Burma: tortured to death or till they are in serious condition – Birmania: torturados hasta la muerte o hasta que están graves

Members of the 88 Generation Students and other detainees who have been arrested by authorities are now being tortured in Insein interrogation center and other detention facilities.Some have been tortured to death and others have been hospitalized in serious condition, according to sources.
A source close to authorities in Insein prison told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that many prisoners are tortured and some are now hospitalized in serious condition, including Min Ko Naing, a prominent student leader. The source requested anonymity for his safety.
On August 21, Burmese authorities arrested at least 13 activists of the 88 Generation Students group, including Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Htay Win Aung, Min Zeya, Mya Aye and Kyaw Min Yu, Zeya, Kyaw Kyaw Htwe, Arnt Bwe Kyaw, Panneik Tun, Zaw Zaw Min, Thet Zaw and Nyan Lin Tun, according to the state-run newspaper, The New Light of Myanmar.
The state-run newspaper accused them of “breaking the law guarding against acts undermining the efforts to successfully carry out peaceful transfer of State power and facilitate the proceedings of the National Convention.”

The Irrawaddy News Magazine Online Edition

More actors are arrested:

The popular Burmese film actor Kyaw Thu and his wife Myint Myint Khin Pe were arrested on Tuesday night after the authorities discovered their Rangoon hiding place.

Win Naing, Zarganar and Kyaw Thu offered alms to the monks during last month demonstrations [Photo: The Irrawaddy]

The couple had been in hiding after eluding security forces who cracked down on celebrities who supported monks in their protest demonstrations last month. Earlier reports—not, however, carried by The Irrawaddy—had suggested that Kyaw Thu had managed to escape to Thailand.

[…]”We are Buddhist. All Buddhists have to support this movement,” Kyaw Thu said during the peaceful demonstrations.

Kyaw Thu is a respected human rights activist as well as a very popular actor. He is vice-president of the Free Funeral Services Society, a social welfare organization founded in Rangoon in 2001with the aim of helping people who cannot afford funerals for their family members. It now has chapters throughout the country.

How the monks were treated:

“Due to the lack of food and the extreme highs and lows of temperature, some monks and laypeople felt like they were suffocating. Others simply died.

“The conditions were terrible. We each had no more than a small patch of cell to sit on,” lamented Burmese monk U Sandar Vaya, looking pale and weak and somewhat older than his 33 years.

U Sandar Vaya was arrested along with hundreds of other Buddhist monks at midnight on September 26. The Burmese military authorities had started arresting demonstrators that day, detained them in five locations around Rangoon—the Government Technology Institute (GTI) in Insein, the police quarters in Kyaikkasan, and police detention centers in Hmawbi, Thanlyin and Aung Thapyay, according to those people who were later released. One police official estimates that there would have been at least 1,000 monks and laypeople per detention center.

U Sandar Waya said he was incarcerated with 500 other monks and 200 civilians in one room of the GTI. The authorities gave them each only one bowl of drinking water in the first two days, later increasing the ration to three bowls. The guards didn’t allow the detainees to wash and there was no toilet, only plastic bags for sanitation.

More about the conditions for the imprisoned detainees:

imprisoned 88 Generation members have described being kept in cramped conditions in small rooms, with some standing shoulder to shoulder, unable to lie down. Prisoners have also reported a lack of toilets, clean water and adequate food supplies.

And the cremation of corpses from the repression continues: at least 200 have been burned in secret.
If the BBC was accused several days ago of being destructive to Burma by the Junta, now they are accusing the Western countries of fomenting the protests.
And the UN?? Well, as ever working hard to achieve nothing… well, is it really working at all?? UN Security Council “deplores” the repression in Burma. Wow, how hard… just as hard as the photo of Gambari with the Military Junta. RWB (RSF) agrees that this resolution is not tough at all.
The detentions continue. More detentions even. In fact, some MSM are naming the Junta’s policy as “witch-hunting“. And an special Tribunal has been created for protestors in Thayet prison. Protesting dogs are also hunted for (hmm, yes, DOGS), if they are carrying pictures of Than Shwe and other regime leaders around their necks, because “Associating anybody with a dog is a very serious insult in Burma”. In this case, the insult is for the dog.
Even the operations don’t go well in prisons (who would expect the contrary):

A member of the 88 Generation Students’ Group, Hla Myo Naung, suffered nerve damage during an unsuccessful operation while in detention, according to his colleague Soe Tun.

Hla Myo Naung was arrested on Wednesday morning when he emerged from hiding to be treated in a Rangoon clinic. According to his doctor, he was suffering from a ruptured cornea and required surgery to save his sight.

Soe Tun, also a member of the 88 Generation Students’ Group, told The Irrawaddy, “A policeman informed his wife that Hla Myo Naung had some kind of injury to his nervous system, although we don’t know exactly what happened.”

And now they are forcing villagers to march in favour of the regime.

Hundreds of villagers living on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, marched in support of the country’s military junta Saturday after being threatened with steep fines if they did not, a political activist leader hiding in Yangon told CNN by phone.
Nilar Thein — a key leader in the Myanmar-based group ‘88 Generation — said residents of Shwe Pyi Thar village carried pro-regime placards after junta officials on Friday demanded at least one person from each household march in the government’s rally. Junta officials also approached local factories and demanded they provide 50 workers.

Reconciliation is far away, but it’s the only path to peace in the country. And to a peaceful transition. The opposition wants to speak with the Junta but the Junta has rejected any kind of negotiation.
By the way, italian Jeweller Bulgari joins international boycott to Burmese jewels. Something that honors the firm.
China has already joined UN censorship of the Burmese Junta. It’s more publicity than anything. They are beginning to worry about a massive boycott to 2008 Olypmic Games.
And India continues with its business in Burma:

IN THE MIDST of the social turmoil in Myanmar, which saw a repressive military killing and making arbitrary arrests, India pulled off a coup of sorts to finalise the agreement for the $ 103 million Kaladan Multi-Modal Transport Project, which had hit a major bottleneck.

Even as Myanmar bled, India went ahead unabashedly to finalise the agreement, which envisages developing the Sittwe port in Arakan state in the neighbouring country. By its own admission India has been driven by its own interest to acquire a transit route to southeast Asian countries through Myanmar.

India and North Korea continue to sell weapons to Burma. And China, Russia and Ukraine too.
But don’t give up too easily on the Burmese “Saffron revolution“. Simple reasonings are not useful and in most cases, are not just nor truthful nor accurate:

Such arguments recall the pessimism about the Soviet bloc. Even after the wave of east European revolutions had begun in 1989, I remember watching an academic explain on British television how Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania would survive because he had forged a nation and ruled it with a rod of iron. The next day he was dead.

As I have said, we don’t know what the future will bring, it can be worse, but it can also be better. Let’s hope we are in the right path -though that “right path” is not usually the easy nor comfortable nor simple path to take”.

No, no me he olvidado de Birmania. De hecho, quería primero linkar este post sobre la historia de Birmania de Cruzcampo, para que comprendamos un poco mejor lo que pasa ahora.La represión sigue siendo temible. Pero ahora ya no hay medios ni siquiera fotos sobre la misma.
Como ya escribí aquí mismo, varios opositores han muerto durante los interrogatorios y otros han tenido que ser hospitalizados por estar muy graves. Las torturas, como también he escrito aquí, son atroces. Y la acusación una vergüenza: han sido acusados de “quebrantar la ley que prohíbe los actos que vayan en contra de los esfuerzos para garantizar una pacífica transferencia del poder del Estado y facilitar los procedimientos de una convención estatl”.
El opositor Hla Myo Naung, del que ya hablé aquí que había ido a ser tratado de una ruptura de córnea, ha sido operado en la cárcel y tiene daños en los nervios, porque la operación “salió mal”.
Ni siquiera los actores se salvan. Si hace unos días conocíamos la detención de -entre otros actores- Zanganar, un actor cómico muy famoso en Birmania (se le apoda el Charlie Chaplin birmano) ante la desesperación de su mujer que denuncia que está mal de salud y que ni siquiera sabe a dónde se lo han llevado, ahora hemos conocido que Kyaw Thu y su mujer han sido apresados. Se habían escondido desde que se reunieron para repartir agua y comida a los monjes, acto en el que también estuvo Zanganar, a pesar de que sabían que esto significaba su arresto. Kyaw Thu es un reconocido actor pero también un famoso activista de derechos humanos y desempeña el puesto de vice-presidente de una fundación que paga los funerales a personas que no tienen recursos.
Los monjes que han sido detenidos y han sido después puestos en libertad, han comenzado a hablar. “Las condiciones eran terribles. No teníamos más que un pequeño trozo de celda para sentarnos”, se lamento el monje birmano U Sandar Vaya, con la cara pálida y aparentando ser más viejo de los 33 años que tiene. Pero otros han tenido peor suerte. Como consecuencia de la falta de comida y las subidas y bajadas de temperatura, algunos monjes y personas legas pensaron que se sofocarían. Otros simplemente murieron.
Más detalles sobre las condiciones en las que los tienen detenidos:

Miembros en prisión de la Generación del 88 han descrito estar en condiciones horribles en pequeñas habitaciones, donde tienen que estar hombro con hombro, sin poder tumbarse. Los prisioneros también han descrito una falta de wáteres, agua limpia y comidas adecuadas.

