Burma, in pictures.

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Burma: Aftermath  <–LINK

TIME has a new photo essay, the topic is Burma. As usual the photographs are stunning and the topic is timely. To give you the speed version of the events, here is what Wiki had to say:

Mass public demonstrations reappeared on August 18, 2007, when the government raised the price of gas and diesel oil by 500% in order to cover a budget deficit that resulted from a salary hike for civil servants.

The August 2007 demonstrations were led by well-known dissidents, such as Min Ko Naing and others. The military quickly cracked down and still has not allowed the International Red Cross to visit Min Ko Naing and others who are reportedly in Insein Prison after being severely tortured.

Following the August protests, the monks of Burma, coordinated by an underground organization, stepped into the foreground and added new life to the movement.

On 19 September 2007, several hundred (possibly 2000 or more) monks staged a protest march in the city of Sittwe.[33] Larger protests in Rangoon and elsewhere ensued over the following days. Security became increasingly heavy handed, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.[34] By 28 September, internet access had been cut[35] and journalists reputedly warned not to report on protests.[36] Internet access was restored by at least midnight of 5 October, Burmese time.[citation needed] Sources in Burma[attribution needed] said on 6 October that the internet seems to be working from 22:00 to 05:00 local time.

Various global corporations have been criticized for profiting from the dictatorship by financing Burma’s military junta.[37]

World governments remain divided on how to deal with the military junta, countries calling for further sanctions include United Kingdom, USA and France, but neighbouring countries including China claim that sanctions will not help solve the issue.[38]

On October 13 2007, the military junta of Myanmar made its people march in a government rally. Junta officials also approached local factories and demanded they provide 50 workers, and if they didn’t they would be fined.[39]

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One Response to Burma, in pictures.

  1. This is one incredible site! I found you from my Google News Alerts for Burma.
    I hear everyone waiting to hear Al Gore’s next move now that he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I can tell you what he should do right now, while the media iron is hot, asap~~first thing in the morning:

    Dear Albert Gore,
    while Jimmy Carter was the first President I voted for, you both remain my big heroes in your work around the world.
    Congratulations on being awarded such a high honor!

    Can you now, as your next order of business, call President Carter and the other Nobel laureates to gather together in Burma and demand en mass to meet with fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi?
    You must be prepared to remain in Burma until she is released from house arrest, the monks are released from prison, the people are free to assemble and Democracy is restored.

    This is a situation which surely requires direct and timely action from the Nobel Peace Prize community. We must be able to respond faster than this or we will forever be on the defensive against such oppression.

    You guys have the world watching and need to strike now.
    I know that you must have each others telephone numbers.

    Aside from her years under house arrest and in prison, as a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is under intense pressure by the brutal junta to meet with them under their conditions, and therefore legitimize their massacre of the people and monks. The junta continues to spin and deny this heinous assault on human rights with rallies and expensive PR.

    What is the point of having the Peace Prize if y’all can’t come to the aid of a fellow laureate who is imprisoned for being democratically elected?

    If this illegal junta can get away with this then why can’t any other regime imprison any one of you any time and place they want for however long they want, as evidenced with Aung San Suu Kyi?
    If you don’t believe me then go and ask them. Demand a meeting with your fellow Nobel Laureate. Now.

    Please gather together all of you Nobel Laureates and go to Burma and visit Aung San Suu Kyi,
    demand justice for the people there, before we have to demand justice for all of you over here.

    I don’t mean to sound flippant but if you guy’s can’t stand up to this now, then we are all lost…Foxtrot Uniform Bravo Alpha Romeo!

    Thank you again for your hard work,
    om mani padme hum
    écrasez l’infâme
    from the back hand path!

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