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Red alert for Burma in KL September 28, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
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(Updates) Protests all across Southeast Asia today. Most significant was in Jakarta, where50 Indonesian foreign ministry officials, dressed in red shirts, observed a period of silence to express solidarity with Myanmar’s pro-democracy protestors.

“We pray that the people of Myanmar will enjoy peace,” said Umar Hadi, the ministry’s director of public diplomacy.

Wisma Putra - when are *you* going to do the same? Or it’s business with the junta as usual?

News from inside Burma, from my friend, Khin Ohmar, who’s coordinating information outflow, after internet has been cut off in Rangoon.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said, “Fear is a Habit; I am not Afraid.”

The people marching on the streets cry out: “WE CAN’T LOSE AGAIN!!!!”

As of this posting (4:00 Burmese Std Time), people in Burma are continuing with their defiance and gathering on the streets again in downtown Rangoon despite of the extreme use of force and violence by the authorities that they have experienced and witnessed over the past twodays – the beating, shooting and killing, and the continuing arrests. There have placed double barricades blocking that no one gets near to Sule Pagoda where shooting and killing took place yesterday.

At least 10,000 or so protesters are gathering around the Theinggyi market area in downtown Rangoon and trying to get into group. But soldiers (Battalion 66 as shown on the badges) are patrolling in the area and when they see people starting gathering they fire guns into the air, chase the people and beat and arrest those who could not run.

An hour ago, this is the update on people arrested: About 10 people, mostly young women, were arrested in front of Ministers Office (Wongyimyar Yone), Ahnawrata Road. About 50 have been arrested in Theingyi market area. There can be more that we don’t have information yet.

In spite of the international outcry, the Burmese junta continues to prove who they are and challenge the world community as they continue to commit the violence against the people. (Cut)

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(EARLIER) Some 2,000 Burmese and Malaysians joined in a solidarity protest to support the democratic movement in Burma and to protest against the killings of monks, civilians and a journalist.

This was one of the fastest mobilisations to date, as a decision was only firmed around 9 pm last night among the organisers.


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“Democracy … democracy!”
“Freedom …. freedom!”

The police barricaded the Burmese Embassy since the morning and the group decided to walk along Jalan Ampang to continue their protest outside the China and Russian embassy, the two countries which are currently blocking the UN Security Council from taking firmer actions against the military junta.

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My Gasing Indah Geng – with Lee Khai Loon from Youth4Change (right)

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The Super Suaram Geng – former and current staff, Secretariat members, including Tian Chua, steadfast with the Burmese democrats since 1990. The guy taking the pic is Jonson Chong, who was also a Suaram staffer in 1998/99 and was arrested in Rangoon for handing out pro-democracy leaflets ten years ago :P

More pics here:

http://fiqsunny.wordpress.com/2007/09/28/demokrasikan-myanmar/

And MediaRakyat has this video:

[Youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaX-k5gi2fQ"]

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1. Global Voices Online » Malaysia: Demostration in Support of Myanmar - September 28, 2007

[...] Wong has posted images of the demonstrations that took place earlier today in front of Myanmar embassy in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. [...]

2. wits0 - September 28, 2007

From The Times
September 28, 2007
I foresee a troubled future for Burmese generals
A look at leaders who cling desperately to astrology and superstition
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/ben_macintyre/article2547120.ece

3. phil brown - September 29, 2007

is the world suprised at the military group (since 1962) who are now intent on blowing it big time? no – the military juanta will not “survive” the ‘crackdown’ on it’s country. the very people suppressed ALWAYS awaken the indignation of freedom – the people expect their rights to be respected. military rule has a proven track record of failure over and over again. britain lost india, the french..indo-china, the US – viet nam and now iraq -bless the military guys & burmesse people – citizens of the world/people of the world over unite…for once, every civilzed country on the planet needs to be involved. where one is imprisoned we are all imprisoned. the military generals – you just lost your world. the rule of life is this….being right and being happy do not make good friendsyour power is fading….fast. when you all reincarnate in a simiar dimension don’t act disillusioned when you will become the very peasants of the people from the very country you harmed. i believe that you all know what’s right and wrong – generals, be true leaders and abdicate your office. irresponsiblity no longer serves you. your time has come and gone…time for you all to come IN to the next REAL world. time to be proactive. my biggest blessing of good upon the military and the monks and people of burma….love you all….indeed a lot – yud hei vav hei.

4. wits0 - September 29, 2007

Today’s photo: Japanese journalist shot to death covering protests in Burma
http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2007/09/todays-photo-ja.html

5. Ibeme - September 29, 2007

This is so against human nature. Time for this regime to go. We must all stand by the burma people and do what we can.
thank yu
Ibeme

6. joerg - September 29, 2007

phil, nice words but these generals in burma won´t listen to u. they ignore everything around them and need to be pushed out of this wonderfull country, as soon as possible, they don´t deserve any love or good treatment, they are responsible for torture, and pain of there own folks. NO MERCI !!!!!!!!!!!

7. wits0 - September 29, 2007

Satellites focus on abuses in Myanmar:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21032458/
( Not that there were any doubts before these pics )

8. sofiairdina - September 29, 2007

Wisma Putra – when are *you* going to do the same? …Eli.

Sori Eli, No one’s home. Vacation, having a baby, honeymoon, sleeping… or simply having fun. Infact, it was closed for the last four years.It’ll be opened just before the next election. Working on a new slogan.

9. daredevil8 - September 29, 2007

i salute the indonesian government.what is Syed Albar’s action?????asleep from all his lies in ‘Hard Talk’ aired over BBC

10. Global Voices Online » Myanmar: Prayer Meets and Support in Neighbouring Countries - September 29, 2007

[...] blogger Elizabeth Wong wrote about the solidarity protest in Kuala Lumpur, [...]

11. wits0 - September 29, 2007

One doubts whether Wisma Putar’s full complement would have made any difference. They would’ve just added another PC spin/platitude to hog the front page of the local MSM.

12. monsterball - September 30, 2007

Aung San Suu Kyi could have stayed abroad with her husband and live a comfortable life…but she returned to her motherland….won a general election and never get to be what she should be..the Prime Minister… more than 20 years ago. Besides Nelson Mendela of South Africa…this is the only human being in the world. of present time…. that sacrifices so much for her country.
The Burmese military have broken so many promises….just like the Pakistan President..who said one years …then went on to keep ruling the country for more than 10 years and on going….with full of corruptions like a dictator.
Now in Thailand…same story.
Glad to see People’s Power are in force and strong in Malaysia. The signs are all there too. People are not happy….lawyers are not happy..yet UMNO ignored all these signs….blaming oppositions this or that. We are truly heading towards dictatorial rules by UMNO……and like all those countries I mentioned. This is the first time UMNO can feel that strong oppositions and voters objections towards their race and religion dirty politics..
Khairy said oppositions want election…and why should they fall into the trap…when BN is riding high. That’s alot of bulls.

13. Uli Starke - September 30, 2007

Solidarnos !!!
We in germany watch Birma carefully !
We assure you our strogest solidaryty !Be shure you are not allone !

kaotixx from Nuernberg,Bavaria
I am a medical doctor ,if you need advice I give you all I can – to everybody,who writes to me !!!

14. Uli Starke - September 30, 2007
15. Uli Starke - September 30, 2007
16. Free Burma! - October 1, 2007

Free Burma!
International Bloggers’ Day for Burma on the 4th of October

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.

http://www.free-burma.org

17. Yiong van Walsum - October 1, 2007

Good for you! Glad to hear that there is open support for the democracy activists in Burma.


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