También continúa la cremación de los cadáveres: al menos 200 han sido quemados en secreto, por lo que serán muchos más.
Si la BBC fue acusada hace unos días de ser “destructiva para Birmania”, ahora la Junta acusa a los países occidentales de fomentar las protestas.
Y la ONU? Eehh, bueno, trabajando duro por ser muyyyyyy blanda: Consejo de Seguridad de ONU deplora represión en Myanmar. Tan, tan dura es como lo que se puede observar en la foto de la izquierda: Ghambari, enviado de la ONU, posa con la Junta militar, como ya escribí aquí. Reporteros sin Fronteras es de la misma opinión que yo sobre lo blannnnnnnnnnndo el comunicado con la Junta.
Las detenciones también continúan. Y aún más detenciones. De hecho se habla de una “caza de brujas“. Y se ha creado un tribunal especial para los que se manifestaron en la prisión de Thayet.
La policía persigue a los perros que lleven una foto de Than Swe y otros mandatarios de la Junta colgadas del cuello, porque asociar a alguien con un perro es un serio insulto en Birmania. En este caso, el insulto es para el perro por asociarle con estos asesinos. Por cierto, ¿para cuándo van a denunciar los defensores de los animales el maltrato de estos perros? Porque considerando lo que les hacen a los humanos, hay que pensar que tienen un futuro negro…
Y ahora están
obligando a los residentes en Yangún a manifestarse en favor del régimen.
Ahora China se une a los que censuran a la Junta, pero eso -creo personalmente- que es más porque temen un boicot masivo a los Juegos Olímpicos del año que viene que porque realmente hayan cambiado de idea… Y, por supuesto, es más una cuestión de publicidad que un cambio en la idea o en la consideración de la Junta birmana.
India, sin embargo, cerró un negocio de 103 millones de dólares mientras se producía la represión. El proyecto, llamado de “transporte multi-modal de Kaladan”, permitirá a la India adquirir una ruta de tránsito a través de Birmania por los países del Sudeste asiático. El Gobierno indio confesó que perseguía su propio interés en el proyecto.
India y Corea del Norte, junto con China, Rusia y Ucrania, continúan vendiendo armas al régimen birmano. Para ellos es un cliente más. :shock:
La reconciliación se ve lejos, pero será el único camino para alcanzar la paz en el país. Y una transición pacífica. Así, aunque la oposición SÍ quiere entrar en negociaciones con el Gobierno, la Junta militar ya ha dicho que NONES.
Por cierto, Bulgari va a boicotear las piedras preciosas que vengan de Birmania. Un gesto que les honra.
Pero no dejemos que el pesimismo nos invada. Como decía el Financial Times, los razonamientos simples no sirven porque no responden a la verdad ni son ajustados a la realidad:

Estos argumentos me recuerdan el pesimismo con que se trataba al bloque soviético. Incluso después de la ola de revoluciones del Este de Europa que comenzó en 1989, me acuerdo de ver a un académico explicar en la TV británica cómo Ceaucescu de Rumanía sobreviviría porque había hecho al pais y lo gobernaba con mano de hierro. El día siguiente estaba muerto.

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Actualización birmana: detenidos por no disparar a los monjes – Burmese update: detained for not shooting monks

La Junta Militar birmana detuvo a cinco generales y a más de 400 soldados por negarse a disparar y golpear a los monjes budistas y a otros participantes en las protestas de las últimas semanas en Rangún, informo el miércoles el rotativo indonesio ‘The Jakarta Post’, tras entrevistar a un alto cargo birmano que pidió el anonimato.”Cinco generales expresaron su negativa a destacar sus tropas abiertamente contra los monjes y fueron rápidamente detenidos por la Junta”, dijo el oficial birmano que rechazó dar los nombres de los militares arrestados.Añadió que además fueron castigados “alrededor de 400 soldados de la División Sikai, cerca de la ciudad de Mandalay, que también bajaron sus armas frente a los monjes y les pidieron perdón al darse cuenta de que habían cometido el peor de los pecados”.La fuente opinó que se trata de una clara señal de la existencia de fisuras en el interior del régimen, puesto que, a su juicio, la mayoría de los funcionarios y cargos públicos no están contentos con la brutal represión llevada a cabo por la Junta Militar, aunque callan por temor.

Cinco generales y 400 soldados detenidos por no disparar contra monjes budistas | elmundo.es
Asimismo un dirigente opositor que participó en la rebelión de 1988 ha muerto como consecuencia de las torturas a que fue sometido durante el interrogatorio:

Un dirigente de la oposición en Myanmar, que fue arrestado durante las protestas masivas del mes pasado contra la Junta Militar, murió debido a las torturas que sufrió durante los interrogatorios, denunció hoy un grupo activista.
La Asociación de Asistencia para Prisioneros Políticos dijo que Win Shwe, de 42 años y miembro de la Liga Nacional para la Democracia, fue arrestado el 26 de septiembre con otras cuatro personas por su apoyo y participación en las mayores protestas en casi 20 años.
“Murió como consecuencia de las torturas durante los interrogatorios”, aseguró el grupo con sede en Tailandia y dijo que la fuente de su información son las autoridades del pueblo de Kyaukpandawn.
“Sin embargo, su cadáver no fue enviado a su familia y sus interrogadores dijeron que en cambio lo incineraron”, agregó.
Tras las noticias sobre la muerte de Win Shwe, Estados Unidos amenazó con nuevas sanciones contra Myanmar.
“La junta debe cesar el tratamiento brutal de su gente y hacer una transición pacífica a la democracia, o se enfrentará a nuevas sanciones de Estados Unidos”, declaró en un comunicado el portavoz de la Casa Blanca, Gordon Johndroe.
La Casa Blanca no especificó qué sanciones adicionales está estudiando contra la ex Birmania, pero pidió una investigación completa sobre la muerte del activista.

Esta muerte se priduce después de que el martes otro grupo de activistas en favor de los Derechos Humanos denunciara que dos estudiantes detenidos el 27 de septiembre habían muerto también mientras eran interrogados.
También se ha detenido a uno de los participantes en la revolución del 1988. Hla Myo Naung, de casi 40 años, tiene rota la córnea y su médico ha dicho que necesitaba una intervención inmediata. Fue detenido en una clínica oftalmológica. Con anterioridad a su detención había estado escondiéndose de la policía.
Ni siquiera los cómicos se libran. El más importante de los cómicos birmanos, Zarganar, apodado “el Charlie Chaplin” birmano, fue detenido y su mujer está preocupada. “No está muy bien de salud y no sé dónde lo tienen detenido”. “Le dije que no se metiera en las protestas, pero no me hizo caso”. “Ama a este país y a su gente”. Zarganar, ya fue arrestado como disidente político en 1988, y luego en 1990, cuando ayudaba a su madre cuando ésta se presentó como candidata en las elecciones generales de ese año. Fue liberado en 1994. La causa de su arresto fue que dio agua y comida a los monjes en los primeros días de protestas.
Al mismo tiempo, un hombre disparó contra el Consulado Chino en Mandalay, en lo que consideran los testigos que es una forma de protesta contra la postura china en relación a la Junta birmana. El personal del Consulado no hizo declaraciones. Pero quién sí las ha hecho ha sido Thakin Chan Htun, antiguo embajador birmano en China, diciendo que, si siguen así las cosas, pueden producirse otra vez disturbios entre los chinos -que han emigrado masivamente a Birmania- y los birmanos.
Por último, os animo a dejar vuestro mensaje para Birmania en esta dirección habilitada por la “Voz Democrática de Birmania”. Sólo quieren un poco de ánimo. No se lo vamos a negar, ¿verdad? ;)

The Burmese military Junta detained five generals immediately after they expressed their negative to employ their troops openly against the monks. This is the statement made anonymously by a Burmese high rank official, according to Indonesian newspaper “The Jakarta Post”. He added that 400 soldiers who lowered their weapons when they saw the monks and asked for forgiveness “for committing the worst of sins”, were also punished. According to this official there is a growing unhappiness among the civil servants and public authorities, with the brutal crackdown lead by the Military Junta, although they are not speaking out of fear.
Anyway, the detentions continue:

A prominent leader of the 88 Generation Students group sought by the authorities since the start of protest demonstrations in August was arrested on Wednesday morning when he emerged from hiding to be treated in a Rangoon clinic, activist sources said.
Three other members of the group were arrested on Tuesday, the sources said.
Hla Myo Naung, in his late 30s, suffers from a ruptured cornea and his doctor says he will lose the sight in one eye unless the condition is surgically treated, according to Htay Kywe, a leader of the 88 Generation Students group, who spoke to The Irrawaddy from his own hiding place. He is also on the regime’s wanted list for his part in the demonstrations.
Htay Kywe said Hla Myo Naung was arrested at the eye clinic shortly after arriving there.

Not even comedians can escape from being detained:

For decades, Burmese comedians have charmed their audiences and irritated the ruling generals with their topical satire and political wit.
During the current unrest, Burmese authorities struck back by arresting two of the country’s most well-known comedians. Currently, no one knows where they are being held.
The comedians’ family members are in anguish over the fate of their loved ones.
“I am worried about him. He is not in good healthy,” said Kyi Oo, the mother of Zarganar, who has been called Burma’s Charlie Chaplin.
“I warned him not to get too involved in the protests, but he refused me,” she told The Irrawaddy by phone from Rangoon. “He loves his country and his people.”
Zarganar, 45, a dentist-turned-comedian, came to prominence in the 1980s by poking fun at the then socialist regime.
He was arrested after he prominently appeared in public, offering food and drink to monks during the early days of the Rangoon protests.
Zarganar was jailed twice for his social and political activism, first as a political dissident in 1988, then again in 1990 while helping his mother in her campaign for the general elections that year. He was freed in 1994.

