Red alert for Burma in KL September 28, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, International, Malaysia, Note2Self, Politics.
(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)
(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.
“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.
My Gasing Indah Geng – with Lee Khai Loon from Youth4Change (right)
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:
And MediaRakyat has this video: