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Live Riot blog from Burma with Pictures

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posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 02:42 AM
reply to post by ForPeacenJustice
As far as I know there are allready talks about the next steps. About how , what and where will be the next steps to try and get a democracy.
There are talks between students, different ethnic groups , monks, and civilians.
So it is possible.

I didnt mean only Swe. I meant the top4. What would happen if they are gone? Is there a lower general who is as much feared as them? Who has enough authority? If not, that might be the situation you are looking for.
Bomb the crap out of those 4.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 03:22 AM
reply to post by Drozla

I cant read or speak Dutch Drozla, that information about the video came from the website that I linked.
It was a humanitarian rights activist (according to the site) who stated that he expected the army to fall apart if they were continually asked to open fire on their own people.
I would expect the same, it would have to demoralise them to be called upon to perform such acts. With one leading officer already having defected, I wouldn't think it was unreasonable to expect to see more doing the same.
One problem with it is that those who do defect leave the country in fear, leaving the people to face soldiers who are willing to fire upon them.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 03:27 AM
Link to article containing more news on the intimidation tactics currently being employed by the junta. Also contains some eye witness reports.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - After crushing the democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar’s junta switched to an intimidation campaign Wednesday, sending troops to drag people from their homes in the middle of the night and letting others know they were marked for arrest.

People living near the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most revered shrine and a flash point of unrest during the protests, reported that police swept through several dozen homes about 3 a.m., dragging away many men for questioning.

A U.N. Development Program employee, Myint Nwe Moe, and her husband, brother-in-law and driver were among those taken away by police, the U.N. agency said.

Dozens of Buddhist monks jammed Yangon’s main train station after being ordered to vacate their monasteries - centers of the anti-government demonstrations - and told to go back to their hometowns and villages.

It was not clear who ordered them out. Older abbots in charge of monasteries are seen as tied to the ruling military junta, while younger monks are more sympathetic to the democracy movement.

See the link above for more

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 03:28 AM
Article in a similar vein to the above, but with a report about journalists.

Authorities also released a reporter for the Japanese newspaper Tokyo Shimbun after six days in detention. Min Zaw was taken from his home Friday by plainclothes security personnel who said he would be held temporarily for questioning.

Reporters Without Borders, a media watchdog, has said that several other correspondents of foreign news media, including those of Reuters and Agence France-Presse, were physically attacked or prevented from working in the past month.

The Thailand-based news Web site The Irrawaddy reported three Burmese journalists have been missing for several days. A Japanese video journalist, Kenji Nagai, was killed in Yangon at the height of the demonstrations on Sept. 27. His body was flown out of the country Wednesday.

See the link for more

[edit on 4-10-2007 by ilandrah]

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 03:34 AM
Burma underground has a letter from "Aye Aye".

Dear All,

Internet connections have been pretty much nonexistent since last Wednesday late in the day.

Things are very, very, VERY tense inside the country. In Yangon, many people are staying at home, keeping family close. Most people are at the very least getting in huge stocks of food, water and fuel. The hoarding is pretty amazing. People are locking their houses and gates earlier or all the time. The traffic (where there aren't road blocks) is very light. But still you can see people riding buses, selling fruit, building houses, etc., and trying to carry on with their daily routine. It isn't easy to do. Last week in Yangon, some people arrived at work in the downtown area on Wednesday morning and found themselves unable to return home for at least the following three nights, because the area of the city they were in was locked down while they were at work - no one was able to go in or out. The 9PM-5AM curfew in effect throughout Yangon and other major cities is already having an impact on lots of businesses.

More at link above

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 03:37 AM
Results of Gambari's visit.

The UN special envoy's visit to Myanmar cannot be called a success, the UN secretary-general has said.

However, Ban Ki-moon said Ibrahim Gambari delivered "the strongest possible message" to the country's military rulers over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

"You cannot call it a success," he said, but stopped short of calling it a failure.

He added, however, that he was "relatively relieved that he [Gambari] was first of all able to meet with leaders of the Myanmar government as well as Madame Aung San Suu Kyi".

Giving few details of the envoy's visit or what steps he intended to take next, Ban said he would meet the UN Security Council on Friday to "discuss closely ... what action to take in the future".

See link for more

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 05:35 AM
reply to post by ilandrah
No worries, just wanted to point out the difference. It can still be that the Dutch translation which is on the subtitles aint correct either
I can't check since I do not speak Burmese.
Put simply, the mission failed. As did the previous two. They should've sent some hardliner inthere and not this dude again, who is, according to other diplomats etc a bad choice. Hes a bad diplomat, doesnt have an aura of authority etc. Ah well, atleast they can say now they tried isn't it..

Anyways. One of the main problem they are facing now is that the news about Burma is not headline news anymore since we havent got photo's and video's where people are shot and/or beaten to death. And we won't get much more of that either, seeing how effective the mediablock is from there.

