Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Three killed as Myanmar troops battle protests, Four killed in Myanmar protest crackdown, Five feared dead as Burmese Junta attacks protesters. AFP confirmed.

Would any of those *protesters* happen to be Monks? Yes, I'm afraid they would.

I've been trying to find more news from that region. Now I see from Reporters Without Borders why. There's a news blackout.

Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are outraged by the measures adopted by the military junta to prevent journalists and activists covering the on-going crackdown on protests. Most of the country’s mobile phone lines have been cut and the Internet network has been drastically reduced. Charges by police and troops on demonstrators in Rangoon, especially near the Shwedagon pagoda, have left several dead, while dozens of people have been arrested and injured.

"The generals have not hesitated to use force to repress peaceful demonstrations widely reported in the international press," the two organisations said. "Knowing it is protected by China and the international community’s impotence, the junta has cut the country off from the rest of the world in order to better crush the nascent saffron revolution. We appeal to the international press to step up its coverage by trying to get journalists into the country so that this dramatic situation is not played out behind closed doors."

At 3 p.m. today, the military authorities disconnected most of the country’s mobile phone lines, preventing journalists and demonstrators from reporting on the crackdown launched by the security forces in the heart of Rangoon. Several journalists have been injured today, including Than Lwin Zaung Htet of the magazine The Voice.

The authorities have closed Internet cafés in Rangoon while the government-controlled Internet Service Provider, Bagan Cyber, reduced Internet traffic speed. It is getting harder and harder to send or receive photos and videos sent from Burma. Dozens of foreign journalists have been refused tourist visas by the Burmese embassy in Bangkok.

Burmese blogs, websites and Internet cafés have been closed for the past few days, while it is becoming increasingly difficult to call Burmese mobile phones from abroad, especially to Ba Maw, Mandalay and Myitkyina.



Anonymous Sun Sep 30, 04:27:00 PM EDT  

Some interesting information, much of it from the book No Logo by Naomi Klein:

While most corporations were forced out of Burma, because of their financing of the brutal junta by American universities and other groups.

One company stayed whose single largest foreign investment accounting for half of all foreign investment was a 1.2 billion$ gas line. Which company do you ask?

Unocal Bushes former oil company and previous employer of Hamid Karzai.

Human Rights Watch noted in it's 1997 World Report, "Unocal remained indifferent to protests." With the CEO Roger Beach telling the press "Let me say unequivocally that the only way we will leave is if we are forced to by the enactment of the law.

Source: "U.S. Oil Company Vows to Remain in Thai Burmese Pipeline Project" Deutsche Press Agentur 17 June 1997.

They even went so far as to be one of the driving forces behind an organization called USAENGAGE made up of the corporations concerned in Burma; whose mission was to suppress any opposition to corporations operating in Burma from within the United States.

"If USA*Engage had succeeded with their tactics during the apartheid years, Nelson Mandela might still be in prison,"
- Simon Billeness in Silverstein, "So you want to trade with a dictator."

Protests in August 2007 began after the government increased the price of fuel.

You can expect that if anything comes out of GW and Condi it's stinking rotting stench.


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