Friday, December 28, 2007

BURMA INSIDE, INSIGHTS (exhibition in Singapore)

BURMA INSIDE, INSIGHTS
Take a peek into the daily life of the Myanmarese in this photo and report exhibition (above) by Swiss daily Neue Zurcher Zeitung’s South-east asia correspondent Manfred Rist. Photographs of the country’s monasteries and the recent demonstrations will also be featured in a slide show.

The Arts House Print Gallery, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Nearest MRT station: City Hall, Till Jan 7: 10am-10pm, Free, Tel 6479-2445.

Source : The Straits Times Friday, December 28, 2007.

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

11th anniversary of '96 uprising


11 years ago on this day, we started the fight against the injustice by taking to the streets.
11 years ago tomorrow (3rd December), the junta started the crackdown on us by beating and arresting.
11 years ago this month, streets were filled with demonstrating students and crushing troops.
11 years ago, we lost the battle to free Burma from dictatorship.

But the fight continues. Our burning desire to achieve freedom continues. So many of us has ran away. So many of us has spent time behind bars for years. So many of us are still fighting.....

We had failed. We might have failed. But we will fight till we die.

In memory of 96 uprising and in honour of who risk their lives for the cause of better Burma.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

သီးေလးသီး၏ ျပက္လံုးမ်ား

တန္ေဆာင္တိုင္ညအျငိမ့္ပဲြ

ၾတိခ်ိဳးခြန္းေတာက္

လ တန္ေဆာင္ ခါသမယ ေပမို့
ည အေရာင္သာယာစြရယ္လို့
လာလာသမ်ွ စိတ္ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္။
ေဖ်ာ္ေျဖေၾကာင္းရယ္ နဲ့
စုေပါင္းကာ အႏုပညာအားကို
ထားၾကစံုလင္။ ။
ႏွင္းမွုန္ေ၀ ခ၀ဲမာလာ ပန္းေတြက
သင္းထံုေနအျမဲမကြာ လန္းျပန္ေတာ့
ပုလဲရတနာ ဆန္းတို့က မွဳန္ျပာေ၀
စံုပဏၰာေျခြပါလို့ ေ၀းေနအေပါင္း
(ပရိသတ္တို့ေရ)
ဘံု ျမန္မာေျပ မွာေတာ့ ေအးေစေၾကာင္း။ ။

ၾကယ္သီး။ မဂၤလာ ရိွလိုက္တာ ကိုပန္းသီးရယ္ တန္ေဆာင္မုန္း ျဗိစၧာ ၾကတၱိကာ ေရာင္၀ါ ရိွန္သို့ျဖိဳး ခ၀ဲ ပြင့္ခ်ိန္ ခင္းကထိန္ ေရႊအိမ္ ပိုင္လည္စိုး ဆိုတဲ့ စာ ခ်ိဳးအတိုင္းေပါ့ဗ်ာ တန္ေဆာင္မုန္း ခါသမယ မွာ ခ၀ဲ ပန္းတို့က လဲပြင့္လို့ ကထိန္ ေတြလဲ ခင္းလို့ မႏွစ္က ေျပာပါတယ္

စိန္သီး ။ ဒီႏွစ္ေျပာပါဟ

ၾကယ္သီး။ ကထိန္လဲ ၀မ္းဖိုးဖိုးနဲ့ပါသြားလို့

ပန္းသီး ။ စကားေတြေဘးေရာက္ကုန္ပါ့မယ္ ကထိန္ခါသမယ ဆိုေတာ့ ဆရာေတာ္ သံဃာေတာ္ မ်ားလဲ ကထိန္သကၤန္း ကပ္လွဴရေပတယ္

ဇီးသီး ။မွန္ပါတယ္ မသိုးသကၤန္း လို့ဆိုတာကိုး ခုေတာ့ သိုးကုန္ပါျပီ မကပ္ရပဲ သိမ္းထားလိုက္၇လို့

စိန္သီး ။ကဲပါ မိဖျပည္သူမ်ားတြက္ ဆုေတာင္းေပးၾကပါစို့ ျမန္မာျပည္သူျပည္သားမ်ား အပါယ္ေလးပါးနဲ့
ေ၀းၾကပါေစ ကပ္သံုးပါးနဲ့လဲ မၾကံဳၾကပါေစနဲ့

ၾကယ္သီး ။ၾကက္ၾကီးသံုးပါးလဲ ေ၀းပါေစ

ဇီးသီး ။ကပ္ၾကီး သံုးပါးပါ

ၾကယ္သီး။ ၾကက္ငွက္တုပ္ေကြး ေ၀းပါေစ ေဟာ ၾကက္တစ္ပါး ၾကက္သြန္နီမစားရတဲ့ေဘး
ေ၀းပါေစ ေဟာ ၾကက္ႏွစ္ပါး ၾကက္ဆူပင္ စိုက္ရတဲ့ေဘး ေ၀းပါေစ ၾကက္သံုးပါး

စိန္သီး ။ယပ္ပစ္ရွစ္ပါးေ၀းပါေစ

ပန္းသီး ။မင္းကသာ ေ၀းပါေစ ေျပာေန ငါ့ေရွ့မွာဦးဇင္းေတြ ယပ္ပစ္ျပီးေျပးတာ ရွစ္ပါး မကဖူး

စိန္သီး ။ခက္ေတာ့ေနျပီ ကိုင္း ရန္သူမ်ိဳး ၃ပါး ေ၀းၾကပါေစ

ပန္းသီး ။ရန္သူမ်ိဳး ငါးပါးပါ ဟ

စိန္သီး ။မင္း ဘာသိလဲ ၇န္သူငါးပါးဆိုတာက ေ၇ မီး မင္း သူခိုး မခ်စ္မႏွစ္သက္သူ ငါးပါးေနာ္။ခု ေျပာင္းသြားျပီ။မင္း ရယ္ သူခိုးရယ္ မခ်စ္မႏွစ္သက္သူရယ္ က တစ္ေယာက္ထဲ ျဖစ္သြားလို့ ရန္သူမ်ိဳး သံုးပါး။
(ထိုေနာက္ မင္းသမီး ထြက္လာ က ေစ)
(ဆက္လက္ ကျပ အသံုးေတာ္ ခံပါ့မည္)

(ကို) ဇာဂနာ၏ ပို႔စ္ မွ ကူးယူေဖၚျပပါသည္။


ၾကယ္သီး။ ေငြႏွင္းထန္စြာက်ေမွာင္တုန္းဟာမို့ ေနမင္းဖလ္၀ါ ျမအေရာင္ဖံုးျပီး
လတန္ေဆာင္မုန္း နတ္ျပည္လို သာလိုက္တာ ၾကတၱီကာ မိုးေဘြခြင္ က ျမန္းျပန္ေတာ့
ကတိုးေရစင္ျဖန္းလို့ စန္းေပၚထြက္ကထဲက
မသိုးေရႊသကၤန္း နန္းေတာ္ က ရက္သည့္ျပင္
ပန္းေတာ္ဆက္ ပုလဲပြင့္တဲ့နံ့သာနီလို
ခ၀ဲပြင့္တဲ့ရာသီ တစ္အိမ္တရပ္ မယြင္းပဲ
ကထိန္ဥာတ္ခင္း တန္ေဆာင္တိုင္ လွဴသည့္
ေတာင္ခ၇ိုင္ဇမၺဴ စိတ္ဟာ ရႊင္ၾက
ျဗိစၧာခြင္ ထက္ရပ္ဘံုက
နကၡတ္အစံု စိန္ေရာင္အေသြးလင္းေတာ့
တသိန္ေဆာင္တဲ့ေတးသီးခ်င္းနဲ့ ပညာျဒပ္ မဆံုးႏိုင္သည့္
တိမ္ေမွာင္ေ၀းကင္း အစဥ္အလာ မျပတ္သံုးရေအာင္(ရြာစားေရ)မဂၤလာ ပတ္လံုး ဖဲြ့။
(မင္းသမီး ထြက္လာ ကာ က ေစ)

ပန္းသီး ။ အဲဒါေတြ ခက္ေနတာပဲ ေခတ္က ေျပာင္းေနျပီ အင္တာနက္ေခတ္ အိုင္တီ ေခတ္ တစ္ခါလာ လဲ
တိန္ေနာင္ တိန္ေနာင္ နဲ့ ျပီးၾကေတာ့မွာလား

စိန္သီး ။ဒါျမန္မာ့ရိုးရာ ကြ တို့ထိန္းရမယ္

ပန္းသီး ။တစ္ဆိတ္ရိွ ၇ိုးရာ နဲ့ကိုင္ ကိုင္ မေပါက္ပါနဲ့ ေမာ္ဒယ္ရိွဳးမွာ တံုးလံုးခြ်တ္မလို
ေလ်ာက္တာက်ေတာ့ဒါ၇ိုးရာလား

စိန္သီး ။ဟဲဟဲ ဒါကေတာ့ ဘဘ တို့ ၾကိဳက္တာကိုး

ဇီးသီး ။ေအာ္ စကားေတြ ေရာ ကုန္ျပီ မင္းတို့ ဘာျဖစ္ခ်င္လဲေျပာ

ၾကယ္သီး။ ေခတ္နဲ့အညီေျပာင္း၇မယ္ ဟစ္ေဟာ့ ေခတ္ဆို ဟစ္ေဟာ့ ဒါမ်ိဳး

စိန္သီး ။ေဟး မေျပာင္းဖူး အေျပာင္းအလဲကို ငါ မၾကိဳက္ဖူး ဒါရိုက္တာ ေမာင္မ်ိဳးမင္းရဲ့ ရုပ္ရွင္ေလ

ဇီးသီး ။မေျပာင္းဖူး ဗမာ မွ ဗမာ

ၾကယ္သီး ။ႏိုင္ငံတကာ နဲ့ဗမာ ယွဥ္ၾကည့္မလား

ဇီးသီး။ စိန္လိုက္
(ဆိုင္း၀ိုင္းမွ နတ္ဒိုးတီးေပးရန္)

ပန္းသီး ။သူမ်ားတကာ့ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာ ေဖာရင္းဆိုတဲ့ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာ ေလယာဥ္ပ်ံဆိုတာ အေပါစား မ်ားလြန္းတယ္တဲ့ဗ်ား။

စိန္သီး ။ဒီေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ အဲဒီေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ငါတို့ဗမာ ေလယာဥ္မေႏွး
စကၤာပူေတာင္မေရာက္ေသး ခရီးစဥ္ ဖ်က္ရတယ္တဲ့ေဟး

ဇီးသီး ။မွတ္ထား အဲဒါ ပုဂံ အဲေလ ဗမာ

ၾကယ္သီး ။သူမ်ားတကာ့နိုင္င့ံေတြမွာ ေဖာရင္းဆိုတဲ့ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာ စက္မွဳပညာ လြန္ထြန္းကား ေမာ္ေတာ္ကားေတြ မ်ား

စိန္သီး ။ဒိေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ အဲသေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ တို့ဗမာျပည္ေမာ္ေတာ္ကား စက္မွဳဇုန္ထုတ္ေမာ္ေတာ္ကား ဘယ္ကိုေကြ့ေတာ့ ညာကို သြား အားလံုးမာလကီးယား

ဇီးသီး ။မွတ္ထား အဲဒါ ထီလာဂ်စ္

ပန္းသီး ။သူမ်ားတကာ့နိုင္ငံေတြမွာ ေဖာရင္းဆိုတဲ့ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာ ႏြားႏို့မလိုင္ လြန္ေပါမ်ား လမ္းမေပၚေတာင္သြန္လို့ထား

စိန္သီး ။။ဒိေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ အဲသေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ တို့ဗမာေတြအၾကံဥာဏ္ထုတ္ အီအီး ကုန္း တဲ့စကၠဴစုတ္ မလိုင္ ျဖစ္ေအာင္လုပ္

ဇီးသီး ။ဗမာ ကြ

ၾကယ္သီး ။။သူမ်ားတကာ့နိုင္ငံေတြမွာ ေဖာရင္းဆိုတဲ့ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာ လက္နက္ေတြကို အျပိဳင္အဆိုင္ထုတ္ ႏ်ဴကလီးယားေတြ အျပိဳင္အဆိုင္လုပ္ န်ဴထရြန္ ဗံုးေတြ ထုတ္

စိန္သီး ။ဒီေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ အဲဒီေလာက္ေတာ့အေပ်ာ့ပါကြယ္ တို့ဗမာဆို ကမၻာကသိ ေဟာ ဒီမွာ ဂ်င္ဂလိ
(ဂ်င္ဂလိ ထုတ္ခ်ိန္ရာ အားလံုး ထြက္ေျပးၾကပံု)
ဆက္လက္ကျပပါဦးမည္

(ကို) ဇာဂနာ၏ ပို႔စ္ မွ ကူးယူေဖၚျပပါသည္။

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ဆရာေတာ္မ်ားသို႔ ပန္ၾကားလႊာ

သံဃာေတာ္ေတြ အသက္ေပးခဲ့ၾကရၿပီးၿပီ။ မဂၢင္ေက်ာင္းတိုက္ အပိတ္ခံရၿပီ။ သာသနာေတာ္ဟာ စစ္ဖိနပ္ေအာက္မွာ အနင္းခံေနရၿပီဆိုတာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ မ်က္ျမင္ကိုယ္ေတြ႕ ၾကံဳေနရၿပီ။

သာသနာေတာ္အတြက္၊ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အတြက္၊ လူထုအတြက္ ဆရာေတာ္ဦးေဇာတိက၊ အရွင္ဆႏၵာဓိက၊ အရွင္ေဆကိႏၵ တို႔လို ဆရာေတာ္ဘုရားမ်ား ေရွ႕ထြက္ၾကဖို႔ လိုေနၿပီ။ ဗမာျပည္သူလူထုရဲ႕ အႏိႈင္းမဲ့ ယံုၾကည္ကိုးကြယ္ခံရတဲ့ ဒီဆရာေတာ္ဘုရားမ်ား လူထုဘက္က မားမားမတ္မတ္ ရပ္တည္လာမယ္ဆိုရင္၊ သံဃာ့လႈပ္ရွားမႈႀကီးမွာ ပါ၀င္ ကံေဆာင္လာမယ္ဆိုရင္ တတိုင္းတျပည္လံုး အံုးအံုးကၽြက္ကၽြက္ ၀မ္းသာပီတိျဖစ္ၾကမယ္။ သာသနာေတာ္အတြက္၊ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္အတြက္ စိတ္ႏွလံုး ဒံုးဒံုးခ်ၿပီး ပါ၀င္လာမယ္။ စစ္တပ္ထဲက သာသနာေတာ္ကို တန္ဖိုးထားေနေသးတဲ့ အခ်ဳိ႕အခ်ဳိ႕ေသာ တပ္မေတာ္သားမ်ားလည္း အမွန္နဲ႔ အမွား ေသေသခ်ာခ်ာ စဥ္းစားႏိုင္လာမယ္။ အာဏာရူးတို႔ရဲ႕ မိႈင္းမိေနတဲ့ တပ္မေတာ္သားေတြကိုလည္း ကယ္တင္ႏိုင္မယ္။ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္နဲ႔ သာသနာေတာ္ကိုလည္း ကယ္တင္ႏိုင္မယ္။

ဆရာေတာ္ဦးေဇာတိက ဘုရား၊ အရွင္ဆႏၵာဓိက ဘုရား၊ အရွင္ေဆကိႏၵ ဘုရား

ဗုဒၶဘာသာ သာသနာကို ကယ္တင္ဖို႔၊ ဗမာႏုိင္ငံေတာ္ကို ကယ္တင္ဖို႔၊ ဒုကၡေရာက္ေနတဲ့ ဗမာျပည္သူလူထုကို ကယ္တင္ဖို႔ သံဃာ့လႈပ္ရွားမႈဟာ မွန္ကန္ေၾကာင္း၊ ကံေဆာင္မႈေတြ ျပဳသင့္ေၾကာင္း၊ မိန္႔ေတာ္မူလို႔ ဒီလႈပ္ရွားမႈမွာ ပါ၀င္ဦးေဆာင္ေပးၾကပါလို႔ တပည့္ေတာ္ ရိုေသစြာ ပန္ၾကားအပ္ပါတယ္ဘုရား။

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Burmese junta ordered journals to remove Mr Pinheiro news



A cover story of 7Day News dated November 22, which is about the press conference held by Mr Pinheiro at Rangoon airport, had to be covered by silver ink and replaced with another news.

However, the censor board failed to notice the other part of story appeared in page 5 which clearly stated "Continuation from cover."

The new cover story appeared in the journal again with exactly the same wordings.

Yangon Times dated November 21 was another victim of Mr Pinheiro news. It ran the news under politics section but also ordered to remove. The journal replaced it with an advertisement of it own.

In both cases, 7Day and Yangon Times, the original news are visible quite easily with enough lighting.

Surprisingly, the news about Mr Pinheiro visit to Innsein jail, Goverment Technology Institute (a notorious detention centre during September crackdown), and Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery as well as meetings with senior Burmese ministers was appeared undeterred in Weekly Eleven journal dated November 21. The news featured a photo of Mr Pinheiro visit to the Kya Khat Wine monastery, a closed junta ally.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

The difference between Asean and Commonwealth

By Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor

Published: 23 November 2007

Pakistan was suspended from the Commonwealth last night, after General Pervez Musharraf failed to meet a deadline to lift emergency rule and resign as army chief.

The decision was taken by a committee of nine foreign ministers, meeting in Kampala on the eve of the Commonwealth summit, and followed hours of tough negotiations that began yesterday morning.

SOURCE : The Independent



Meanwhile ASEAN stubbornly refuses to suspend or kick off Burma for killing scores of people and continuing arrest and torture of democracy activists. The stark contrast between these two groupings clearly show ASEAN is indeed a group with absolutely no regard for the human rights of a member country.


