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Bush to announce sanctions against Burma
President Bush today will announce additional sanctions against the military dictatorship in Burma to support the push for democracy in that Asian country, the White House said yesterday.
Mr. Bush, in a U.N. General Assembly speech, will announce financial sanctions against key members of the regime and those who provide them financial aid, said Stephen J. Hadley, the president's national security adviser.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
But on topic, these things don't just happen, do they? Any possibility the monks are being paid off by a foreign influence?
Burma's military police have attacked a crowd of around 700 anti-government protesters, including monks, with batons and tear gas near a pagoda in Rangoon.
Resorting to violence for the first time to break up protesters, troops dispersed a crowd trying to penetrate a barricade blocking the Shwedagon Pagoda and arrested dozens of people.
Beating their shields with batons, the police chased some of the monks and about 200 of their supporters. Other protesters tried to hold their positions near the eastern gate of the vast pagoda complex.
Amid mounting concern that Burma's military rulers are preparing to launch a bloody crackdown on the thousands who have defied warnings to end their pro-democracy demonstrations, Gordon Brown has threatened to impose tighter sanctions on Burma. As troops and armed police flooded into the centre of Rangoon yesterday, the Prime Minister asked the European Union to extend its sanctions against the regime. He ordered his officials to draw up a list of measures that Britain could impose unilaterally if the EU fails to act.
The Burmese regime – apparently caught off guard by the scale of the demonstrations that have spread through the country over the past week – held a crisis meeting at its headquarters at its new capital, Naypidaw, located deep in the jungle. With discussions apparently led by the Defence Ministry, the regime emerged to issue new, blunt warnings to the demonstrators to end their protests or face the government's response.
As President George Bush announced a new set of sanctions from the United States against Burma, it was reported that the imprisoned democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been moved from house arrest and placed in the notorious Insein jail.
Ko Aung, who was held at the British-built jail as a political prisoner for more than six years, said Insein was known as the "darkest hell-hole in Burma".
"When I was taken there, I had a hood over my head and tape on my eyes. I heard the guards shouting abuse at me and the sound of the prisoners in shackles.
"When I realised that I was at Insein, I cried underneath my hood, because it had such a horrendous reputation," he said.
The guards took Mr Aung to his cell - a concrete cubicle - about six feet by eight feet (2 metres by 2.5) where they removed his hood for the first time."I was immediately struck by the horrible stench. There was no toilet, just a slop bucket filled with human waste and crawling with maggots," he said.
"It was totally disgusting, the food was disgusting. Most of the prisoners have dysentery because of the conditions they are kept in. Many of them also have HIV."
Mr Aung was held in solitary confinement for three years because he complained about the conditions.
The Burmese government is under pressure to avoid violence, with U.S. President George W. Bush tightening sanctions against Burma on Tuesday, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged for peace on Monday. The Dalai Lama and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have also spoken out.
There are a lot of people in the emergency ward in the hospital and people are dying there. One witness told me that there were three monks that were brought in by a taxi driver and one of the monks died at the table - the other two are in a critical condition. A lot of other people are severely injured. Thian, Rangoon
Now the military junta is reducing the internet connection bandwidth and we have to wait for a long time to see a page. Security forces block the route of demonstrations. Yesterday night, the junta announced to people in Rangoon and Mandalay not to leave their houses 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM. I think if the junta decides, they will cut off communication such as internet and telephone lines so that no information can be leaked to the outside world. David, Rangoon
Originally posted by Chorlton
Whilst peacefull protest is a wonderfull thing, in this case, facing the generals and soldiers I fear violence and guns is the only thing that is going to help the Monks win.
The army arent scared to shoot, theyve proven that in the past.
But when people start shooting back and the soldiers see their comrades fall in any numbers I suspect they will drop their guns and run.
A few bowls of rice a day and a uniform isnt worth getting shot for.
Originally posted by Edn
Does anyone even have weapons apart from the government anyway?