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Burmese FM blames 'opportunists'
Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win - 1/10/2007
Nyan Win said security forces exercised restraint
Burma's Foreign Minister Nyan Win has blamed "political opportunists" for trying to turn protests by a small group of activists into a showdown.
Speaking to the UN General Assembly, he said "normalcy" had returned to Burma after days of pro-democracy protests.
At least nine people were killed, and possibly many more, when security forces ended days of mass protests.
UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari is due to meet Burma's military leader General Than Shwe, a UN official said.
If the Burmese military wanted to silence the protesters through fear, they seem to have largely succeeded. But they know they cannot keep the monks locked up for ever, and people are waiting anxiously to see what happens next.
Thousands of monks detained in Burma's main city of Rangoon will be sent to prisons in the far north of the country, sources have told the BBC.
Rangoon; 5 p.m.—About 70 of those arrested in recent protests were released on Monday at about 5 p.m., according to sources in Rangoon. Authorities told family members to go to the office of Hlaing Township Peace and Development Council at 5 p.m. to collect their detained relatives.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Australia rejects Myanmar ambassador nomination
Australia has rejected Myanmar's nomination of Brigadier-General Thura U Thet Oo Maung, a former member of the Myanmar Army Command as envoy to Canberra in response to the crackdown on Buddhist monks and pro-democracy supporters in the country, the Australian government said on Tuesday.
"We made it clear to the Burmese that under no circumstances were we going to have somebody from their military regime as an ambassador," Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said.
Call To Action
We honor and commend all those physicians, nurses and medical and nursing students who provided medical care to those injured peaceful protestors
At the same time, we are saddened by the fact that those peaceful protestors who received injuries and wounds were not allowed to be taken to hospitals immediately. What is more repulsive to us is the news that some of the wounded and injured were cremated live at Ye Way cemetery. Therefore, we the Concerned Myanmar Physicians and Professionals strongly condemn SPDC for such inhuman acts of atrocity committed against its own people.
As a civilized nation and society, we the People cannot and will not tolerate the rule of atavistic bullies who dare to maim and massacre venerable sangha and unarmed lay citizens in full view of the world.
Therefore, we emphatically urge our fellow physician, nurses and healthcare professionals to join hands with our venerable Sayadaws and people in the general strike that will begin on Monday, October 1, 2007.
We also urge fellow members of our professions who are serving in the military to join us in this fight for the future of our People, Sasana and Nation.
Concerned Myanmar Physicians and Professionals Group
"I witnessed the aftermath - survivors with legs cut off and all kinds of land mine injuries, maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off. We saw many elephants with blown off legs. We hear about Vietnam and Cambodia and this was more horrific,'' Stallone told Associated Press.
"Our own estimate is about 6,000 people detained, not killed, but detained," including about 2,400 monks, said DVB's chief editor, Aye Chan Naing. He said they were being held in at least four places: the Insein prison; a pharmaceutical factory; a technical institute and a disused racecourse.
Taking advantage of international concern regarding the daily demonstrations in Burma, IT security and control firm Sophos has cautioned computer users to be wary of a malicious email which claims to be a message of support for monks and other protesters in Burma from the Dalai Lama. In reality, however, it carries a malicious attack designed to infect the recipient's PC.
The email reads as follows:
Dear Friends & Colleagues, Please find enclosed a massage from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in support of the recent pro-democracy demonstrations taking place in Burma. This is for your information and can be distributed as you see fit.
Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
When users open the attached document (filename: hhdl burma_001.doc), it attempts to exploit a Word vulnerability which in turn tries to drop a Trojan horse onto the victim's PC. Sophos proactively detects the malicious document as Exp/1Table-B and the Trojan it tries to install as Agent-CGU.
Sophos experts note that to add even more credibility to the message and to encourage a greater number of victims to open the attachment, a link to official website of the Dalai Lama was included.
NEW DELHI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Giant neighbour and friend India renewed pressure on Myanmar on Tuesday to hasten political reform, saying it had urged the military rulers to consider probing the use of force on pro-democracy campaigners.
"The minister also expressed the hope that the process of national reconciliation and political reform, initiated by the government of Myanmar, would be taken forward expeditiously," the foreign ministry statement said.
"Further, he suggested that the government could consider undertaking an inquiry into recent incidents and the use of force," it added.
Expressen said on its website that the man, who identified himself as Hay Chu, offered to provide the tabloid's journalist "safe passage home" since police "can no longer guarantee the safety of foreigners."
Show us then Sir, show us Burma’s child novice monks like these, show them to us, guarantee their safe passage has been upheld… since you ordered young soldiers to raid the monasteries, drag the monks to the deep jungle, killing them and hiding their bodies, since you ordered soldiers to invade monasteries to harm monks in sacred space, to set fires, to surround monasteries and not allow food into the monasteries, beating up all Burmese who love the monks and want to help them….