Therefore, the inclusion of declaration "To strengthen democracy, enhance good governance and the rule of law, and to promote human rights. ASEAN shall establish a human rights body, with terms to be decided by foreign ministers." in the ASEAN charter could just meant not to protect and promote human rights in the region but to make the rest of the world, especially EU and US, think ASEAN is dedicated to promote human rights.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Burma spits on Asean. Asean slaps UN

His message came down to this, said a person who listened to Mr Thein Sein’s speech: “I look after my own house. You cannot come in and rearrange the furniture. The furniture may not be great but I do it the way I want it. Period.”

Source: The Straits Times (November 21 2007, Page 6, ASEAN SUMMIT)

To sum it up, after listening what Thein Sein had said, the Asean leaders agreed to cancel the UN envoy briefing, ultimately showing the world that Asean leaders have to genuine concern for the people of Burma. It also shows Asean doesn’t really care what the world governing body UN would have to say in the manner its envoy was treated. In fact, this incident highlighted Asean has only one thing in mind, to keep on benefitting from Burma’s abundance natural resources by nodding whatever the junta said. It is so surprising to learn that the leaders of the region follow the wishes of the junta especially after MM Lee publicly calling them “dumb generals.” Doesn’t it mean Asean leaders the followers of the dumb generals?

If one can think clearly, it is obvious the junta is not moving the furniture. They are killing the monks and civilians. They are still arresting and torturing people. They are doing that right in front of your eyes. Will you let to do them the way they want, killings and torturing? If you say yes, you are inhumane, heartless and selfish. This is not a time to have dinner with the killers of Burma and have “Family” dinner together. This is a time to show the world that you are caring and good neighbors Asean. There is still time. Fix it and the world will praise you. Let it go and you will go down in history as the selfish neighbors for Burma.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Burmese took to the streets in Singapore


See Straits Times Report HERE.

Salute to all the participants of the event and wish every single one safe from any harassment.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Invitation for Burma's cause discussion

(Extracts from the leaflets)

Place : Excelsior Hotel
Time & Date : 5 pm to 8:30 pm, 17 November.

Every single Burmese who has concern for Burma is invited to attend. The discussion is held by the permission of the Singapore Police Force.

To wear RED and not to bring camera and web cam to avoid discomfort of the attendees.

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Thank you Vietnam!

Burma flag seen upside down at Hanoi presidential palace during the meeting of junta's PM Thein Sein and the president of Vietnam. The photo was used on the first page of The New Light of Myanmar published on 12 Nov 2007. PDF version is available on junta run MRTV3 site. Click HERE to access PDF version.

A mistake by the organizers? Hardly the case when they welcome another country's PM. Anyway, Thank you Vietnam!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pro-government film shot in Prome

Nov 12, 2007 (DVB) Around 200 government supporters and township police officers have been involved in a video shoot in Prome in which they re-enact the suppression of the recent monk-led protests.

Around 200 members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, Swan Arr Shin and township police have taken part in the filming in the grounds of Prome airport in Bago division, according to a source who had access to those involved in the shoot.

A number of people posing as monks have also been involved in the filming.
Prior to the making of the video, those involved undertook one month of riot training in preparation. The source said that those present acted out the recent protests, but made it look as though the government's crackdown came as a result of violence from the monks.

"The film looks like it's about the monk protests, but it shows the township police trying to suppress the violence initiated by monks. Then they have to call in the military when they can't overpower the monks," the source said.
"So the military arrive, and first they fire rubber bullets into the crowd and some people get hit, but they made it look as though they had not choice but to fire as the monks were really getting out of hand," he said.

The scenes showed police officers following the orders of their superiors to ease the situation as much as possible without resorting to violence.


The source speculated that the film could be used to present a distorted picture of what happened during the crackdown on protests; however, the true purpose of the film could not be confirmed.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

News, which is not news.

On many news web sites, newspapers and journals, a heading “Suu Kyi agrees to meet with junta” or something similar to it took place today.

I am stunned to see the way the international world media present this particular “news”. In fact, for Burmese, this statement by Daw Su issued by Mr Gambari is nothing new. The statement is now “news” for Burmese. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as well as NLD have always stressed that the genuine dialogue is the only way to solve the crisis in Burma. They have taken this stand since 1990s. Daw Su had talked with SPDC leadership many years back. NLD has always called SPDC to talk. Never did SPDC listens Daw Su and NLD calls for dialogue. Now, Mr Gambari has again call for the dialogue. Daw Su and NLD agree. It is nothing new. In fact, the only thing to show from Mr Gambari mission is that SPDC’s outright rejection of Mr Gambari call for three way talk.

In short, Mr Gambari mission to Burma was an absolute failure. This “news”, which is not news, should not lead the world to think Daw Su has just changed her mind. The world should know it is SPDC who UN has to talk or act to change their mind.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Thank you US

U.S. tells Singapore to cut bank ties with Myanmar

BANGKOK, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The United States told Singapore and its banks on Monday to sever financial links with Myanmar's junta, widely believed to use the city-state as its main off-shore banking centre.

"We believe that there are regime officials with accounts in Singapore," senior State Department official Kristen Silverberg told reporters in Thailand during a regional tour to drum up support for a tougher Asian stance against the former Burma. "We hope that they ensure that their financial institutions are not being used as sanctuary for Burmese officials," said Silverberg, who is responsible for U.S. liaison with groups such as the Association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN).

ASEAN is one of the few international organisations to admit Myanmar but its current chairman -- Singapore -- expressed "revulsion" at September's crackdown on monk-led democracy protests in which at least 10 people were killed.

Washington wants Singapore to go one step further and take action in the form of, say, financial sanctions or travel restrictions on members of the regime and their cronies, as the United States and Australia did last month.

Silverberg did not say whether "third party" sanctions, targeting non-U.S. businesses that do business with Myanmar, were among further measures being considered in Washington if the generals fail to embark on an acceptable path to democracy.

"Obviously, we've asked financial institutions and governments worldwide to consider whether their relationships with Burma are helping to facilitate this regime," she said.

Singapore officials have publicly opposed sanctions, but in the last few weeks, its banks appear to have been quietly distancing themselves from Myanmar, analysts and bankers say.

The most concrete example is Air Bagan, a small airline owned by Htoo Trading, a conglomerate which recently appeared on a U.S. blacklist on account of its links to the junta, which is suspending flights to Singapore.

The city state's Today newspaper said the final straw for the airline, which was struggling with declining passenger numbers after the crackdown, was Singapore banks deciding to "stop dealing with" it.

Despite Washington's assertion that Myanmar's generals park their cash in banks in Singapore -- also their favoured destination for shopping and medical treatment -- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong insists the financial system is clean.

"We don't play dirty money. We don't condone money-laundering," he told CNN.

The Burma Campaign UK, a London-based activist group, list 10 Singapore firms on its "Dirty List" of those with links to Myanmar, including banks DBS Group Holdings , Oversea-Chinese Bangking Corp and United Overseas Bank , and conglomerate Keppel Corp. .



Source : Yahoo News

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Monks back on streets(3-Nov)

DVB reported that monks in mogok protested on 3rd Nov. The town population happily welcomed the protesting monks the report also said.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Singapore is deeply disappointed

SINGAPORE: Singapore, the current chair of the ASEAN bloc, said on Saturday it was "deeply disappointed" over Myanmar's decision to expel the most senior UN official working in the military-ruled country.

Myanmar's announcement sends an inconsistent message about it's willingness to engage the United Nations, a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

"Singapore is deeply disappointed to learn of the Myanmar government's decision to discontinue the assignment of the UNDP Resident Coordinator Charles James Petrie in Myanmar," he said.

Oops… deeply disappointed? We are so sorry for that. Don’t you think it is a result of “constructive engagement”? or “keeping Myanmar in the family”?

"This announcement has come at a most inopportune time, just before the arrival of (UN special envoy) Ibrahim Gambari," the spokesman added.

Then again, that is why your Minister Mentor said they are “dumb generals”. They do what they want to do at when they want to do. They do not care whether it is at a most opportune time or not. Whee… try lecture them if you do not believe what your MM said.


"It also sends an inconsistent message about Myanmar's willingness to continue engaging the UN in improving its domestic political and socio-economic situation."

No… it sends a very consistent message about Myanmar’s willingness to reject whatever UN or anyone said.


Singapore urged the Myanmar junta to continue dialogue with the UN as it offers "hope for Myanmar to resolve key socio-economic problems, and to work towards peaceful national reconciliation with all groups in the country."

Surprise…surprise. Does Singapore genuinely think Myanmar’s “dumb generals” would listen to what Singapore urge? MM Lee had tried it and failed. Myanmar has just kicked UN’s most senior official for reporting truth about Burma. Hmm… may be “constructive engagement” and “keeping Myanmar in the family” would help. We will see.


