Saturday, September 29, 2007


Several hundred people have gathered in Burma's main city of Rangoon, despite three days of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
The demonstrators have been surrounded by security forces and pro-military vigilante groups, eyewitnesses said.
The protesters are chanting slogans and taunting police, but no shots have so far been fired.
The protest came as a United Nations special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, arrived in Rangoon.
He was due to fly immediately to the new Burmese capital, Naypyidaw, to hold key talks with the country's ruling generals.

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Eyewitnesses said that after a quiet morning in Rangoon, protesters again gathered in the centre of the city.
Some eyewitnesses told the BBC that more than 1,000 people were demonstrating against the government.
There were isolated reports of new violence.
According to the French news agency AFP, security forces charged a group of around 100 protesters on the Pansoedan bridge in central Rangoon.
"They beat people so badly," one eyewitness told the agency. "I wonder how these people can bear it. I saw the security forces arrest about five people on the streets."
Correspondents say the new protests will be a setback for the military government, which earlier declared via state media that peace and stability had been restored.
Burma has now seen almost two weeks of sustained anti-government protests, and three days of tough crackdowns on the protesters by the military.
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Internet links, which the government cut to stem the flow of information about the protests, are reported to be working intermittently.
It is not clear whether the security forces have been directly targeting protesters or just shooting warning shots to disperse the crowds, but Burmese officials said nine people were killed on Thursday.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he believed the loss of life had been "far greater".
Monks, who were initially at the vanguard of the protests, have been arrested or confined to their monasteries.
"I don't think that we have any more hope to win," one young woman told the Associated Press, commenting on their arrest. "The monks are the ones who give us courage."
It is not clear which members of the government Mr Gambari will be allowed to meet, though the White House said he should be allowed to meet "anyone he wants", including opposition figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Singapore's Foreign Minister warned that Mr Gambari's visit could have inflammatory consequences.
"Because Gambari is going there, I believe that the Yangon [Rangoon] government will be restrained in what it does but then the demonstrators may come up in full force.
"Then there could be heightened tension as a result. So what is important here is the political process signalled by what Gambari does in Yangon... If he fails then the situation can become quite dreadful."
Many Burmese people are not just being affected by the violence, but by restricted access to food aid as a result of the military roadblocks, humanitarian groups said.
The World Food Programme said its deliveries of food aid to 500,000 needy people have been severely impeded.



Blogger bobby fletcher said...

Anug San Suu Kyi’s connection with the CIA (thru our intelops like DIA officer Col. Robert Helvey) and the Karen insurgency is an open secret:

And is it a big suprise all this ties back to the American Enterprise Institute, the chief architect of the Iraq war:

“Helvey “was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US Defence Attache in Yangon, Myanmar (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya’s Karen insurgent group”

Here’s more background on Col Robert Helvey and CIA’s agenda to employ non-violent warfare to destablize other countries (the organge/velvet revolutions being the most recent examples):

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