Disheartening views of Mr Paolo Sergio Pinheiro

Disheartening views of Mr Paolo Sergio Pinheiro

In Burma, UN Envoy Sees Saffron But

No Revolution, No Kiev in Myanmar

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis

UNITED NATIONS, October 24 — “It’s saffron, but not a revolution,” the UN human rights envoy to Burma, Paolo Sergio Pinheiro, told Inner City Press on Wednesday. Mr. Pinheiro said Yangon “is not Kiev, and its not East Berlin… there will be no Orange Revolution.” Triggering Pinheiro’s six-minute explanation was Inner City Press’ request for clarification of Pinheiro’s quote to Portuguese news agency Lusa, that “I would not qualify the protests as a popular uprising and I see no possibility that they will precipitate a change of regime.” Video here, (note: if cannot get a redirection to the UN webcast, please click below at Read more place and or go to to see the video)  from Minute 11:28.

Other reporters reviewed Pinheiro’s candor as rare at the UN; some thought it inappropriate that a UN expert would say that protesters being clubbed in the street then arrested have no chance of bringing about change.


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  1. Dr Gambari,
    I am sad that you do not understand enough Burma or Myanmar politics. We all Burmese know that the real cause was the discontent in the government regarding the deterioration in sociopolitical and economic conditions of all the citizens but not for the fuel price hike nor for the refusal of an apology for Pakokku monks arrest, assault nor insult. They all have to search and use like these strategies or propaganda methods and inciting factors, as a disguise to cover up to start the political struggle against Myanmar Military Junta to gain our second independence.
    We all know that Myanmar Military would ruthlessly annihilate all the protesters. They had killed thousands and arrested and tortured few hundred thousand since 1962. The world just close one eye or looked at the other side and later could not believe and even thought that opposition is magnifying the statistics to gain sympathy and support. Thanks to the still and videos, sent out from Myanmar because of the progress in digital cameras, digital video equipments, ICT, phone cameras, mobile communication and satellite technology. Western media could spread the audiovisuals of the protests and atrocities of the SPDC because of the local and foreign reporters, bloggers in Burma.
    Just look back the evolution of our Burmese Saffron Revolution. We all have to thank US, EU and especially Mr. and Mrs. Bush for their enthusiastic and whole hearted supports and pressure on UN, UNSC, UNSG and all the super powers Myanmar’s neighbours and ASIAN.
    August 15: Fuel prices rise sharply after fuel subsidies are scrapped.
    August 19: Thousands take part in rallies in Rangoon to protest against fuel price rises.
    August 23: Protest organisers are arrested.
    August 28: Buddhist monks join protests.
    September 5: Security forces break up a demonstration by monks in Pakokku. Some monks are hurt, prompting a demand for a government apology.
    September 17: The deadline for an apology passes with no word from the generals, prompting more monk-led protests.
    September 22: Protests escalate despite developing into a broader pro-democracy demonstration. Protesters greet Aung San Suu Kyi outside the home where she is being held under house arrest, the first sight of her in public since 2003.
    September 24: Up to 100,000 march in Rangoon, making it the biggest anti-government protest since 1988. The rallies centre on the Shwedagon and Sule pagodas, but demonstrations occur in other towns and cities across Burma. The regime’s initial tolerance is interpreted as a sign of China’s restraining influence. The protests are dubbed the “Saffron revolution” after the colour of the monk’s gowns.

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