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Thursday, November 01, 2007

ဒီလူေတြကို သပိတ္ေမွာက္ပါ

သန္းေရႊေျမးရဲ႕ ေမြးေန႔ပဲြမွာ ပလူးဖို႔၊ ဖားဖို႔ ေစာင့္ေနၾကတဲ့ ျပည္သူေကၽြးတဲ့ ထမင္းကိုစား၊ ျပည္သူေပးတဲ့ ေမတၱာကို ခံယူၿပီး၊ ျပည္သူ႔ကို ေစာ္ကားေနၾကတဲ့ အႏုပညာရွင္လို႔ စာနယ္ဇင္းေတြမွာ နာမည္တပ္ခံရတဲ့ ဖက္ခြက္စားေတြ။

က်ေနာ္တို႔ သူတို႔ကို သင္ခန္းစာေပးဖို႔ လိုၿပီ။

အိႁႏၵာေက်ာ္ဇင္ ဘယ္လိုလွလွ၊ ေဇာ္၀င္းထြဋ္ ဘယ္ေလာက္ အသံေကာင္းေကာင္း၊ စိုင္းစိုင္းကို ဘယ္ေလာက္ႀကိဳက္ႀကိဳက္ ဒီလူေတြကို အားမေပးသင့္ေတာ့ဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ အားလံုး(သို႔မဟုတ္ ေတာ္ေတာ္မ်ားမ်ား) သူတို႔ အေခြေတြ မ၀ယ္မွ၊ မၾကည့္မွ၊ သူတို႔ ရိႉးေတြ မၾကည့္မွ သူတို႔ကို ထမင္းေကၽြးထားတာဟာ ျပည္သူလူထုပဲ၊ နအဖ မဟုတ္ဘူးဆိုတာ နားလည္လာမယ္။ ထမင္း မငတ္ခ်င္ရင္ လူယုတ္မာနဲ႔ ေပါင္းသင္းျခင္းက ေရွာင္ၾကဥ္ရမယ္ဆိုတာ နားလည္လာမယ္။

ဇာဂနာေလာက္ မလုပ္ႏိုင္ရင္ ေက်ာ္သူေလာက္ေတာ့ လုပ္ႏိုင္ရမယ္။ ေက်ာ္သူေလာက္ မလုပ္ႏိုင္ရင္လည္း ေလးျဖဴေလာက္ေတာ့ ကင္းကင္းေနႏိုင္ရမယ္။

သံဃာေတြ ညီညြတ္သလို က်ေနာ္တို႔ လူထု ညီညြတ္စြာ ဒီလူေတြကို သပိတ္ေမွာက္သင့္ၿပီ။ ဒီသပိတ္ဟာ အဖမ္းခံရစရာ အေၾကာင္းမရိွသလို ေသနတ္နဲ႔လည္း အပစ္ခံရစရာ မရိွဘူး။ လူတိုင္း လူတိုင္း လုပ္ႏိုင္တဲ့ လုပ္သင့္တဲ့ အရာပါ။

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ရာဇာေန၀င္း

ေဇာ္၀င္းထြဋ္ဟာ မီမီ၀င္းေဖနဲ႔ အတူ သႏၱာေရႊ မဂၤလာေဆာင္တုန္းကလည္း သီခ်င္းဆိုခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။

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ဆရာေတာ္ႀကီးတပါး ေျပာတဲ့စကား

ငါတုိ႔ခံရတဲ့ ဒုကၡေတြ မတရားမႈေတြဟာ ငါတို႔ အတိတ္ဘ၀က လုပ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ကံေတြေၾကာင့္ပဲလို႔ ေျပာတာဟာ ကိုယ့္စိတ္ကို ကိုယ္ေျဖတဲ့စကားလား၊ ကိုယ္ဘာလုပ္ရမယ္ဆိုတာ မသိလို႔ ေျပာတာလား၊ ကိုယ္ယူရမယ့္ တာ၀န္ကို ေၾကာက္လို႔ ေျပာတာလား။

ဒီလို ေျပာတာဟာ အမွန္တရားလား။

ဘာလုပ္ရမလဲဆိုတဲ့ ေမးခြန္းကို ေမးၿပီး အေျဖကို ရွာၿပီး ဒီ ဒုကၡေတြ ေပ်ာက္ေအာင္၊ ဒီ မတရားမႈေတြ ေပ်ာက္ေအာင္ မလုပ္ပဲ ကံေကာင္းမယ့္ေန႔ကို ထိုင္ေစာင့္ေနမွာလား။

သတၱိမရိွတဲ့စကား၊ တာ၀န္မယူရဲတဲ့စကား၊ ကိုယ့္ကိုယ္ကို ကိုယ္ယံုၾကည္မႈ မရိွတဲ့သူရဲ႕ စကား --

ေလာကမွာ ေကာင္းတာေတြဟာ ေၾကာက္တတ္တဲ့ သူေတြက လုပ္ခဲ့တာေတြ မဟုတ္ဘူး။ သတၱိရိွတဲ့ သူေတြက လုပ္ခဲ့တာေတြ။


Zaganar Livesဒီပိုစ့္ မွ စာသားကို ကူးယူေဖာ္ျပသည္။
ႏိုင္ငံေက်ာ္ ဆရာေတာ္ႀကီး၏ ကိုယ္တိုင္ေရး လက္ေရးနဲ႔စာ လုိ႔ဆိုပါတယ္။

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Breaking News: Monks back on street in Pakhoku

Reports from Burma and various dissident news sources confirmed that monks in Pakhoku staged a protest this morning.

The protest is the first after the military crushed the peaceful protests in late september. Reports claimed the monks came out one hour after the junta sponsored one househould one person must attend pro-junta demonstration.

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Thant Myint, a disgraced grandson of U Thant

I have never heard of his name until he launched his not so successful book “The River of Lost Footsteps”. In fact, I didn’t even know Burma’s beloved U Thant has a grandson until then. I suspect he has ever had the first hand experiences of the struggles of Burma and the true relationships between Burmese and ethnic minorities, for his writings didn’t show he has enough knowledge to talk about Burma’s internal affairs albeit naming himself historian.

Frankly, no historians know better than ordinary Burmese about Burma. Burmese are tight lipped about their sufferings for they afraid their words might endanger their families. As a result, the so called historians had to rely only on different books published in and out of Burma. Some of these books are indeed the work of oppressive regime and includes junta’s propagandas. However, the so called experts or historians didn’t even know the facts inside the books are totally wrong and misleading and happily refer the books. It is a sad case for the experts and historians of Burma affairs. Thant Myint is one of them.

His recent words "We don't want Myanmar to be a parallel of Iraq, where we said it's good Saddam Hussein is no longer there, but then did not know how to handle the insurgency that went on after he was gone." not only angered the ethnic minorities and Burmese around the world but also leads to something ASEAN leaders could happily refer to when they want to defend their policy of not taking any action against the regime. These words have been used by Singapore Prime Minister and Singapore Foreign Minister time and time again to justify their stand of keeping Myanmar in the family ( the family of ASEAN governments, not the family of ASEAN nationals).

Below is what Foreign Minister said in a parliament.

Aung San Suu Kyi herself acknowledges the need to involve the military. Without the military, Myanmar can dissolve into civil war. The country has many ethnic groups, a number of which are still armed and can easily restart rebellions in the border regions. The last thing we want is a Yugoslavia or an Iraqi situation at our doorstep. In this regard, ASEAN shares a common position with China and India. Thant Myint-U, the grandson of the third Secretary General of the UN U Thant, who's no apologist for the regime, has wisely cautioned that "We don't want Myanmar to be a parallel of Iraq, where we said it's good Saddam Hussein is no longer there, but then did not know how to handle the insurgency that went on after he was gone."

It is a wonder how Singapore leaders accept and agree with some unknown writer’s view on Burma, especially when the writer might not ever spend even his childhood in Burma. However, just with this statement, Thant Myint has become a wise historian for ASEAN leaders. Sadly, he has become a disgrace in the eyes of millions of Burmese around the world. His grandfather would be so ashamed of him if he is still alive.

To be honest, this statement is a direct insult to ethnic minorities and Burmese alike. How could somebody living outside Burma say something he doesn’t understand? How well he knows about relations between Burmese and minorities? It is true that there are armed groups still holding their arms. But it is also true that they also want democracy, human rights, peace and stability. The rebel groups in Burma are not headed by trigger happy blood thirsty uneducated bastards. Almost all of the leaderships have substantial education before they decided to go against the junta. They all want to see their states progress. They all want to see prosperous Burma. Almost all the rebel groups including KNU have said they will drop the independence calls if they can get autonomy which we think is not unjust. Even if there are groups which haven’t done so, we can always talk. The citizens of Burma are not dumb. We have done it once in 1947. We can do it again in 2007. The only thing we need is our chance to do so. So, stop saying Burma would become a Balkan, or Iraq, or Somalia. We have the right to decide our own fate.

Allowing the citizens of Burma a chance to enjoy democracy and human rights would not lead to civil war but it would probably lead to lost opportunities to sell arms and buy rubies, jades, fish, timber and gas cheap.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

George Yeo's answers in Parliament

15 Singapore has very few defence interactions with Myanmar. But we have to maintain links with the military because it is a key institution. These are largely limited to interactions at multilateral events such as ASEAN-related meetings, international defence exhibitions, and sports activities like the Army Half Marathon. As far as defence sales are concerned, it is established policy of the Government not to divulge details publicly. Myanmar is not subject to any UN arms embargo. If there is any UN sanction against Myanmar, Singapore will of course abide by it. Nevertheless, I can say that over the years defence sales to Myanmar have not been substantial, and have always been carefully limited to items that are not suitable for countering civilian unrest. There have not been any defence sales to Myanmar in recent years and, going forward, we will continue to behave in a responsible manner.