And the deaths during the “interrogation tactics” too:

A member of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy has died in a police interrogation center, a Burmese rights group reported on Wednesday.
The report follows news from another rights group on Tuesday that two university students arrested on September 27 had also died while being interrogated.
The NLD member, 42-year-old Win Shwe, who belonged to the party’s Kyaukpadaung Township branch in Mandalay Division was arrested on September 26, together with four other activists who took part with him in supporting demonstrations by protesting monks. The fate of the other four is not known.
The Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) said Win Shwe’s family had been informed that he had died three days ago but had been given no further information. His body was not returned to the family, and the AAPP said it had been buried secretly.

The police in charge of the interrogation techniques said that the body was cremated. :cry:

At the same time, the Chinese Consulate in Mandalay was attacked on Sunday:

the Chinese consulate in Mandalay was the scene of a hit and run gunshot attack by an unknown motorcyclist on Sunday, according to sources.
A local resident said that gunfire was heard early on Sunday morning. Several shots hit the embassy, but nobody was wounded, the resident added.
Security around the consulate has been beefed up since the attack and the authorities are currently investigating the incident, according to sources in Mandalay.
Critics and local residents alike view the isolated attack as a sign of growing discontent among the Burmese people in Mandalay against the Chinese government. However, it is not clear what the motive behind the attack was.
When asked about the attack, Chinese consulate staff refused to comment.
A veteran politician and former Burmese ambassador to China, Thakin Chan Htun told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the growing opposition to China is based on its support for the Burmese military regime. If Burmese people can’t control their annoyance against the Chinese people,” he said, “it could lead to riots between Chinese and Burmese people, just like the riots in the past.”

From NYT blog:

World leaders, including First Lady Laura Bush, are launching invectives at a regime that lost all its credibility long ago. Access to the Internet, the source of great hope for fueling a popular uprising, returned momentarily. And one of the key opposition sites, the Democratic Voice of Burma, seemed to give up on urging world leaders to do something to help. At the top of the front page of its Web site, the group merely asks for encouragement: “Express yourself to the people of Burma!.”

Are you going to deny them a little encouragement? ;)

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Burma: the crackdown continues – Birmania: la represión continúa

(en español al final)

From webindia:

In talks on Oct 2 with UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, Myanmar’s junta head Senior General Than Shwe agreed to personally meet with Suu Kyi on the preconditions that she drop calls for “confrontation” with the regime and end her support for Western sanctions, imposed on the country since 1988 in the aftermath of the military’s brutal crackdown on its own people that left an estimated 3,000 people dead.

Observers fear the preconditions are a manoeuvre to place blame on Suu Kyi if the dialogue fails to take place.

More about the detention centers built after or during the “saffron revolution” h/t to Enzo, Kate and John:

According to Western diplomats and at least one Burmese government official, the Yangon’s technical institute has become a temporary concentration camp for 1,700 of the victims of last week’s brutal suppression of the democracy uprising. It provides a partial answer to one of the lingering questions about the Burmese junta?s crackdown: where are the monks, democracy activists and journalists who have been rounded up and spirited away over the past six weeks?brazo herido
The only thing of which one can be sure is that somewhere in the country large numbers of people are being held in an invisible prison camp, without charge, without legal recourse and without the ability to communicate.

Image: hurt arm by a police batton. From Ho htike.

Or their bodies are cremated to ensure that the actual death toll is never known:

The Burmese army has burnt an undetermined number of bodies at a crematorium sealed off by armed guards northeast of Rangoon over the past seven days, ensuring that the exact death toll in the recent pro-democracy protests will never be known.

The secret cremations have been reported by local people who have seen olive green trucks covered with tarpaulins rumbling through the area at night and watched smoke rising continuously from the furnace chimneys.

They say they have watched soldiers in steel helmets blocking off roads to the municipal crematorium and threatening people who poke their heads out of windows overlooking the roads after the 10pm curfew.

Their accounts have been volunteered to international officials and aid workers in Rangoon, Burma’s main city. The consensus in the foreign community is that the consistency of the stories makes them credible.

The Government has begun making false accusations on the monks:

The article defended security officers who had rounded up all the monks during the monastery raids, claiming that they were unable to distinguish between the real monks and imposters and so had to arrest everyone.

Among the items that had reportedly been found during the raids were alcohol, pornographic and sexual materials, women’s clothing, anti-government literature and a variety of weapons. Waiting [Oh, yeah, and plans to build a nuclear weapon… This people thing we are all idiot. Even if that was the case, it does not justify such a crackdown…].

U Gambira, a spokesperson for the People?s Movement Leader Committee, dismissed the claims.

“People of Burma and the whole world know whether these accusations being made about monks by the junta are really true or not. Monks are peaceful people and we don’t need to give any answer to the government’s claims as everyone knows the truth. But still, I would like to say this is a very bad thing the [Burmese government] has done,” he said.

And has continued with the massive detentions:

Even as the Burmese military junta continues its crack down, the number of Burma?s opposition political party members who are being arrested has risen to over 400, an activist group said today.

The Thailand based Assistant Association for political Prisoners – Burma (AAPP-B) said despite the regime’s announcement that it had released several protesters, rampant midnight raids on the residence of activists and opposition party members (the National League for Democracy) continues.

K Bo Kyi, Secretary of the AAPP-B said the junta has categorized those arrested into three groups: activists, those joining in the protests and bystanders or onlookers applauding the protesters.

Those released are mainly bystanders or onlookers who had cheered the demonstrators,” Bo Kyi said.

But people are speaking about what really happened:

The violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations in Tamwe Township and Sule Pagoda in Rangoon on September 27 was the most brutal of all, according to witnesses.

The crackdown took place near State High School No 3 a witness recalled to The Irrawaddy. “They [the security forces] rammed into the middle of the crowd in a truck. Two women were killed immediately. At least 30 people died in the incident.”

The witness added that the two women were mothers of students and they had just come to pick up their children from school.

“It was disgusting,” said the witness, adding that security forces used rubber bullets when they opened fire into the crowds, as well as teargas and batons.

Another witness said that the truck was full of troops and they opened fire at the protesters. One student who held the flag at the front of the rally was the first to be shot, he said.

A resident who was involved in the protest on September 27 said that soldiers blockaded the demonstrators from both ends of the street and then opened fire into the crowd. Protesters ran in different directions. Some climbed on the buildings and some jumped into doorways.injuried monk

Worried Right: injured monk in one of the protests.

And the people are flying Burma and arriving in the neighbour countries, speaking about more brutality by the Burmese military:

A group of four women, one carrying her baby daughter, stopped by in front of a restaurant near the ?Friendship Bridge? that links Myawadi in Myanmar and Mae Sot in Thailand on Saturday morning.

Myawadi is located around 400 kilometers east of Yangon while Mae Sot is Thailand?s westernmost city, some 400 kilometers northwest of Bangkok

Looking exhausted and frightened, one of the women said that they had come from Shan State, hundreds of kilometers north of Myawadi, and wanted to cross the bridge to go to Thailand

“Our village was burned down by soldiers, and the men were killed or taken away by them. We can’t go back,” the woman, who said her name was Naw Ester, said through an interpreter

But we heard that there is a place across the bridge that can give us free medication and shelter. My sister was wounded in her leg from a soldier’s bullets during the attack,” she saidmonk, pointing at another young woman who was wearing a bandage on her leg.

Ho-htike has posted several videos on the repression and several drawings about the boycott of Beijing Olympics to save Burma. Something which should be done only considering Chinese situation:

It’s a fantasy to expect the regime that produced the Tiananmen Massacre to stop its Burmese friends from killing protesters.

Countries should boycott the Beijing Olympics. They should do so not because of what has been unfolding in Rangoon or in Darfur, but for what has been happening in China itself. The Chinese Communist Party should never have been awarded the Olympics in the first place.

And the worst of all, which proves that the UN is totally unable to handle this type of crisis h/t Theo Spark:

Burma’s ruling junta is attempting to seize United Nations computers containing information on opposition activists in the latest stage of its brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations, The Times has learnt.

UN staff were thrown into panic over the weekend after Burmese police and diplomats entered its offices in Rangoon and demanded hard drives from its computers.

The discs contain information that could help the dictatorship to identify key members of the opposition movement, many of whom have gone underground. UN staff spent much of the weekend deleting information.

The stream of dramatic images of tens of thousands of monks parading through Rangoon inspired condemnation of the Government across the world. On Saturday, demonstrations denouncing the regime were held as far apart as Sydney, Singapore, London and Washington.

Others writing: Roger L. Simon.

(+) There is an attempt to send Gral Than Swe to International Criminal Court.

Como ya he mencionado en posts anteriores, el General Than Swe, el carnicero birmano -mi apodo, al que no le guste, Phbbbttt- dijo que quería reunirse con Aung San Suu Kyi, pero la única Premio Nobel que está en arresto domiciliario (se ha pasado en esta situación 11 de los últimos 18 años) ya le ha contestado que no. La oposición teme que es una maniobra para echarle la culpa a ella de que no haya diálogo.Mientras se van conociendo más datos de cómo se ha producido la represión.En Yangún hay 1.700 personas detenidas en el Centro Politénico, por lo que podemos hacernos una idea de dónde han ido al menos algunos de los 6.000 detenidos que, se considera, lo han sido durante la represión. Lo peor es que están siendo retenidos -además de torturados, con una probabilidad del 99,9 periódico %- sin cargos, sin recursos legales y sin poder comunicarse con el exterior.

También se sabe que la policía ha quemado un número indeterminado de cadáveres en el crematorio de Rangún, que está cerrado a cal y canto. Los testigos dicen haber visto cómo llegaban camiones militares cubiertos que se dirigían al crematorio cuyas chimeneas funcionaban continuamente. Otra causa más de por qué no hay cadáveres y por qué nunca habrá una cifra oficial de muertos en esta represión [Especialmente dedicado, Patroclo].

