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Thu 27 Sep 2007
2007 Burmese anti-government protests
Category : world
I travelled across Burma in the late 90's. Besides an introduction to the natural history of the country, I received an education about the 1988 crackdown, Burmese history since 1962 and about the daily fear of government from the people there. Even university professors there did not dare accept the scientific literature about biodiversity (even guidebooks) I had brought along. I brought the lot back to Singapore to mail to them later.
Unlike 1988, people in Myanmar are able to send out information to the world.
Images of "Burma protest": YouTube - Google Images - Flickr
BBC: Accounts from inside Burma
Topical pages: BBC - CNN.
Monks protesting in Burma
"Myanmar's [=Burma] military government has sealed off the country to foreign journalists but information about the protests has been increasingly flowing out through wire service reports, exile groups in Thailand with contacts inside Myanmar, and through the photographs, videos and audio files, carried rapidly by technologies, including the Internet, that the government has failed to squelch.
- "Monks' Protest Is Challenging Burmese Junta," by Seth Mydans. New York Times, 24 Sep 2007.
[George Yeo] believes that the proposed visit of United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari to Yangon would be an ideal opportunity for Myanmar's military rulers to end the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests and launch a dialogue with the opposition.
- "Myanmar crisis calls for fresh approach to nat'l reconciliation: George Yeo," by Derwin Pereira, US Bureau Chief. The Straits Times, 27 Sep 2007.
"Soldiers fire weapons, tear gas into crowds of protesters," The Straits Times (Latest News).
"Singapore-led ASEAN must take immediate, concrete action in Myanmar to prevent bloodshed," by Gerald Giam. Singapore Patriot, 27 Sep 2007.