That is what Mr George Yeo replied to one of many questions. The minister didn't deny sales of defence items, instead stressed that the sales items are not suitable for countering civilian unrest. But what kind of military items are not suitable for beating and shooting people? The tanks and SAMs may be.



Ms Sylvia Lim: Mr Speaker Sir, what concerns me is to what extent Singapore might be implicated in somehow propping up the military authorities in Burma or Myanmar in their oppressive tactics. And the reason I ask this, there have been some press reports recently as well as in the past. Just to cite one example, a Melbourne newspaper called The Age last month came up with an article called "Web of Cash, Power and Cronies" which reiterated in fact, soft contents from earlier articles in Jane's Intelligence Review in 1998. And the content of those articles basically is to say that Singapore has in fact been much involved in shipping ammunitions and other military equipment to Myanmar and also been instrumental in helping to set up a cyber centre where intelligence equipment was subsequently used to monitor activists. So, I would like to ask the Minister to comment on these articles, whether there have been some activities as such, in the past, to what extent it has minimised now. Such clarity I think would be very important for us.

REPLY

Minister: On the question of military sales, I've given a full answer earlier. It's been insubstantial. We've always made sure they were items which could not be used against civilians and there has been no sales in recent years. I shouldn't go on beyond that because it is our established policy not to divulge details of military sales. We have replied to the Australian newspaper. As for the reports about helping them establish a listening facility to monitor civilian dissidents, there's no truth in that. We have made repeated clarifications to Australian newspapers. They have printed our replies, but somehow the journalists who wrote subsequently ignored those replies we've made. As for their accusations about us being involved in drug money laundering, it goes back quite a long time to Dr Chee Soon Juan. We've clarified again and again but they keep being recycled and that article you've referred to contains some of that recycled hash.

The answer is the same as answered before. But, let's see what he has said before. In answer 16,


16 Ms Eunice Olsen asked whether the Government would consider granting humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar people. We would certainly do so if there is a request from Myanmar. Singapore has provided significant technical assistance to Myanmar for human resource development over the years. To date, we have trained more than 6,000 Myanmar officials in several areas, including English language, tourism, IT, civil aviation and telecommunications. We do not intend to stop such assistance. Under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, we have established a training centre in Yangon. Should one day the Myanmar Government open up and request further assistance from us, we will certainly do all we can.



That was an admission that Singapore has helped trained Myanmar officials. The training included IT and telecommunications, which can be used against monitoring activists in and out of the country. It is also mentioned a training centre was set up in Yangon. Isn't this be the cyber centre an australian newspaper mentioned? I believe it is the one. 6000 officials in for training and a training centre is more than good enough to monitor large webs of activists around the world. Moreover, never in the history of Burma, the military had intention to help general public, let alone training 6000 officials for them.



Q&A source: BEYOND SG

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George Yeo's used the word 'trouble makers'

Dr Lily Neo: Mr Speaker Sir, MM had said that an unstable Myanmar is a "time bomb" for Southeast Asia. Could Minister elaborate on it? Are ASEAN countries in agreement with this view? Should such scenarios be discussed in ASEAN countries so that all can be better prepared to mitigate such eventualities?

REPLY

Minister: It is true that Myanmar is a ticking time bomb. For the time being, because of the way the government has been able to arrest ‘trouble-makers’ and intimidate the population, there is an apparent return to normalcy.



The word 'trouble-makers' is an insult to the peaceful demonstrators including monks and nuns. Although the Foreign Minister probably referred to the word used by Burmese Junta, it was not a wise choice, for we, Burmese, felt greatly insulted by it. It leads us to think Singapore has no genuine desire to help the oppressed general population but the cruel military only. By saying so, the trip to the Buddhist Monastery was wasted.


Q&A source: BEYOND SG

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

၂၁ ရာစု နအဖ ဘုရားရိွခိုး

က်ေနာ္တို႔ရဲ႕ ျပည္သူ႔အခ်စ္ေတာ္ ျပည္သူ႔သူရဲေကာင္း ကိုသူရ(ဇာဂနာ) ေျပာတဲ့ နအဖရဲ႕ ဘုရားရိွခိုး

ဗုဒၶံ သရဏံ ဂစာၦမိ
ဓမၼံ သရဏံ ဂစာၦမိ
သံဃံ သရဏံ ဂန္းစာမိ

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ေလးစားပါတယ္ ကိုဇာဂနာ။ ဦးၫႊတ္ပါတယ္။

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Arresting Black Listed persons at Rangoon (Yangon) Int’l Airport

At the counter which is neither Immigration nor Custom at the new Rangoon (Yangon) Int’l Airport terminal, the name of the passenger to be departed from Rangoon (Yangon) was keyed in to the computer. A list appeared on the screen with similar name(s). The passport number was keyed in to determine the passenger. The personal details including the photo of the passenger were appeared. After a few seconds, a message claiming the passenger was checked successfully and not included in the “Black List” popped up. The passenger was then cleared to proceed to the immigration.

If a passenger was not cleared at that point, he or she was subject to arrest by the junta. It is not known how many of them were detained by now.

There were unconfirmed but quite reliable reports of arresting people who actively organized the overseas demonstrations as well as revoking the passports of those who were mere participants of the protests overseas.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Blood Donation Drive at Burmese Monastery

There will be a blood donation drive at Balestier (Toapayoh)Burmese Buddhist Temple this Saturday to show our solidarity with the monks and people fallen in Burma during the recent crackdown. Every single one is invited to join regardless of nationality and religion.

Time: 2 pm

Please contact Ko Tin Maung Win at 92766087 to register.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Birthday Wish for Ko Min Ko Naing


ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ထာ၀စဥ္ ျပံဳးရႊင္ၾကည္ႏူးႏိုင္ပါေစ ကိုမင္းကိုႏိုင္။

May you be happy always as in the picture.

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Zoya Phan at the Conservative Party Conference

This is exactly what every Burmese want to say. Watch it and please ask your respective government to HELP BURMA.

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What will Mr Gambari sell?

Mr Gambari has arrived, traveled, talked, extended his visa and flown back. UN has listened and finally issued a statement. Burma has responded by dismissing the statement outright. The generals showed they do not give a damn about Mr Gambari and UN by keep on arresting, torturing and killing monks and civilians, including nuns and women nationwide. If Mr Gambari, ASEAN, US, EU and the whole UN have relatively sound mind, they should all know by now the Burmese generals are spitting their faces like hell. Yet, all of them still think asking a person like Mr Gambari to go talk to inhumane generals would help Burma. Or are all of them issuing statements just to save their faces?

If the leaders of the world do not know how to access the apparent failure trip by Mr Gambari, let me tell you how the citizens of Burma access it.

Here is how;----

Burmese generals accepted Mr Gambari under a project named “3 Take” project.

  1. Take what we give.
  2. Take notes of what we tell.
  3. Take your bags and go home.

In Burmese, (ပ) သံုးလံုးစီမံကိန္း

၁။ ေပးတာယူ

၂။ ေျပာတာနားေထာင္

၃။ ၿပီးရင္ျပန္

We will have to wait and see whether Mr Gambari could emulate Mr Razali Ismil in dealing with the generals. During his appointment to Burma, Mr Razali has achieved selling his company’s e-passport system to be used in Burma. We will see what Mr Gambari could sell. May be a way of Nigerian scam?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Anti-junta picture inThe New Light of Myanmar


This is the picture published in The New Light of Myanmar on 10th October as anti-Iraq demonstration in London. However, the posters and banners in the pictures clearly show that this is indeed the anti-Burmese Junta demonstration.

The poster highlighted in red bear the words; “Support the monks. Free Burma

A map of Burma is right in the middle of the board highlighted in blue.

The word circled in green on the banner is believed to be the word BURMA.

Although many claimed this as a Big lie exposed, I personally think this might not be the case. There is no way the editor could miss to check the picture and words especially when they have original picture in hand in full color as well as the source where it comes from. Moreover this oversight is far more impossible especially after killerthanshwe message appeared on Myanmar Times. It is very likely this is indeed a very brave silent protest. I salute everyone involved in it.

Even the news just beside the picture might not be a coincidence. Although the news apparently slams Britain PM Brown for putting party politics above the national interest, it makes people think how much the generals put their own interests above the national interest. This is again very likely because the person who sent it out to the world chose to include that news portion rather than cropping it out.

If I am to think more, I feel even the message in Burmese above the picture is not there by chance. Normally, it is a usual SPDC slogan. But the message reads “Double the effort to produce” in English. Right above the pictures of anti-junta protests? Isn’t it possible they are asking the people to double the efforts to (produce)strike again?

These could be the facts or these could be my imaginations. However, this time, no one would come out and say it is us who did that.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Ko Kyaw Thu and gentleman face mask wearing dogs

Ko Kyaw Thu and I were friends since childhood. It was me who taught Ko Kyaw Thu how to play guitar at the time he became an actor. He was a lovable man.