Pero la bajeza del régimen va a más. El régimen ha hecho redadas por los monasterios budistas y ha acusado a los monjes de tener alcohol, material pornográfico y sexual, ropa de mujer, literatura anti-gubernamental y variedad de armas. Y yo soy Muhammad Ali, no te digo. Imaginemos que esto fuera verdad: ¿el que unos monjes tuvieran alcohol y literatura pornográfica y anti-gubernamental justifica lo que hemos estado viendo? Para mí, que no.

Claro, que como dice U Gambira, el portavoz del Movimiento del Pueblo, “el mundo ya ha visto lo que ha pasado aquí”. O sea que las acusaciones son más falsas que un duro de cuatro pesetas.

Y siguen las detenciones: ayer 400, a pesar de que, según el gobierno del carnicero birmano, habían soltado a muchos. Incluso eso tiene truco: han soltado a los que sólo pasaban por allí, se quedaban mirando o aplaudían.

Según los testigos el día más brutal fue el pasado 27 de septiembre, cuando los soldados cercaron a los manifestantes al lado de la pagoda de Rangún y abrieron fuego sobre la multitud. Los primeros asesinados fueron dos mujeres y un estudiante que enarbolaba una bandera al principio de la manifestación. Cuando la gente vio que disparaban, intentó escapar como pudo, subiéndose por las fachadas o metióndose en los portales.

Los refugiados están empezando a llegar a los países de alrededor. A Tailandia están llegando la mayoría. Muchos cuentan la dura represión que está teniendo lugar en sitios apartados. Dos mujeres -una de ellas con un pie vendado- y con una niña en brazos, declararon que venían del Estado Shan y que su ciudad había sido completamente quemada por los soldados. Los hombres habían sido asesinados o hechos prisioneros. Añadieron: “por eso no podemos volver atrás. Pero hemos oído que pueden darnos medicinas y cobigo gratis. Mi hermana ha sido herida en un pie de un disparo de un soldado durante el ataque“.

Así, los blogueros birmanos siguen pidiendo con insistencia el boicot a los Juegos Olímpicos chinos, sin darse cuenta de que lso chinos están sufriendo en silencio lo que hemos visto estos días en Birmania. También en China hay represión de las pequeñas revueltas campesinas que se producen cada vez más a menudo.

Por último, la Junta birmana está intentando tener acceso a los ordenadores de la ONU, que contienen información sobre los activistas que han tomado parte en las manifestaciones. Los trabajadores de la ONU vivieron momentos de pánico cuando policías y militares birmanos entraron en sus dependencias y exigieron que se les entregaran los discos duros de los ordenadores. Los discos pueden ayudar a identificar a opositores que ahora están viviendo a escondidas. Los trabajadores de la ONU han borrado los discos duros para impedir que la información caiga en manos del Gobierno.

No tengo palabras.

Post relacionados: el Movimiento Stalin Vive, con su peculiar sentido del humor, nos trae las “noticias sobre Myanmar”, incluyendo un un poster de homenaje al Generalísimo Than Shwe (¿por qué todos estos tiranos serán tan refeos -como dirían en Sudamérica-? Rolling on the floor ).

(+) Actualizo el post para señalar que hay una proposición para llevar al General Than Shwe (el carnicero birmano) al Tribunal Penal Internacional. Yo la apoyo.

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Burma: More protests and more repression – Birmania: más protestas y más represión

A day of global protests against Myanmar’s junta began in cities across Asia Saturday, after the military regime admitted detaining hundreds of Buddhist monks when troops turned their guns on pro-democracy demonstrators last week.
Hoping to send a message to the generals that the world is still watching the situation, rights group Amnesty International organized marches in more than two dozen Asian, European and North American cities.Hundreds marched in the Australian city of Melbourne behind a banner demanding “No More Bloodshed.” A smaller crowd of about 50 turned out in Bangkok, Thailand.
In Malaysia’s biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Friday evening outside the city’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers.More rallies were planned in New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland, the U.S. and Canada.
The junta’s treatment of the Buddhist monks — who are revered in this deeply religious nation and led the street protests — is a key issue that could further inflame the people of Myanmar and anger soldiers loyal to the military rulers.
The government insisted most of the monks it detained had already been freed, with only 109 still in custody, according to an official statement broadcast Friday night on state TV. The report noted the junta was still hunting for four more monks it believed were ringleaders of the rallies.
Demonstrations that began in mid-August over a fuel price increase swelled into Myanmar’s largest anti-government protests in 19 years, inspired largely by the thousands of monks who poured into the streets.Television images last week showed soldiers shooting into crowds of unarmed protesters — but the government described the troops’ reaction as “systematically controlling” the protesters.

Protests pile pressure on Myanmar – CNN.com

As my Spanish friend Aquiles, I’m also appaled by the statements UN is supporting not to impose sanctions or other measures on Burmese Junta:

Both China and Burma oppose sanctions, arguing that the situation in Burma is an internal cuestion and that it is not a menace for peace and international security.

That was precisely the defense of the Burmese ambassador in UN, Kyaw Tint Swe.

From BBC:

Diplomats have circulated a draft statement at the UN denouncing the “violent repression” of pro-democracy protests.

I want the EU to impose further sanctions on the regime to make it absolutely clear we will not tolerate the abuses that have taken place

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown

The US, France and the UK called for immediate dialogue with opposition leaders, while the US suggested it would push for sanctions on Burma.

But China and Russia remain opposed to sanctions, saying the situation in Burma is an internal affair that does not threaten international peace and security.

On Saturday, Mr Brown said that he would push for European Union sanctions as he met Burmese exiles and campaigners at Downing Street as part of the global day of protests: “I want the EU to impose further sanctions on the regime to make it absolutely clear we will not tolerate the abuses that have taken place,” he told the delegation.


Demonstrations were scheduled to take place at noon local time in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the UK and the US.

Protest in Dublin

Capuchin and Carmelite monks join protests in Dublin, Ireland

There were no reported demonstrations in Burma’s largest city Rangoon, though, according to a Buddhist monk interviewed on the Burmese service of Radio Free Asia, people were praying in their homes.

Red headbands will be tied onto government buildings, religious shrines or key landmarks.

Myo Thein, of the Burma Campaign UK which is organising the London event, said the marches “are designed to show the people of Burma that we stand with them and the generals that we are watching their every move”.

By the way, the UN worker has been released – I’m sure this is not the result of the UN’s strength.

Ho-htike asks why we don’t boycott the Olympics… Yes, we should. Applause


Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association today condemned the continuing detention of a total of six journalists who have been arrested since the start of the pro-democracy demonstrations. They also condemned the crackdown that has followed the protests and said they feared that more journalists could be arrested.

Now that United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has failed to get the repression stopped, it is important that the international community should continue to call for the release of the hundreds or possibly thousands of people, including six journalists, who have arrested since mid-August,” the two organisations said.

We are appalled by the methods used by the police, who are arresting many people, especially young demonstrators, on the basis of photos taken by plain-clothes police who were in the demonstrations,” Reporters Without Borders and the BMA added.

Kate was at yesterday’s demonstration in Washington DC.

china bloody hand boycott chinese olympics arms dealers

I didn’t know there was a protest in Madrid. Frustrated Next week I will read the page for protests in Spain… Blushing

There has been more protests held in Burma today:

Myanmar’s military has arrested 78 more people in its continuing crackdown on anti-government protests.

The latest arrests on Sunday bring to at least 1,000 the number of people currently being detained by the government, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

But dissident groups and foreign governments claim more than 6,000 people, including 135 Buddhist monks, are being held after last month’s protests against 45 years of military rule, the highest number in nearly two decades.

The New Light of Myanmar quoted investigators as saying the authorities have also detained 533 monks for questioning “to differentiate between real monks and bogus monks.”

Raised EyebrowWaiting I agree completely: if the UN does not do more, it should be dissolved

Military’s Myanmar is the Nation’s Driving Force @ NYT (what an asshole this NYT to name the country as Myanmar… this is the name the Military Junta stated to make the people forget about their country…). Their motto:

?Crushing all enemies, on land, underground and at sea, all enemies, we will crush them totally, until they are uprooted, decimated.?

El mundo.es publishes today that:

[…] according to witnesses, they believe that a lot of corpses have been incinerated in Rangoon’s funeral parlous after been conveyed there by military trucks from the Insein’s maximum security prision, in the outskirts of the city.

More from LD:

The official number of detainees and the treatment they are receiving from them, haven’t been treated by Red Cross’ International Committee, as this organization is forbidden by the Military Junta both in prisons and in the arrest facilities which have been located in military and Government’s buildings.

De Emol:

Las potencias occidentales intentaban el sábado mantener la presián sobre la junta militar de Birmania, después de que el emisario de la ONU Ibrahim Gambari advirtiera de “consecuencias internacionales graves” tras la represión de protestas populares en ese país.
Estados Unidos, Gran Bretaña y Francia, los tres miembros permanentes occidentales del Consejo de Seguridad de Naciones Unidas, hicieron circular el viernes un proyecto de declaración que condena “la represión violenta” ejercida contra los manifestantes por la junta militar birmana.
Además, la administración estadounidense, a través de su embajador en la ONU, Zalmay Khalilzad, mencionó la posibilidad de nuevas sanciones.
“Estados Unidos está dispuesto a proponer al Consejo de Seguridad una resolución que imponga sanciones”, dijo Khalilzad al estimar indispensable que Gambari regrese a la región, “lo más rápidamente posible para continuar sus esfuerzos diplomáticos”.
“Ha llegado la hora de que el Consejo haga más que simplemente escuchar un informe”, insistió el embajador estadounidense.
“El Consejo de Seguridad condena la violenta represión del gobierno de Birmania contra manifestaciones pacíficas, incluyendo el uso de la fuerza contra figuras e instituciones religiosas”, dice el borrador del texto que debe ser discutido el lunes por un panel de expertos en el Consejo de Seguridad.
El proyecto de declaración pide “la liberación inmediata de las personas detenidas y (…) que las que resultaron heridas tengan acceso a cuidados médicos”.

