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