Recently, I heard different rumours about Ko Kyaw Thu and his wife whereabouts. One said they went to the border, another said they were in US embassy, yet another said they were arrested and so on.

Just today, I heard the real news from the inside source. It is true both of them were arrested. How do you think they get arrested?

The one who told me didn’t know the exact date, so I would leave the date open. Just before bedtime on the last day they donated meals to the monks, Ko Thura heard the news about imminent arrest. Then, Ko Thura sent Ko Kyaw Thu and his wife to a safe place along with U Aung Way. Ko Thura was arrested on his way back home to pack things. His unselfishness to help his friends caused him being arrested. Right after Ko Thura was arrested; they straightaway went to U Aung Way and arrested him also. During that period, Ko Kyaw Thu and his wife were on the run, the whole night.

That is why when the couple was not at home anymore when the authorities showed up at their house to make an arrest. What do you think the respectable authorities did then? Without giving any reasons, they hauled up eighty years old U Sein Tin, father of Ko Kyaw Thu. Just think how respectful the gentleman face mask wearing dogs are.

They then left a message to the family members left behind;

Tell that crap Kyaw Thu to come and submit himself if he ever wants to see his dad alive again, if not, don’t blame us!”

As a result, Ko Kyaw Thu had to exchange his life with his father’s. His wife, Ma Shwe Zee Gwek, said she would follow her husband and let them arrested.

Just before that day, I had a lengthy conversation with Ma Shwe Zee Gwek while waiting for Ko Kyaw Thu to come back from demonstration camp. I got a chance to chat with Ko Kyaw Thu just before we left Ko Thura house in the morning. They are so courageous.

I remember the last words Ko Kyaw Thu said;

“Well done, well done. Please carry on. I will also carry on.”

U Maung, I have given my words.

I will not let you down U Maung and Ko Thura. I will not back off.

Myo Chit

(Posted at မ်ဳိးခ်စ္ျမန္မာ in Burmese. Translated by generation96 for the purpose of letting the world knows how cruel the military government acted upon the citizens of Burma. SAVE BURMA. FREE BURMA.)



PS: Ko Thura is a famous comedian, actor. Ko Kyaw Thu is a famous actor and a social activist. Ma Shwe Zee Gwek is an active social activist and one of the organizers of a home for the HIV stricken children. U Aung Way is a famous poet. Ko Kyaw Thu was believed to have been arrested on 10th October.

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Inside Myanmar - The Crackdown Part 2- (by Aljazwwra)

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Inside Myanmar: The Crackdown Part 1 - (By Aljazeera) Repost

Some never seen footage of brutal beatings and confrontations included. We wholeheartedly thank Aljazeera reporter for this extensive footage.
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Aljazeera English on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/user/AlJazeeraEnglish

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The killers will get killed

Recently, reports from Burma-Thailand border said KNPP, a Karenni rebel group, has seized a Burma Army outpost near Kalaw. This is the first sign the killers of the monks will get killed soon. History will be repeated.

It is well documented that during 1988 demonstrations, thousands of people were gunned down by the military. What the world didn’t know was what happened to the soldiers who opened fired on the peaceful protesters.

It was no coincidence Burma Army strongholds Mine Yang and Maethawaw fell into the hands of BCP (Burmese Community Party) and KNU (Karen National Union) respectively just after the killings. The army launched major offensives against BCP and KNU soon after at one go. Troops deployed in the cities were ordered out and sent straight to the front lines. As a result, Burma Army not only recaptured Mine Yang and Maethawaw, they started overrunning many more BCP camps and KNU camps one after another in a shockingly short time.

Later, words were reached to the towns that during both operations, soldiers were given two options. Either keep on charging against the rebel gun fires or be shot. Although the authenticity of the options was to be questioned, one true fact remains. That is, ALL of the soldiers who killed the demonstrators were killed during these operations. Today, it is believed not a single killer (soldier) live to tell his personal experiences of '88 killings.

Now, KNPP has captured one army camp. It is so doubtful how an outpost which is so close to state capital Kalaw could fall to relatively weak rebel group like KNPP. There are words of ABSDF and SSA preparing offensives against the army, news which will be so welcomed by the generals. After all, if history is to be repeated, it is time the killers get killed.

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Five Generals and soldiers jailed for refusing to shoot monks

The Jakarta Post

Burma's ruling junta have detained five generals and more than 400 soldiers for disobeying orders to shoot and beat monks and other activists who took part in recent protests in Rangoon, an official said Monday.

The official, who asked for anonymity out of fear he would be punished by the junta, said it was the first sign of divisions in the country's secretive establishment.

"The five generals expressed their refusal to deploy their troops against the monks openly. They were then quickly put into detention by the junta.

"Some 400 soldiers of the Sagaing Division near Mandalay also put down their guns in front of the monks, and asked for their forgiveness as they fully realized they had committed the biggest sin," he told The Jakarta Post.

The official refused to disclose the names of the generals or give further details on where the generals and the soldiers were detained.

Following Burma's recent wave of anti-government demonstrations, which drew more than 100,000 protesters at its peak last week and saw the military shooting at civilians and monks, the Burmese administration announced that 10 people, including a Japanese photographer, had been killed during the protests.

Foreign diplomats and Burmese dissidents said the true death toll was much higher.

The official said that most civil servants like himself did not like what the junta had done to the monks but were too afraid too show their feelings.

"Monks are a symbol of our religion and our life. People are very angry that the military dared to shoot them. It is considered the biggest sin to kill monks," the official said.

He said that many civil servants and other workers were beginning to quietly express their dissatisfaction by staying at home and not working.

Shwe Myo Thant, secretary-general of the Chiang Mae-based Nationalities Youth Program, an organization of 12 ethnic groups working to empower Burmese people, agreed that many workers were boycotting the junta by staying home.

"They want to show the military that they disagree with the violent crackdown. By not working, we hope that they can put more pressure on the junta to open dialog. Beside the civil servants and the workers, the monks are also continuing their protest inside their monasteries by staying silent and refusing to pray for the government," he told the Post on Sunday at his office in Chiang Mae.

Analysts have speculated that the disobedience of some military generals could be the beginning of cracks inside the military establishment, leading to civilians taking power in a manner similar to the events in Indonesia during the May 1998 riots, which led to the fall of Soeharto.


Source: Rebound88

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

S'pore event : Intl Day Of Action For A Free Burma - Oct 6

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SG- Burmese pray at Excelsior Hotel

When I watched it on CNA, the singing of Kabar Makyay Bu as well as the monk address was muted by the broadcaster. Anyway, here it is. Thanks to comyogyi.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Will S'pore welcome Osama Bin Laden?

Mr Lee also responded to a question on whether Singapore should prevent members of the Myanmar government from coming to Singapore for medical treatment.

He said: "I think we have to decide whether we're trying to influence the policy of a government or whether you want to do petty indignities to individuals, which is really against human nature.

"Somebody who is sick, he wants to come to Singapore, he needs treatment and you're telling me that I shouldn't treat him because he is not a good man? It goes against the Hippocratic oath of doctors."

Source:CNA



If Mr Lee thinks it is against human nature to deny medical treatment to individuals, will Singapore admit Mr Osama Bin Laden to SGH if he ever needs treatment? It is still against the Hippocratic oath of doctors, isn't it?

I think Singapore should accept Mr Osama if Singapore accepts Burmese generals. They are no better than Osama Bin Laden. They share a lot in common.

They take US as enemy. They are happy to see US people killed. They killed innocent people.

When Al Qaeda killed nearly 3000 in Sep 11 attacks, Burmese generals happily announced the news on national TV and run articles on national Newspapers. But not a word of sorrw for the victims were said.

Whenever storms, floods, tornadoes, hit US, Burmese people are the first to read on newspapers. Whenever building, and bridge collapse in US, Burmese people are the first to see. Whenever lunatic shoots people in US, Burmese people are the first to know.


At least, Al Qaeda is fighting arms against arms. Burmese generals are killing unarmed civilians with guns.

So, Singapore...what would you do? Welcome Mr Osama Bin Laden?

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Two detainees die in custody

Oct 8, 2007 (DVB)–Two unknown youths arrested during last month’s protests have died in detention after being beaten by soldiers, according to a former detainee. The former detainee, who was recently released from Rangoon City Hall where the two young men were also held, told DVB that they died on 29 September after being badly beaten up by soldiers from Battalion 66. "Their valuables, such as watches and necklaces, were removed from their bodies by soldiers after the youths died. Bodies were seen being taken away in trucks at around 11pm that night." Reporting by Nan Kham Kaew

Source : DVB

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Monday, October 08, 2007

ASEAN, a family of governments?

"We need to keep Myanmar in the family and handle the problems there with a certain degree of understanding and compassion. Of course people who live further away can have their own views, but I believe we have a deeper understanding of the situation there, and the stand we take is the correct stand," said Mr Yeo. — CNA

It is better for Myanmar to 'remain inside the family' of ASEAN than outside, Lee said. –DPA

Family, family, family. It is all about keeping Myanmar in the family. That in turn means keeping the brutal military junta in the family. So, Is ASEAN just a family of governments? What about the citizens of each country?