Olé por Gordon Brown: Applause (qué diferencia con nuestro bienamado líder…)

El primer ministro británico, Gordon Brown, prometió hoy en Londres “mantener la presión para lograr el cambio” en Birmania (Myanmar), en coincidencia con el día de acción internacional, en el que miles de personas en varias ciudades del mundo se manifiestan contra la situación de represión de ese estado.
El jefe del Ejecutivo señaló hoy que las protestas contra el régimen de Myanmar “quieren repetir un mensaje firme: el mundo no ha olvidado y no olvidará a la gente de Myanmar“.
Brown mostró su compromiso para asegurar que la Unión Europea impone sanciones más duras contra las autoridades de Rangún y reiteró su apoyo a los esfuerzos que realizan las Naciones Unidas para resolver la situación de crisis.

Alicia… digo… Ghambari en el país de las Maravillas:

A partir de mi propia conversación, ella parece estar muy ansiosa por tener un diálogo adecuado” siempre y cuando no hayan condiciones previas, sostuvo Gambari.
El general Than Shwe, quien indignó al mundo al enviar soldados para reprimir manifestaciones pacíficas lideradas por monjes, ha ofrecido negociaciones directas si Suu Kyi abandona la “confrontación” y su apoyo a las sanciones y a la “total devastación“.
Analistas especializados en Myanmar advirtieron a los optimistas que las esperanzas de cambio han sido frecuentemente frustradas en el pasado durante los 45 a?os de ininterrumpido gobierno militar, marcados por la matanza por parte del Ej?rcito de 3.000 personas en un levantamiento de 1988.

Disolución de la ONU ?ya!

No quepo en mí en una mezcla de asombro e indignación: “A pesar de los trágicos eventos recientes, la situación en Birmania no es, repito: no es, una amenaza para la paz y la seguridad ni regional ni internacional. No se justifica una acción del Consejo de Seguridad”. Este es el argumento con el que tanto China como Rusia pretenden impedir que el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU imponga nuevas sanciones al régimen sanguinario de la junta militar socialista birmana, sanciones que impulsa EEUU.

Hoy ha habido aún más manifestaciones en Birmania y más detenciones: 78, para ser exactos. El periódico “La Nueva Luz de Myanmar” ha señalado que las autoridades han detenido, además, a 533 monjes para distinguir “entre los verdaderos y los falsos”. Se considera que hay encarceladas más de 6000 personas, de los que 155 son monjes budistas (no me salen las cuentas Confused), el más importante número desde que hace 45 años comenzó la dictadura militar (o sea, que vamos a peor… At wits end ).

Del anterior link del mundo.es:

Entretanto, camiones del Ejército seguían el domingo aparcados en torno a las pagodas de Shwedagon y de Sule, aunque la presencia de soldados era menor en las calles de Rangún, y habían sido levantadas las barricadas de espinos, según dijeron testigos a radio Mizzima.

La disidencia birmana estima que la cifra de víctimas mortales se aproxima a los dos centenares, y según relatos de testigos, creen que muchos cadáveres han sido incinerados en el tanatorio municipal de Rangún después de sacarlos en camiones militares de la prisión de máxima seguridad de Insein, situada a las afueras de la ciudad.

O sea, después de haber sido asesinados mientras estaban torturándolos. Y la ONU, tocándose toooooooodo lo tocable…. Uaghhhhhhhh!!

Más de LD:

La cifra oficial de detenidos y el trato que reciben no han sido asuntos examinados por el Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja, organismo al que la Junta Militar prohíbe el acceso a las prisiones y centros de detención montados en recintos militares y edificios gubernamentales.

Kate (Wave ???qué pasa, peladaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!) fue a la manifestación en Washigton contra la dictadura birmana. A ver si me acuerdo yo de mirar si hay protestas aquí y voy la semana que viene, que esta no lo miré y no fui. Doh

Posts relacionados (en orden inverso):

  1. Burma: the repression continues – Birmania: la represión continúa.
  2. Burmese junta tightens screw on dissenters – La Junta birmana aprieta el cinturón (aún más) a los disidentes.
  3. Free Burma! – ¡Viva Birmania Libre!
  4. Detained monks could be sent to labour camps – los monjes detenidos, a campos de trabajo (incluso los que tienen desde 5 a 10 añitos… Worried).
  5. UN condemns Burmese violence – la ONU condena la violencia en Burma. Y los de la Junta: Rolling on the floor
  6. Burma defends crackdown – Birmania defiende la represión. Sick
  7. Burmese buddhist monks continue the revolt as mass slaughter happens – los monjes budistas continuan la revuelta mientras suceden asesinatos masivos. :cry:
  8. Reactions to Burma: Japan, India – Reacciones a la represión en Birmania: Japón, India.
  9. Zapatero and Putin speak about Burma – Zapatero y Putin hablan sobre Birmania. Waiting
  10. Troops take control of Burma – el ejército toma el control en Birmania.
  11. Military Junta cuts Internet access in Burma – la Junta Militar corta el acceso a Internet en Birmania.
  12. Nine killed in Burma today – asesinadas 9 personas en Birmania.
  13. Burmese soldiers fire weapons into crowd, China continues blocking democracy – Soldados birmanos disparan a la multitud, China continúa bloqueando la democracia.
  14. Military Junta threatens to kill anyone who does not obey curfew – La Junta militar amenaza con matar a todos los que no obedezcan el toque de queda.
  15. Five Monks killed in Burma – cinco monjes asesinados en Birmania.
  16. Toque de queda en Rangún – Curfews in Burma.
  17. Burma anti-Junta protests biggest in 20 years – Protestas en Birmania son las más importantes en 20 años.

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Burma: The repression continues – Birmania: La represión continúa

Myanmar junta summons US envoy for talks
International Herald Tribune - 42 minutes ago
AP YANGON, Myanmar: The top US diplomat in Myanmar was summoned for rare talks Friday with the hard-line government a day after the junta leader announced a conditional offer to meet with the detained democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Villarosa has been a vocal critic of the junta’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. She received word Thursday that she had been asked to meet with the military-led government, the State Department said in Washington. During her visit, she was expected to repeat the U.S. view that the regime must meet with democratic opposition groups and “stop the iron crackdown” on peaceful demonstrators, a State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, told reporters in Washington.

US envoy to meet Burma’s leaders Guardian Unlimited
General ‘willing to meet Suu Kyi’ Aljazeera.net
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US has already asked for sanctions, includind the weapon embargo.

As I wrote yesterday, the Junta has offered Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi, “The Lady”, an offer of meeting, on condition that she renounces to her “obstructive practices” and abandon her support to sanctions imposed by the international community against Burma. Of course, the opposition has already said that the offer is “unreal“:

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party dismissed a Myanmar junta offer of talks as unreal on Friday, while China said the ruthless suppression of pro-democracy protests did not require international action.
“They are asking her to confess to offences that she has not committed,” said Nyan Win, spokesman for the Nobel peace laureate’s National League for Democracy (NLD), whose landslide election victory in 1990 was ignored by the generals.

Oh, but Ban Ki-Moon (in his own moon, yeah) says that a dialogue is necessary between the two parts. Hmm, yeah, the peaceful opposition against the murderers of the Junta.
The Junta is searching for the leaders of the protests, who are, acording to them, four monks. It’s difficult to find them because a lot of them have fled and some others have been sent home as I wrote yesterday. The Junta has also assured that there are 109 monks detained, but has not mentioned if they have been charged with anything at all…

In his report Gambari has said that the HR abuses have not ceased and has underlined that the “international community is worried about the HR abuses, specially by night”. He has also pointed out that the number of killed has been much more elevated than the doxen deaths that the Government has announced.

Spanish Government has released an official statement about the Burmese crisis:

Spanish Government states its deep worries about the situation in Burma, that is following closely, and wants to add itself to the petitions made by the Burmese authorities to show the “greatest contention”, because the violent crackdown of the protests of these last days, could hace very grave consequences”

Well, it is better that the “it’s too early to draw conclusions”, after the crackdown begun. But it’s much too soft: “deep worried” and “petition to show the greatest contention”, when we are seeing what’s happening is at least very soft.
Anyway, knowing the pacifism of Spanish Zapatero’s Government, what are the “very grave consequences”?… :twisted:

A Burmese general has deserted because the Junta wanted him to kill Bhuddist monks. Afterposten has reported that the general and his son want to get to Norway where he will tell all the abuses the Junta has done. He has already been condemned to the death penalty, so if you know and want to pray, this is a good reason to do it.

Ho-htike posts about the differences between normal people and the Junta leaders. Videos included. Very interesting considering they are “socialists”…

In other related news, the French oil giant Total is not going to step out of Burma but it either does not plan doing any other investments in the region. Sarkozy called last week to freeze all the accounts of the oil company till it ceases to operate in Burma.

Who’s left to challenge the Junta @ A blog for all. :cry:

Lastly, there are asssssssshhhhhhhhholllllllles in all places:

WARNING: Please be aware, that according to Sophos (a leading anti-virus company) an email purporting to be from the Dalai Lama, supporting the pro-democracy efforts in Burma, is actually a malicious Trojan virus. Do not open, for any reason!!