The EU also put harder sanctions on Burma, but its unlikely they are hurting the 4 top generals. And those are the ones you need to hurt.
Think the only chance is to persuade China to allow a force inthere. Or if all Burmese unite. At the moment the second choice seems the most likely one.

Various groups are asking for humanitarian aid so they dont have to worry about food while trying to protest. One can donate to various organizations.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 05:52 AM
Thanks to whoever it was who gave the link to the petition. I signed it and sent it on to my 573, 072 thousand friends and they have all signed it too!!!

Doesn't it feel great that when we feel powerless, we can do something that prolly won't make a difference in the slightest but still makes you feel like you did something?

[edit on 4-10-2007 by Thurisaz]

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 01:43 PM

The military junta PM Lt-Gen Soe Win’s treatment was a hush-hush affair, as it was kept under wraps. He had been ill for a considerable time. He died this evening, in Yangon


1 down. Severals are going to following his way.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's military rulers on Thursday accused foreign governments of trying to destroy the country, while soldiers carried out more overnight raids to arrest people suspected of joining a pro-democracy uprising.

Meanwhile, Myanmar's junta leader, Gen. Than Shwe, has offered to meet democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, if she agrees to end her support for sanctions against the military regime, the Associated Press reported state media saying on Thursday.


BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- While international attention has focused on the protests for democracy in Myanmar's cities, a hidden war has decimated generations of the country's powerless ethnic minorities, who have faced brutality for decades.

The Karen, the Shan and other minority groups who live along the Myanmar-Thai border have been attacked, raped and killed by government soldiers. Their thatched-roofed, bamboo homes have been torched. Men have been seized into forced labor for the army, while women, children and the elderly either hide out in nearby jungles until the soldiers leave or flee over the mountains to crowded, makeshift refugee camps.

"Many, many thousands of Karen have died in those 60 years," Karen National Union secretary general Mahn Sha said this week of his people's struggle for autonomy since 1947.

More on Myanmar's ethnic minorities suffer a 'hidden war'.

Children from the Karen National Union insurgent army at the 51st anniversary celebrations of the army's rebellion. (From CNN)

[edit on 4-10-2007 by BetterMyanmar]

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 01:57 PM

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- One hundred shot dead outside a Myanmar school. Activists burned alive at government crematoriums. A Buddhist monk floating face down in a river.


Authorities have acknowledged that government troops shot dead nine demonstrators and a Japanese cameraman in Yangon. But witness accounts range from several dozen deaths to as many as 200.

"We do believe the death toll is higher than acknowledged by the government," Shari Villarosa, the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar, told The Associated Press on Monday. "We are doing our best to get more precise, more detailed information, not only in terms of deaths but also arrests."

Villarosa said her staff had visited up to 15 monasteries around Yangon and every single one was empty. She put the number of arrested demonstrators -- monks and civilians -- in the thousands.

"I know the monks are not in their monasteries," she said. "Where are they? How many are dead? How many are arrested?"

Details on Myanmar death toll: Where are the monks?

[edit on 4-10-2007 by BetterMyanmar]

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 02:01 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- After crushing the democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar's junta stepped up its campaign to intimidate citizens Wednesday, sending troops to drag people from their homes in the middle of the night and letting others know they were marked for retribution.

"We have photographs! We are going to make arrests!" soldiers yelled from loudspeakers on military vehicles that patrolled the streets in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city

People living near the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most revered shrine and a flash point of unrest during the protests, reported that security forces swept through several dozen homes about 3 a.m., taking away many men and even some women for questioning.

Details in this article Myanmar troops launch nighttime roundups to intimidate activists

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 02:05 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- The United Nations Human Rights Council is pushing for a fact-finding mission to Myanmar as video smuggled out of the secretive country shows unarmed protesters being beaten by the military regime's security forces.

U.N. envoy Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told CNN International the council "will be in a very strong position to convince the (Myanmar) government ... to receive me" after passing a resolution on Tuesday condemning the violent repression of pro-democracy protests.

The mission would follow a visit by U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari who sought to quell the tensions by meeting with junta leaders and pro-democracy leaders, including detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
But some video of the protests has made it out of the tightly-controlled country, and seem to contradict the statement by Myanmar's foreign minister U Nyan Win, who said the country's security personnel have "exercised utmost restraint" in dealing with massive demonstrations
A pile of sandals remains in the street, evidence of the stampede that followed the military crackdown.

Details on U.N. pushes for Myanmar probe

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 02:11 PM

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) -- This may be the world's only national capital without mobile phone service or international flight connections. It certainly doesn't have traffic problems. And you won't find any food carts clogging the streets.

All of this suits Myanmar's paranoid military leaders just fine.

Welcome to Naypyitaw, the new capital of Myanmar, where the ruling junta can feel safe in a denuded area nestled among mountain jungle, aloof from the demands for democracy that are popping up elsewhere in the country.

