if it is not followed up by a viglrous diplomatic offensive people will die and he will have accomplished nothing.George H.W. Bush after the 91 war in Irag told the Shias and Kurds to revolt and then did nothing to help them.The same thing will happen in Burma the protestors will be emboldened by the Pres statements and if there is no follow up they will be slaughtered.

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By PatrickHenry, September 26, 2007 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment

I’m sure Bush didn’t even knew they existed until a few days ago.

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By QuyTran, September 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

There’s a blood bath in Rangoon for what ? For the behind scene local politicians profits when the junta collapsed. The deluge is on the other side of the so-called revolution ! Only innocent people sacrificed for nothing.

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