In fact ASEAN should be a group of families. Each nation is a separate family. These families are living in a town called ASEAN.

Now the town people are witnessing the brutal beatings and killings in a family called Myanmar. What do you do when you see or even hear when your neighbours fight? Do you watch and publish a statement? No, either you interfere or you call the police. You just cannot stand and watch when one was being bullied by another albeit they are just the same family members.

Now, we are asking you to either interfere or call the police, which in this case is UN. Again, the police cannot just knock the door and wait until the fight is over. They never did anyway. They have to break the door and go in with guns ready if needed. So, here it is, it is now time for the neighbours to tell the police to break in and ACT simply because they have seen and heard how bad the situation inside is. They just cannot tell the police to issue warnings outside the door. That won’t work.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Brutal beatings caught on camera

The scenes of soldiers beatings the protesters ruthlessly on the streets of Rangoon.

Soldiers rounding up and beatings the protesters even while squatting on the ground as ordered.

LID 66 officer who was enjoying the beatings by his soldiers.

The injured protesters in hiding.

This video was smuggled out of Burma and shown on CNN. Follow the link to see the Full Video.

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2007/10/02/rivers.myanamar.beatings.cnn

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Monday, October 01, 2007

The Evidence

These are not the pictures you want to see time and again. But these are the pictures you should never ever forget. These are the hard evidence how brutal the military regime is. These are the images of a dead body of a monk floating in the Nga Moe Yeik river. The injuries sustained by this monk can still be seen on his head and the back. In fact it is clear almost the whole body was badly beaten before the body was thrown into the river.

And this particular sighting proved the rumours about the army throwing dead monks into the Yangon river after the killings was indeed true. In fact, this is not the first time the dead bodies were thrown into the river. The burmese army thrown more than 300 dead bodies into Irrawaddy river after the massacre in Sagaing on 9-8-88. The relatives of the deaths had to go as far as 10 to 20 miles down stream to collect the bodies up to a week.

The world could not afford to wait longer. The oppressive military regime has to be overthrown for the sake of 50 million burmans who have been suffering under military rule for almost half a century.



The floating dead body of a monk killed by military and SPDC thugs.
Photo Source: DVB

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စင္ကာပူရဲနဲ႔ ဗမာ့အခြင့္အေရး

တီရွပ္မ်ား ၀တ္ဆင္ျခင္း၊ သတင္းမ်ားဖတ္ျခင္းနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး စင္ကာပူရဲမ်ားက တားဆီးခဲ့တယ္ဆိုတဲ့ သတင္းေတြ ထြက္ေပၚလာၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ဗမာမ်ား စိုးရိမ္ေသာကေတြ ပိုလာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ဒီေန႔ အခြင့္အေရးရတုန္း စင္ကာပူရဲကို က်ေနာ္ကိုယ္တိုင္ ဒီကိစၥနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး complaint လုပ္ေတာ့ သူတို႔ရဲေတြ အေနနဲ႔ ဒီလို တားဆီးတာေတြ လုပ္ခြင့္မရိွေၾကာင္း၊ စင္ကာပူ အစိုးရကို သိကၡာခ်ေသာ စာသားမ်ား မပါသေရြ႕ ႀကိဳက္တဲ့ တီရွပ္ ၀တ္ဆင္ခြင့္ရိွေၾကာင္း၊ လက္ရိွ ဗမာမ်ား ၀တ္ဆင္ေနေသာ တီရွပ္မ်ား အားလံုး သူတို႔အျမင္မွာ ျပႆနာ မရိွေၾကာင္း၊ ရဲမ်ားအေနနဲ႔ ၀တ္ဆင္ထားတဲ့ တီရွပ္ ခၽြတ္ခိုင္းတာဟာ လံုးလံုး လုပ္ပိုင္ခြင့္ မရိွေၾကာင္း၊ သတင္း ဆိုဒ္မ်ား ဆိုတာလည္း လူတိုင္း ၀င္ၾကည့္ႏိုင္တာေတြ ျဖစ္လို႔ သူတို႔တားဆီးျခင္း မရိွေၾကာင္း၊ ေနာင္ ဒီလို ကိစၥေတြ ျဖစ္လာရင္ သက္ဆိုင္ရာ ရဲကို ကတ္ျပားေတာင္းၾကည့္ကာ နာမည္၊ ရာထူး၊ ဘယ္နယ္ေျမ စတာေတြ မွတ္သားၿပီး သူတို႔ကို တိုင္ၾကားႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း ေျပာပါတယ္။ CISCO ရဲေတြ ဆိုရင္လည္း ဒီလို လုပ္ပိုင္ခြင့္ မရိွေၾကာင္းနဲ႔ နာမည္ေမးထားဖို႔ ေျပာပါတယ္။

ေနာက္ဆံုး လွည့္ပတ္ေမးျမန္းၿပီးသိရတာကေတာ့ special operation command (SOC) လို႔ေခၚတဲ့ အဓိကရုဏ္း ႏွိမ္နင္းေရး တပ္ဖဲြ႕၀င္ေတြက တားဆီးခဲ့တယ္ဆိုပါတယ္။ ဒါဟာလည္း miscommunication ဘဲျဖစ္ပါလိမ့္မယ္၊ သူတို႔ေတြ ဒီလို လုပ္ပိုင္ခြင့္ မရိွပါေၾကာင္း ထပ္မံ ေျပာခဲ့ပါေသးတယ္။

ဒါေၾကာင့္ စင္ကာပူေရာက္ ဗမာအေပါင္းတို႔ အေနနဲ႔ တီရွပ္ နီနီ၊ ျဖဴျဖဴ ဘာ message ပဲေရးထား ေရးထား သူတို႔ကို မထိသေရြ႕ လြတ္လပ္စြာ ၀တ္ဆင္ႏိုင္ပါေၾကာင္း၊ သတင္းမ်ားလည္း လြတ္လပ္စြာ ဖတ္ရႈႏိုင္ပါေၾကာင္း အေၾကာင္းၾကားပါတယ္။ တခုခုျဖစ္ခဲ့ရင္ ရဲရဲသာ ကတ္ျပားေတာင္းၾကပါလို႔။

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Death list obtained so far


  • Name: Kenji Nagai
    Adress: Nakano Ward, Tokyo, Japan
    Age: 50
    Date of death: 27 September, 2007
    Remark:He is a photo journalist of freeland
  • Name: Ko Soe Than (b) Si Tone
    Address: 716 , 26 Street , No 5 Quarter, S\Okkalapa
    Age: 41 years old
    Date of death: 27 September, 2007
  • Name: Myo Min Htun
    Address: 287 , 24 Street , No. 7 Quarter, S\Okkalapa
    Age: 22
    Father: U Than Htun
    Date of death: 27 September, 2007
  • Name: Zayar Naing
    Address: Mahor Video rent shop , Thura 2 Street, No. 9 Quarter, S\Okkalapa
    Age: 18
    Date of death: 27 September, 2007
    Remark: He is a tenth student of Basic Education High School- BEHS (2) School , S\Okkalapa, Rangoon
  • Name: Pho Zaw
    Address: Dan Ohn Set, Marga street, N/Oakkalapa, Rangoon
    Age: 40
    Date of death: 29 September 2007
  • Name: Sunny (alais) kalamalay
    Address: Bo Htun Zan Quarter, Daw Bon, Rangoon
    Age: 18
    Date of death: 29 September 2007
  • Name: Ven, Thila Sara
    Address: Yuzana monastery, Myintkyina, Kachin State
    Age:
    Date of death: 26 September 2007

Source: AAPP

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Burma Protests(29Sep)

An angry protester trying to hit SPDC thugs.

Smaller crowd but Braver.


Pictures from Reuters.

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တန္ျပန္ အၾကမ္းဖက္ေရး




သူငယ္ခ်င္းတေယာက္ ပို႔ေပးလာတဲ့ တန္ျပန္အၾကမ္းဖက္ဖို႔ လႈံ႕ေဆာ္ထားတဲ့စာပါ။ လက္ေတြ႕ အေကာင္အထည္ ေဖာ္ဖို႔ေတာ့ သိပ္မလြယ္ပါဘူး။ သို႔ေသာ္လည္း လုပ္ခ်င္တဲ့သူေတြ လုပ္လို႔ရေအာင္၊ မလုပ္ခ်င္တဲ့သူေတြ စဥ္းစားလို႔ရေအာင္ တင္လိုက္ပါတယ္။ PDF လိုခ်င္ရင္ ဒီမွာ ယူပါ။

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An eye from the sky

The American Association for the Advancement of Science and US campaign for Burma said they are watching Burma from the sky using low-orbit satellites owned by commercial firms that pass over Myanmar every day or so.

They might not see the shootings but they might be able to see the mass troops movements and mass rally. It is a slim hope for us at least.

Read the full story HERE.

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Burma Protests Video on BBC(29Sep)

Rare footage of cat and mouse protest in Burma on 29Sep.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7019556.stm

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Burma Protests(28Sep)

The protesting crowd
shooting in downtown Rangoon. People running for cover.
An injured young man.
Marching into downtown

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SPDC Dogs(28Sep)

The shoes, look at the shoes, these shoes are not the riot police shoes. These are army shoes. And see the enthusiasm in those dogs movements. They are so eager to strike.