La Junta birmana ha exigido a la embajadora de EEUU en el país que vaya de inmediato a hablar con ellos. Villarosa ha sido una de las que más a protestado la represión contra los opositores,
Mientras la represión continúa. Ahora están buscando a los líderes de las protestas: La Junta Militar anunció hoy que las fuerzas de seguridad han puesto en marcha una operación para capturar a cuatro monjes budistas, considerados los líderes de las manifestaciones pacíficas que alentaron la movilización popular.En un parte oficial emitido por la televisión estatal, el régimen que preside el general Than Shwe, señaló que los cuatro monjes cuyas identidades no facilitó, desempeñaron un “papel destacado en las protestas”, reseñó Efe.

A raíz de la ola de detenciones emprendida por las fuerzas de seguridad, y según residentes en Rangún, numerosos monjes y civiles decidieron esconderse o huir de la ciudad con destino a las regiones del este de Birmania controladas por las minorías étnicas.

También por medio del parte, la Junta Militar aseguró que mantiene detenidos a 109 monjes, pero no precisó si están formalmente acusados.

En cuanto al informe de Ghambari, el enviado en la ONU, confirma lo que ya nos temíamos todos:

El enviado especial de Naciones Unidas a Birmania, Ibrahim Gambari, ha comparecido ante el Consejo de Seguridad del organismo y ha asegurado que no han cesado las denuncias de abusos por parte de las fuerzas de seguridad del país. Por ello, ha advertido a la Junta Militar en el poder que la represión contra las manifestaciones pacíficas tiene repercusiones internacionales.

“Las Naciones Unidas y la comunidad internacional siguen con gran preocupación los constantes y preocupantes informes sobre abusos cometidos por las fuerzas de seguridad y otras no uniformadas, especialmente en la noche mientras dura el toque de queda, que incluyen redadas en hogares privados, arrestos arbitrarios y desapariciones“, ha asegurado Gambari.

Gambari también hay informes no confirmados sobre el número de muertos, que ha sido “mucho mayor que la docena de muertos anunciados por el Gobierno”. Además, ha pedido al Gobierno birmano que libere a los prisioneros políticos si quiere iniciar un diálogo con la oposición encabezada por la Nobel de la Paz Aung San Suu Kyi. Según el Gobierno birmano, se ha liberado a 2.095 personas detenidas y asegura que se excarcelará a más “como resultado de mi petición a las autoridades”. El enviado especial pasó cuatro días en el país para elaborar su informe sobre las protestas.

Pero Ban Ki-Moon sólo encuentra “repugnantes” estos hechos. Yo hubiera usado algo más fuerte para describirlos…

En cuanto a la oferta de la Junta para reunirse con Aung San Suu Kyi, la oposición las ha calificado como de “irreales”, al señalar que le están intentando obligar a que se acuse de unas ofensas que no ha cometido -porque realmente no son ofensas-. Las condiciones puestas por la Junta eran que renuncie a sus “prácticas obstruccionistas” y que abandone el apoyo que da a las sanciones que la comunidad internacional impone contra Birmania. Ban Ki Moon también se luce aquí, porque dice que un diálogo serio es indispensable. Hmm, claro, dialogar con estos asesinos es indispensable. uaghhhhhhh!!

El embajador de Estados Unidos ante la ONU, Zalmay Khalilzad, aseguró este viernes, en una intervención ante el Consejo de Seguridad, que Washington está dispuesto a volver a poner sobre la mesa las sanciones, que incluirían un embargo a la venta de armas a Birmania. “Lo que ha sucedido es inaceptable, y lo debe ser para los vecinos de la región y para los que estamos en esta sala”, afirmó el diplomático.

El Gobierno español ha emitido un comunicado en el que valora la situación en Birmania:

El Gobierno de España manifiesta su viva preocupación por la actual situación en Birmania, que está siguiendo muy de cerca” y se suma a las peticiones realizadas a las autoridades birmanas para que den muestras de la “máxima contención, ya que la represión violenta de las protestas que se están desarrollando en los últimos días podría tener muy graves consecuencias.

Lo he encontrado en este post de Schwan, muy interesante para conocer más aspectos de la represión. Especialmente esta es muy importante:

Me he enterado de que un coronel se ha negado a asesinar a monjes budistas. Si el coronel Hla Win y su hijo logran llegar a Noruega para pedir asilo, está dispuesto a contar lo que sabe de las atrocidades cometidas por la junta militar birmana según el diario Aftenposten, cuyo enlace he incluído más arriba. Pues bien, este militar birmano que desertó ha sido amenazado con pena de muerte; seguramente por la posible difusión de la verdadera opresión que se está llevando a cabo.

Ojalá llegue y pueda hablar sobre lo que allí pasa… Así que quien sepa y quiera rezar, esta es una buena ocasión.

Para que veais la diferencia entre cómo viven los de la Junta y cómo vive la gente, aquí teneis dos videos. [Por cierto, menuda horterada de boda… es también otro abuso a los derechos humanos la horterada de coche que tienen los novios…. :mrgreen: ]

Noticias relacionadas:

Total no tiene previsto salir de Myanmar, pero tampoco considera realizar nuevas inversiones en el país asiático, dijo el presidente ejecutivo de la petrolera francesa en una entrevista publicada hoy por el diario Le Monde. La compañía salto a la palestra la semana pasada cuando el presidente francés, Nicolas Sarkozy, llamó a congelar las inversiones de compañías de su país en Myanmar, donde manifestantes fueron asesinados durante una protesta pacífica de monjes budistas en contra del Gobierno militar, informó Reuters.

Me extrañaba que Sarkozy no hubiera dicho nada, así que mis críticas de ayer no sirven.

Por último, la empresa de software Sophos ha denunciado la explotación de lo que está pasando en Birmania por unos desalmados que mandan mails con un Troyano dentro. Este es el texto del mensaje:

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Please find enclosed a massage from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in support of the recent pro-democracy demonstrations taking place in Burma. This is for your information and can be distributed as you see fit.

Best wishes.

Tenzin Taklha Joint
Secretary Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Burmese junta tightens screw on dissenters – La Junta birmana aprieta el cinturón (aún más) sobre la oposición

(en español al final)
Top News | Reuters.com

Despite gradually easing its iron grip on Myanmar’s main city on Thursday, the junta continued to round up scores of people and grill hundreds more arrested during and after a ruthless crackdown on pro-democracy marches.Although most are too terrified to talk, the monks and civilians slowly being freed from a makeshift interrogation centre in north Yangon are giving a glimpse of the mechanics of the generals’ dreaded internal security apparatus.

A relative of three women released said detainees were being divided into four categories: passers-by, those who watched, those who clapped and those who joined in.

They’re looking for the people who led the demonstrations. The people clapping will only get a minimal punishment — maybe two to five years,” said Win Min, who fled to Thailand during a crackdown on a student-led uprising in 1988.

Leaders could be looking at up to 20 years behind bars, he said.

The reports of verbal and physical abuse suggest junta chief Than Shwe is paying scant regard to the calls for restraint delivered by U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, now flying back to New York to brief his boss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“That is one of the top concerns of the international community,” said Ban, due to attend a meeting of the 15-member Security Council on Friday to discuss the crackdown in a country now under military rule for an unbroken 45 years.

More about the crackdown:

After crushing the democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar’s junta stepped up its campaign to intimidate citizens Wednesday, sending troops to drag people from their homes in the middle of the night and letting others know they were marked for retribution.

“We have photographs! We are going to make arrests!” soldiers yelled from loudspeakers on military vehicles that patrolled the streets in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city

People living near the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most revered shrine and a flash point of unrest during the protests, reported that security forces swept through several dozen homes about 3 a.m., taking away many men and even some women for questioning.

A U.N. Development Program employee, Myint Nwe Moe, and her husband, brother-in-law and driver were among those detained, the U.N. agency said.

Dozens of Buddhist monks jammed Yangon’s main train station after being ordered to vacate their monasteries — centers of the anti-government demonstrations — and told to go back to their hometowns and villages.

It was not clear who ordered them out. Older abbots in charge of monasteries are seen as tied to the ruling military junta, while younger monks are more sympathetic to the democracy movement.

And UN, as ever, has done nothing, but lamenting about the bad results of the visit:

The UN special envoy’s visit to Myanmar cannot be called a success, the UN secretary-general has said.However, Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that Ibrahim Gambari delivered “the strongest possible message” to the country’s military rulers over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

“You cannot call it a success,” he said, while stopping short of calling Gambari’s visit a failure.

Ban said he was “relatively relieved that he [Gambari] was first of all able to meet with leaders of the Myanmar government as well as Madame Aung San Suu Kyi”.

You see this photo, tx to Enzo:


and you get the picture about the strong message the UN delivered to the Military Junta…. Yes, I see them totally frightened about the consequences of this visit. My goodness! Just shut down UN! This is no more than a hypocrisy that’s costing the world millions without any results when it’s needed!!! How on earth you can let yourself be photographed with such HR systematic violators???

The UN’s pressure is so great that they have imprisoned a woman who works in Burma for UN headquarters and all her family!!!

The United Nations on Wednesday sought the release of a woman UNDP employee and her family members, who were arrested by Burmese security forces in Rangoon on October 3.

“I am going to do whatever I can to, first of all, address this issue, the overall human rights situation in Myanmar. That is again one of the top concerns of the international community,” the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters when asked about the arrest.

And what is that? To kneel in front of them asking for their release?? This is getting worse each hour that elapses….

