BBC:Capturing Burma’s protests on film

A monk looks into a camera at a monastery in Rangoon. His face is bruised and swollen.

Troops came during the night, he says. They beat the monks and took dozens of them away. He doesn’t know where they are.

Outside, the camera records pools of blood on the floor, shards of glass and rubble.

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Burma Eats Its Young

By : George Packer

In a just world, the names Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi would be as well known as Steve Biko and Adam Michnik. These two leaders of Burma’s 88 Generation students, now in their forties, have spent almost their entire adult lives in prison for organizing pro-democracy demonstrations. After a short period of freedom, between 2005 and 2007, they and their colleagues were jailed again for staging a long walk around Rangoon, in August of 2007, in protest of soaring transportation prices—a gesture that sparked the so-called Saffron Revolution, the largest demonstrations in Burma since 1988, both times put down in blood.

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MIZZIMA:Head held high Ashin Gambira will never bow to junta

by Ko Maw

Ashin Gambira, the leading monk of the saffron revolution and a leader in ‘All Burma Monks Alliance’ (ABMA), has been under detention for one year as on November 4 this year.

He was arrested by junta’s thugs and local authorities in Singai, Mandalay Division on 4th November 2007 after being beaten up.

He is in fact a young learning student monk only 29 years of age.

But he decided to abandon his learning institution and join political activity when he realized the current crisis of Burma originated because of the junta’s one-sided bullying tactics and refusal to resolve the political crisis by political means. He could no longer ignore the plight of the people and joined hands with other like minded monks to resolve the current crisis.

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Oppressed Burmese deserve better from the world

 THAUNG HTUN

The Burmese people have had to maintain a sense of optimism after 46 years of military dictatorship. But, as the first anniversary of the Saffron Revolution approaches and in the midst of yet another visit by the United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to Rangoon, optimism is waning. The international community has expressed its commitment to promoting democracy in Burma, as this latest visit by Mr Gambari underlines. However, commitment in its expression is easily undermined by its failure in practice.

 

For instance, strong words in the wake of the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May against the inhuman intransigence of the military leaders, has not yet ensured that aid is getting to the most needy Burmese.

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Ten Students Sentenced to Hard Labor

By SAW YAN NAING

Friday,July 25,2008

Ten students—mostly Muslims—who were active in the Buddhist monk-led peaceful demonstrations in September 2007 in Burma were each sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor by the Kyauktada Township court, a prisoners’ rights group said on Friday.   

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Anger Against Burma Junta Rises

By AP/DENIS D. GRAY

Wednesday,July 02 ,2008

(BANGKOK, Thailand) — The cyclone that devastated Burma’s heartland has also roiled a political landscape dominated by the military for more than four decades.

Buddhist monks are regrouping after the battering they took nine months ago, civil society groups are emerging and foreign aid workers — often agents of political change in the wake of humanitarian crises — are present in unprecedented numbers. The junta’s grip on power remains absolute. But anger against the regime has probably never run so high.

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Suu Kyi’s Birthday Celebrated on Capitol Hill

By LALIT K JHA / WASHINGTON

Thousands of miles from her home on Rangoon’s Inya Lake, some influential supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gathered in Washington to celebrate her 63rd birthday on Capitol Hill.
 
Speakers at a special ceremony held by the US Congress described Suu Kyi as a symbol of freedom the world over and said that she was not alone in her fight to bring democracy to Burma. Millions of people are with her, they said, urging the people of Burma not to lose hope and to continue their struggle.
 
Speakers at this special event, which was attended by invited guests, hoped that Suu Kyi would celebrate her next birthday as the rightful leader of Burma¬a position which has been denied her by the ruling junta since 1990, when her party won a landslide victory in the country’s last general elections. The event was organized by the Burma Fund, the US Campaign for Burma and the US Congressional Human Rights Caucus.