Those black boots are the riot police shoes. Oh why are they covering their faces? eager to kill people but so scare for retaliation?

Another enthusiastic dog so eager to shoot straight into the crowd.

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The Brutal Killing(27Sep)

A part of human drain left in the drain of in front of Tamwe High School No 3. A young student was severely beaten to death by SPDC thugs with iron rods that part of his brain dropped into the drain. The picture was taken after the SPDC thugs carried away the dead body of young man.

Photo taken from http://burmamyanmargenocide.blogspot.com/ and myanmarmuslim.net

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Friday, September 28, 2007

The Number Game

Burmese military junta yesterday claimed 9 people died during the crackdown. That reminds me of the press conference by then army chief General Saw Maung 19 years ago. During the press conference when asked about the number of people killed during 1988 uprising, which the army crushed brutally and killed thousands of people, he answered "fifteen". The journalist surprised at his answer asked back "fifteen or fifty?" for confirmation. The junta chief answered "one five. one five" smugly. How could it be when more than a thousand lost lives right in front of City Hall on 8888 alone. That shows the army has no qualm about lying blindly to the international media.

Now the ruling junta, SPDC, announced 9 people dead. I am shocked to see the number because if 15 means thousands, then 9 means hundreds if not thousands.

And our inside sources confirmed more than a hundred on 27th September alone, the highest casualties after 1988 uprising.

And the junta has cut off internet lines and killed many more again today. Rangoon residents told they used iron rods to beat and kill people so that people would not hear sounds of gun fire. The worst hit today was at Pan Soe Tan. They military and SAS people killed the injured protesters by beating with the iron rods the witnesses said. There also are eye witnesses about dead bodies of monks being thrown into Rangoon river by the army. This scenario has happened in Sagaing on 9,8,88 as well. On that day, more than 300 Sagaing residents were shot and killed by the army. The dead bodies were all thrown into Irrawaddy river then. Even after more than a week, Sagaing residents still found their loved ones bodies many miles down the river. This time the bodies of monks killed can only be seen by the fishes and seamen.

The tragedy would continue if the world cannot kick out this worth for nothing junta.

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Mizzima News(28Sep)

Burmese Standard Time)
5:20 p.m
Shooting in Pazuntaung

Troops opened fire on more than 10,000 protesters in Pazuntaung at about 4 p.m (local time). At least three people received injuries. Soon after. the crowd dispersed.

5:00 p.m
Protesters reportedly beaten to death by soldiers, goons and convicts in Pansadan and China town

Several protesters were reportedly beaten to death during a crackdown in Pansodan and China town in the heart of Rangoon at about 3:00 p.m. (local time), protesters said. The baton charges and brutal beatings carried out by soldiers led by officials, including members of the Swan Arrshin, USDA and former convicts, who were believed to have been freed to be used in the crack down.

A protester told Mizzima

"I was in Sule but went home at about 2 p.m. (local time). I left because the situation was getting ugly. There were a lot of members of USDA and former prisoners. Yesterday the soldiers dropped about four truck loads of former prisoners to crackdown on the protesters. When I looked at them, I saw their legs and bodies were swollen. And they carried bags in which they had catapults and 'ginkalih'. Soldiers were checking the people from behind."

"Just now someone called me from the 40th Street and told me that there was a pool of blood on Pansodan flyover and people in China town had to flee because of the shooting. First the protesters marched from Sule to Pansodan and from Pansodan to Bar Street. And when they arrived on Pansodan Street, soldiers did not fire but started beating up the people. Members of Swan Arrshin also started assaulting them with iron rods. They were beating people to death. It all happened at about 3 p.m (local time)."

"People started fleeing to the 17th Street and to China town. But the soldiers blocked the road on Lanmadaw Street. So far we don't know how many deaths have occurred but I am sure there are more than a hundred deaths. Thousands have been arrested. Since Insein prison cannot accommodate anymore people they are being detained at the Government Technical College (GTC)."

"We are worried about the fate of the monks arrested and dragged into trucks like animals on September 26, and also for those monks locked inside the pagoda. A lot of monks are locked up inside the monasteries. The government has announced that nine people have died but that is not true, I am sure there are at least a hundred deaths."

3:40 p.m
Junta seals off Rangoon general hospital compound.

3:30 p.m
WHO officials said they have rush to the Rangoon general hospital to donate medicines after hearing that several people have been injured after troops shot protesters. However, the hospital authorities rejected the donation and sent them back.

When Mizzima contacted the Rangoon general hospital, to confirm of the information, officials of the hospital did not deny or confirm the information but cut off the telephone

An eyewitness account of a local who reached near the Sule pagoda

"Students numbering about 30,000 holding the flag of a fighting peacock started marching from Nyaungpinlay market on the Lanmadaw street but did not come to Sule pagoda side and headed for the other side. And inside the Sule Park people with batons and machetes are preparing to attack. All together there are about 3000 to 4000 people waiting to attack near the Sule area. People are also gathering near the Sule pagoda and are defying the junta in their own way."

"In most of the street corners near the Sule, people are waiting with batons and machetes to attack any members of Swan Arrshin if they would appear."

Security in Rangoon has been entrusted to the regiment 66 and 77. Both the regiment divided areas of control with regiment 77 taking care of north and south Okklapah townships, while regiment 66 takes care of downtown Rangoon.

2:50 p.m
"People are now shouting slogans on Pansodan Street. And from the corner the street, the soldiers are watching. The people are shouting and running. Now there are more than 10,000 people here. But soldiers' strength remains the same. What we fear is they will come form behind and block us," a protester told Mizzima.

2:45 p.m
Police this morning seized a fighting peacock flag brought by students on the 27th Street in Rangoon.

2:20 p.m
Protesters defy junta's order for the third day

More than 100 protesters have gathered on Pansodan Street and begun to demonstrate. More people are seen joining the demonstration.

2:10 p.m
Protesters versus troops in Sule

There are about 1500 protesters who have gathered near the Thamada cinema hall.Soldiers are waiting for them to come to Sule pagoda.

2:00 p.m
Military trucks leave North Okklapah

About 17 military trucks, was positioned at Maelahmu pagoda in North Okklapah, were seen moving out of the township through the Kabba Aye Pagoda Street.

An eyewitness said:

"I heard that there were military trucks in our locality, so I went out to look and saw 17 military trucks positioned at Maelahmu pagoda. But from there all the trucks moved back at about 1 p.m. (local time) towards Rangoon. They went through the Kabba Aye pagoda road. In one truck there were about 30 to 40 soldiers. No soldiers were left behind. I heard rumours that there is diverse opinion in the military. But it cannot be confirmed. Because they just came here and there are no shootings and it is difficult ot find out what is going on between them."

"The soldiers were stationed at Maelahmu pagoda at about 9:30 or 10 this morning. But now there are no more soldiers. All of them went back. And everything is normal now, and there are no protests here"

"At the Mealahmu pagoda there is a monastery. We thought that the soldiers must have come to the monastery. But they did nothing to the monastery, and they all headed to Rangoon through Kabba Aye Pagoda road."

1:50 p.m
Sporadic protest in Theingyi Market

"Earlier there were about 5000 protesters. They were closeted on the road near Theingyi market, so they disperses. We don't know where they will go and gather. We cannot see the other end but on this side there are three military trucks blocking the road. There are about 100 soldiers," an eyewitness told Mizzima.

1:30 p.m
The troops in Rangoon not backing off

"They went inside Maelahmu pagoda in North Okklapah Township. In front of the pagoda they parked a jeep which carried members of the Swan Arrshin. It is as if they are blocking the road not to allow any civilians to enter. There are about four military trucks, and I think they are putting people inside the trucks. The troops in Rangoon are not backing off but their numbers are increasing. And they are choosing places where the people are to be transfered," an analyst told Mizzima.

Situation in Rangoon

"A lot of people are saying that we must fight against the junta because we will not get the same opportunity later. We must end this show now. They were talking among themselves. And they were unhappy. A lot of people in the locality also talked the same way. They said even today they will continue," a source in Rangoon told Mizzima.

More than 30 security personnel in camouflage fatigues were seen inside the compound of Tharmwe basic high school No. 3 and N.4.

Though all government schools are open, most of the students did not attend.

Soldiers and security forces are seen continuously patrolling the city and barbed wire barricades have been put outside the police station in Kyauktada Township in the heart of the city. In the police station more soldiers and policemen are being sent as reinforcements. Many security personnel are deployed in the Sule area.

Junta arrest more monks including Sayadaw [senior Sangha] U Nyanihthara of Thapeikaing.

11:15 a.m
The Burmese authorities since this morning has disconnected all internet lines.

11:00 a.m
Decay in junta's administrative mechanism

"The Township Peace and Development offices are closed since yesterday. Some officials are avoiding office. Some have gone into hiding. The administrative mechanism is starting to decay and it is affecting up to the district level. We are not even daring to stay in our own house," a local resident of Tharmwe told Mizzima.

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