From the same Enzo’s post: Bernard Henry-Lévy writes:

Sanctions do not work if a part of the world is applying them, and another one doesn’t, whether it’s because they profiting from the situation or whether they want to get the place someone left (i.e. Cuba when the great Soviet brother died); they function when the international community (for example, with South Africa) agrees and confronts the tyrants, showing unity in the resistance and the reject. Burma is on the first case.

I wrote -as many other bloggers- some days ago about the shutting of Internet in Burma. Well, NYT has just today written about it. Talking about good, accurate and “it’s happening, we’re informing you” journalism… :mrgreen:

From Irrawady.org:

The territory is held for now by the military forces who won the first engagement by killing their own people and the monks who called for freedom from four decades of oppression. The temporary victors, the “Tatmadaw” (or armed forces) continue to arrest, beat, torture and kill innocent people.

They regard monks and ordinary people as their enemies, [hmm, yeah, that’s a people’s Government, isn’t it?]” said a Rangoon woman. “They have searched monasteries and houses and arrested those whom they suspect. What are they going to achieve by killing innocent people?” [What about making them feel terrified, crushing not only the bodies but the minds, making them feel the Hell is really on earth, so it’s better for them not to move any more??].

The woman was ordered to leave the Kyaikkasan Pagoda on September 27 as she prayed for the demonstrators and monks facing violent reaction by troops and security forces. The military are hunting one of her young brothers who was involved in the demonstrations.

CNN news coverage shows smiling soldiers beating and kicking the peaceful demonstrators and forcing them into trucks. [Read the entire post by Gateway Pundit… it’s shameful and disgusting to see the Military beating people and laughing at them.. And then see the UN Envoy pose with the Burmese Junta for a photo. This is maddening!!! Here is the video also].

According to the 88 Generation Students group and the National League for Democracy, at least 130 deaths occurred nationwide and about 3,000 monks and their supporters have been arrested since the peaceful demonstrations started in August 19.

Dissident groups, however, put the figures higher, saying at least 200 people have died and about 6,000 people have been arrested.

Monks in monasteries across the country are continuing to refuse alms from members of the military regime and their families, and the authorities have banned the public from providing them with food. Monks in some monasteries in Mandalay are drying their remaining rice in the sun.

So, the ones who are not arrested are going to die out of hunger. Hmm, what a perspective!!! :evil:


Some Burmese Baptist Christians have begun a fast to “pray for a change in the mind of the Burmese leaders”. There are people who are very optimistic. But I bet that we also have to do that. Real faith moves mountains. The problem is: are human brains hardest than mountains to be moved??? :evil:

And then we come to the day’s revelation. China’s position on the UN Envoy mission is that it was “positive”. What????????????

It is a beneficial step that Mr Gambari deeply exchanged ideas‘ with Myanmar’s [Burma’s] leaders on the situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement posted Thursday on the ministry’s Web site. “We give a positive evaluation of the efforts made jointly by Myanmar’s leaders and Mr Gambari.”

Liu said Beijing, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council and a close ally of Burma, has “made its own efforts to support the UN secretary-general and his Myanmar special envoy’s negotiations” but did not elaborate.

We are grateful for the achievements made by Mr Gambari in this trip,” Liu said.

China, Burma’s biggest trading partner, has been in a bind since the conflict began unfolding. The communist government has developed close diplomatic ties with junta leaders and is hungry for the country’s bountiful oil and gas resources.

But with the Beijing Olympics only months away, China is eager to fend off criticism that it shelters unpopular or abusive regimes around the world.


Because hey, you know, “no-more-blood-for-oil” various moonbats around this disgraced world, the priority of China is resources not people. Oops, how can that be?? China is a communist country, where peace, HR and freedom are widely respected. Uagggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh!!!

And then we say that we are different from animals because we are rational.. that is we have reason. Well, we have a tool and we don’t use is worse than not having it all. At least in the last case, we have a good reason not to use it… :twisted:

Related news: this link is from Sept 17th, 2007:

Myanmar, Asia’s largest source of methamphetamine pills, was “very lackluster” in interdiction and fighting corruption, said McCampbell, deputy assistant secretary for counternarcotics. “The country’s declining poppy cultivation has been matched by a sharp increase in methamphetamine production,” she told a news conference.

Conclusion: Narco-state, with support from China, violating once and again HR and against which UN can’t do nothing.

Last hour: Gral Thang Swe wants to have a meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi:

Than Shwe had fixed some conditions to (that meeting): the opposed politician should renounce to her “obstructive practices” and abandon her support to sanctions imposed by the international community against Burma. […] Aung San supports the sanctions even if the experts say that they are menacing the population more than the Military Junta.

Now, we see what is an improvement for China… :mad: :evil: And I understand the expression of Mrs Aung: :cry:


Le Monde.fr adds that the Police has the order to shot anyone handling a camera, whether it’s of video or of photos.

And now another episode of “Politics is politics, economy is economy”:

U.S. and European government sanctions against the military government, coupled with boycotts and other direct pressure on corporations by western supporters of the Burmese democracy movement, have resulted in the withdrawal from Burma of most U.S. and many European companies. However, several Western companies remain due to loopholes in the sanctions. Asian corporations have generally remained willing to continue investing in Burma and to initiate new investments, particularly in natural resource extraction. Burma has close relations with neighboring India and China with several Indian and Chinese companies operating in the country. The French oil company Total S.A. is able to operate the Yadana natural gas pipeline from Burma to Thailand despite the European Union’s sanctions on Burma. Total is currently the subject of a lawsuit in French and Belgian courts for the condoning and use of Burman civilian slavery to construct the named pipeline. Experts say that the human rights abuses along the gas pipeline are the direct responsibility of Total S.A. and its American partner Chevron with aid and implementation by the Tatmadaw. Prior to its acquisition by Chevron, Unocal settled a similar human rights lawsuit for a reported multi-million dollar amount.[59] There remains active debate as to the extent to which the American-led sanctions have had adverse effects on the civilian population or on the military rulers.[60][61]

Hey, Sarko, Bush has already imposed sanctions on Burmese leaders and has spoken very fiercely against the Junta, in the early stages of the movement. But you have said nothing about it. Could it be related to the Total business?

Related posts: Aung San Suu Kyi, the World’s Only Detained Nobel Prize laureate.


La Junta Militar está empezando a soltar a algunos de los detenidos durante los días pasados, que se encuentran demasiado asustados para hablar. A pesar de ello, algunos lo han hecho para afirmar que están intentando dar con los líderes de la revuelta.

Según estos testigos, han dividido a los detenidos en cuatro grupos: los que pasaban por allí, los que miraron, los que aplaudieron y los que se sumaron a las protestas. Los que aplaudieron pueden esperar una condena de unos 2-5 años; los líderes de la revuelta, 20 años de cárcel.

Así las cosas, los soldados intentan asustar aún más a los ciudadanos y se pasean en sus camiones de día por Rangún diciendo por altavoces “Tenemos fotografías. Vamos a arrestar gente”. Pero sobre todo están usando la noche para irrumpir en las casas y arrestar a la gente.

A muchos monjes los están echando de los monasterios para que vuelvan a sus lugares de origen, y de este modo los dividen y evitan otra protesta o inclusive la pervivencia del movimiento a medio plazo.

en algunos de estos centros religiosos, como el de Magwe, en la población de Pakokku, los mismos monjes hacen turnos nocturnos de vigilancia por temor a que los militares entren por sorpresa.

En otros, como en Moegok, en la división de Mandalay, son los propios habitantes los que se presentan voluntarios para hacer las guardias por las noches. Un residente ha dicho a la emisora de radio la Voz Democrática de Birmania que “jóvenes en muchos barrios vigilan los monasterios para impedir que las autoridades detengan a los monjes. Hay como unos cincuenta jóvenes en cada monasterio por la noche“.

Pero la mayoría de las detenciones se producen por la noche, cuando van por las casas y por los monasterios, buscando a los líderes de la revuelta. Luego por el día se dedican a pegarles y a humillarles por la calle. Como prueba, hay un vídeo de la CNN que muestra cómo les están pegando y muriéndose de risa en su cara. En plan, “qué pasa pringado, ¿querías libertad? pues hale tengo libertad de pegarte lo que me sale de …. porque nos habeis desafiado y estais más solos que la una, jajajajaja“. Huy, no, pero es muy pronto para imponer sanciones, ¿verdad?

Por cierto, que para que veais que los medios de comunicación no siguen eso de “está pasando, nosotros te lo contamos“, el New York Times saca hoy como noticia súper actualzada, que han cortado internet, cuando esa noticia lleva siendo contada por los blogs desde el 28 de septiembre. Periodismo de altura, sí señor. :P

La ONU mientras, tocándose todo lo tocable y diciendo cuánnnnnnnnnnto lamenta lo mal que fueron las conversaciones. Ban Ki-Moon, el surcoreano rey del appeasement contra el dictador del tupé repeinado y que actualmente es el Secretario General del tinglado, ha dicho que está contento sin embargo, por el fuerte mensaje que Ghambari, el negociador de la ONU dio a la Junta Militar. Hmm, sí por la foto:


se ve la fortaleza, el gran ímpetu que ha puesto la ONU… en retratarse con los carniceros birmanos.

Esta foto sólo tiene un nombre: hipocresía y de la de verdad. ¿Cómo se puede fotografiar alguien con estos tipos? (Por cierto, de la misma manera que Moratinos con Raúl Castro Uaghhhhh!!!).