More on Protests kept at bay in Myanmar's new capital

[edit on 4-10-2007 by BetterMyanmar]

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 02:14 PM

Monks join armed resistance

Plans to leave orders and fight government

Many monks who escaped arrest in the Burmese junta’s brutal crackdown on mass demonstrations in Rangoon and Mandalay are returning to their home villages in ethnic areas and joining armed resistance groups.

More on Monks join armed resistance

[edit on 4-10-2007 by BetterMyanmar]

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:37 PM
reply to post by Thurisaz

I know exactly how you feel Thurisaz, my own frustrations grow daily. But I am not yet ready to give up. You are right that much of this probably won't make any difference, but I have to keep trying.
These are the only tools I have to help and I will use them to their full extent.
Forward stories to your media outlets, and to your politicians. Try as hard and for as long as you can to keep their focus on this story.
Much like the people of Burma, if we can make our voices loud enough, they will have no choice but to respond.
At least, that is my hope.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:41 PM
Irrawaddy News has this report about continuing raids on monasteries.

Five monasteries were raided in Rangoon and about 36 monks were arrested overnight on Wednesday, after receiving beatings from soldiers.

“They (soldiers) came and searched for monks on their lists,” a monk told The Irrawaddy. The soldiers had photographs of monks, and if they found a monk who was in a photograph, they arrested all the monks in the monastery, said the monk.

Raided monasteries included Shwetaungpaw, Dhammazaya and Sandilayama monasteries in South Okkalapa Township and Zayawaddy and Pannitayama in North Okkalapa Township. Two mobile telephones that belonged to monks were also seized by troops, said the source.

The raids in the North Okkalapa monasteries started around 10 p.m. and ended in early morning, said Nilar Thein, a leader of the 88 Generation Students group.

“Monks requested soldiers not to use violent acts on them. But soldiers neglected their requests.” she said.

The raids on monasteries in South Okkalapa Township began at midnight and ended at dawn. Everyone in the monasteries, including laymen, women and children, were taken away.

More at the link

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:45 PM
This article says that Universities have been closed indefinitely.

"The university was suddenly closed down on the last day of the examination for the first year students. It is mainly because the authorities fear that the students might join the protest. The commander himself had instructed the teachers and university authorities. The announcement does not give any specific time for re-opening the university but roughly mentions that the university will remain closed for about one month," a University student told Mizzima.

The military commander has also instructed transportation departments to make train, air and bus tickets available to the students, said the student.

Because of the sudden closure of the University, students from Moe Kaung, Moe Nyin, Hopin, and Bamaw towns, residing in hostels constructed near the university are in a spot as the hostels were also ordered to be closed down, local residents said.

"It is difficult for students belonging to remote areas, as some of them do not have enough money to go back home. And the reopening of the university will only be known at the end of November. So some of the students from remote areas have to put up at friends places," said another student.

Some students, who had participated in the protest-led by monks, had to flee as authorities began searching for them in a continued crackdown, the student added.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:53 PM
Link to article saying that Than Shwe is willing to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.
More at link above

BURMA'S military ruler has told a UN envoy he will "personally" meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but with some preconditions.

The announcement through the country's state media apparently intends to show the junta is not entirely inflexible and is willing to deal with Burma's most respected opposition leader.

After crushing the country's biggest pro-democracy uprising in nearly two decades, Senior General Than Shwe told UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari he would be willing to see Ms Suu Kyi if she stopped urging action against the government from within Burma and abroad, state TV and radio reported.

"In her dealings with the government, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called for confrontation, utter devastation, economic sanctions and all other sanctions," the media cited Gen Than as saying.

Ms Suu Kyi has said she supports economic sanctions but has not publicly called for the overthrow of the government.

Gen Than's preconditions are not new, but it is the first time the junta leader has said he is willing to meet with her. If it takes place, the meeting would be Ms Suu Kyi's first with any senior junta figure in five years.

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:56 PM
According to this story the US envoy is also invited to talks.

Burma's ruling military junta has invited the US envoy in Rangoon for talks, in what is said to be the first high level bilateral meeting since a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests, the State Department said Thursday.

"They have requested our charge de affairs to travel to the capital for a briefing with members of the government," department spokesman Sean Mccormack told reporters.

The envoy, Shari Villarosa, does not know the topic of discussions at the meeting scheduled in the junta's administrative capital Naypyidaw, he said.

But Mr McCormack said the United States would send a "very clear message" to the military generals, that they need to start a "meaningful" dialogue with all democratic opposition groups, stop the violent crackdown on peaceful protests, encourage economic and political reforms and greater freedom and openness.

News of the meeting came as Burma's state media reported that the junta chief Senior General Than Shwe would be willing to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi if she meets several preconditions, including ending her support for sanctions on the regime.

More at link

posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:59 PM
I am just thinking that with overwhelming forces crushing the protesters, there is really no need to be seen to meet with all parties and attempt to appear that the junta are doing all they can to peacefully quell the situation, unless they are concerned about outside reaction.
These moves suggest that the recent protests and international response have had an impact, even though so many analysts say that they have not.
From what I understand this regime is not given to making concessions of any kind.

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