La ONU tiene que echar el cierre si lo único que consigue al “dar une fuerte mensaje” es una foto con los tiranos asesinos Y que la encarcelen a una de sus trabajadoras en Rangún ¡¡¡con toda su familia!!! Eso sí, Ban Ki-Moon ha dicho que va a hacer todo lo posible por liberarla. Hija, espera sentada… :mad:

“Consideran a los monjes y a la gente ordinaria como sus enemigos” [lo que corresponde a un Gobierno del pueblo, ejem :evil: ], dice una mujer. “Están entrando en los conventos y en las casas y arrestando a todo el mundo. ¿Qué van a conseguir arrestando a gente inocente?”

Se lo digo yo: quieren hacerles ver que su vida, incluso su mente y su alma están en su posesión. Que jamás van a poder desembarazarse de ellos y que si lo intentan, sólo van a vivir un infierno a su alrededor. De ese modo, no sólo consiguen dominarles ahora si no también hacia el futuro. Y otros 20 años sin democracia, ni libertad y viviendo bajo asesinos crueles y sin escrúpulos.

Pero con padrinos, que es lo que vale.

Ya se sabe: “quién tiene padrinos se bautiza“. Y a pesar de las horribles imágenes (horribles, horribles, horribles, así que quedais advertidos) que nos siguen llegando desde allí, China se encuentra muy satisfecha de las conversaciones, porque en ellas los líderes de Birmania y la ONU cambiaron impresiones. “Estamos agradecidos por lo que ha conseguido Ghambari en Birmania“. Hmm, ¿qué ha conseguido? ¿el final de la represión? No. ¿que suelten a los detenidos? No. ¿hacerse una foto con los carniceros? Sí. Ya veo…

Pero claro es que China está, como ha dicho un experto en la región, interesada en “en los recursos, no en las personas. No, no, esos “expertos” son unos imperialistas, de extrema-derecha, losantianos, de César Vidal, de Bush, Aznar, y del trío de las Azores y del demonio del Averno, porque los que realmente tienen la culpa de queunaungsansuukyi.jpg ahora haya una dictadura, fueron los colonizadores que se fueron de allí hace casi 50 años. Porque lo digo yo que sé mucho más que todo el resto del Universo. [Y no me lo invento que me lo dijeron el otro día, pero se dice el pecado, nunca el pecador…].

Le Monde.fr ha anunciado que el General Thang Swe ha puesto dos condiciones a Aung San Suu Kyi, el símbolo de la resistencia birmana, para reunirse con ella: que renuncie a sus “prácticas obstruccionistas” y que abandone el apoyo que da a las sanciones que la comunidad internacional impone contra Birmania. Si yo fuera ella, escupía en el comunicado. Pero ¿quién es el criminal asesino este para venir con imposiciones? No me extraña nada la cara que tenía la pobre después de reunirse con Ghambari, que fue quién se lo transmitió. Yo hubiera sido bastante menos educada. Le hubiera puesto de patitas en la calle de inmediato en cuanto hubiera oído este tipo de proposiciones… Prftttttt!!!

En todo caso, sorprende el silencio de Sarkozy sobre la cuestión. ¿O no? Porque la empresa francesa Total es la que gestiona el gasoducto Birmania-Tailandia de Yadana, a pesar de todas las sanciones de la UE contra quienes osen comerciar con la Junta. La otra empresa occidental con intereses en Birmania es Chevron, pero a Bush, al contrario que a Sarko, no le impresionó mucho el dato, y habló en contra de la Junta, imponiendo a 14 de sus más altos dignatarios sanciones diversas… Incluso los birmanos clamaban porque fuera a salvarles.

Por cierto, que según el último estudio de tráfico de drogas hecho por USA, Birmania, aunque ha dejado el primer puesto en producción de opio a Afganistán (lo que ya he comentado aquí), ha aumentado exponencialmente la producción de pastillas de metanfetamina.

La metanfetamina es conocida por su reputación de estimulante adictivo. Como la anfetamina, esta droga incrementa la actividad, reduce el apetito y produce una sensación general de bienestar. Excita receptores neuronales vinculados a las señales de recompensa y gratificación: produce euforia, alivia la fatiga y mejora el rendimiento en tareas simples.

os efectos de la metanfetamina pueden durar hasta 6 u 8 horas. Los adictos a esta sustancia, pueden permanecer despiertos por varios días. Esto genera un creciente agotamiento físico, psicológico y cognitivo. Sin embargo, la droga bloquea las señales somáticas (como fatiga, sueño, hambre) que advierten sobre el deterioro funcional progresivo. En estos casos, una vez que la droga abandona el organismo, estos sujetos pueden experimentar estados de gran agitación psicomotriz, a veces asociados con comportamientos violentos y delirios persecutorios, llegando a cuadros de disociación psíquica apenas diferenciables de los que caracterizan a una esquizofrenia de tipo paranoide. Estas manifestaciones psiquiátricas de toxicidad se producen por sobredosificación o en casos de abuso crónico de altas dosis (especialmente por vía parenteral), y se denominan psicosis anfetamínica en la práctica clínica.

O sea, quien se lo toma, no sólo está dañandose la salud -lo que es una decisión personal-, si no que además está financiando a estos carniceros. El pueblo birmano se lo agradecerá tiernamente.

Como me dijo un lector, es un narco-estado. Que no respeta ningún Derecho Humano, que oprime a su pueblo, pero con padrinos…

Detained monks could be sent to hard labour camps

Burmanet » Democratic Voice of Burma: Detained monks could be sent to hard labour camps

Monks currently detained at the government technical college compound in Insein township may be sent to a hard labour prison camp, according to a source at the college compound.Around 1,900 people, including monks, nuns, students and civilians, have been detained in the college compound as part of the government crackdown on recent mass demonstrations.

Among those detained are young monks aged between 16 and 18, and novices as young as 5 to 10 years old. Nuns are also being held at the compound, along with 140 other women. All monks and nuns have been disrobed and made to wear civilian clothes.

According to a Swan Arr Shin member placed inside the compound, authorities are planning to send the detained monks to a hard labour prison camp in Sagaing township.

The compound is being guarded by troops from battalion 77, who took part in the crackdowns. Swan Arr Shin members are also being paid 3,000 Kyat a day (about USD 2) to keep a close watch on the detainees inside the compound.

Another 10 MPs from the National League for Democracy and 137 members of the same party, the main opposition party in Birmania have also been detained:

U Myint Lwin, a member of the NLD party in Mandalay division’s Myinchan township, was arrested by police officers who promised he would be released after questioning, said U Myint Lwin’s wife Daw Kyin Thaung.

“But he didn’t come back home until the next morning and so we went down to the police station with some food and medicines for him. But they said he wasn’t there anymore and that he had been transferred to Mandalay,” said Daw Kyin Thaung.

Another two NLD party members in Myinchan, U Paw Thein and U Bo Se, were also arrested on the same night as U Myint Lwin. Their family members have also said that their health is suffering already.

Now we see what yesterday’s UN condemnation serves for



BANGKOK.- Al menos diez parlamentarios de la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (LND) y 137 miembros de ese partido, la principal formación opositora de Birmania, han sido detenidos en relación con las protestas contra la gobernante Junta Militar, según informa la radio ‘La Voz Democrática de Birmania’.

La emisora de la disidencia, con base en Oslo (Suecia), señaló que el último de los arrestados es U Saw Lwin, elegido en las legislativas de 1990, ganadas por la LND y cuyos resultados nunca fueron reconocidos por el régimen militar.

U Nyan Win, portavoz de la LND, declaró a ese medio que el parlamentario fue arrestado la noche del 26 de septiembre bajo la promesa de ser liberado tras el interrogatorio, hecho que luego no se produjo. El portavoz también denunció el arresto ese día de U Paw Thein, U Bo Se y U Maung Than, todos integrantes de la LND.

‘La Voz Democrática de Birmania’ también informa de que unas 1.900 personas, entre bonzos, monjas budistas, estudiantes y civiles, permanecen detenidas en el colegio técnico de Insein, al norte de Rangún, habilitado para dar cabida a los prisioneros a los que las autoridades implican en las multitudinarias manifestaciones.

Según la fuente, entre los prisioneros hay monjes de entre 16 y 18 años y novicios de cinco y diez años, que, al igual que las monjas budistas, han sido obligados a llevar ropas civiles.

Añade que los detenidos, que son vigilados por tropas del Batallón 77, una de las divisiones militares encargadas de reprimir las protestas, podrían ser enviados a cumplir trabajos forzados en el campo de prisioneros de Sagaing

La condena de la ONU, mientras no se haga algo más, no servirá de nada frente a los abusos a que van a ser sometidos los monjes y los detenidos

Posts relacionados: Moratinos: ya tardas en viajar a Birmania.

La ONU condena la violencia en Birmania – UN condemns Burmese violence

Un apunte rápido: MSN NOticias:

El Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU condenó hoy la “represión violenta de manifestantes pacíficos” por parte de las autoridades de Birmania y pidió una investigación inmediata sobre la situación de Derechos Humanos en el país.

El Consejo, formado por 47 países, “deplora enérgicamente la continua represión violenta de manifestantes pacíficos en Birmania, incluidos los golpes, homicidios, detenciones arbitrarias y desapariciones forzosas”.

Vale y ¿ahora qué van a hacer?

[Aunque esto era menos de lo que se pensaba que iban a hacer…].


The Council, formed by 47 countries, “has condemned the violent repression of peaceful demonstrators” by the Burmese authorities and asked for an immediate investigation about the situation of HUman Rights in the country.

The Council “finds deplorable the continuous repression of peaceful demonstrators in Burma, including the beatings, homicides, arbitrary detentions and forced disparitions”.

OK, so now, what???

[But this was less than they were going to do…].

At the same time, Burmese play tense waiting game.

Burma defends crackdown (+) (+)

In the UN (that @#€@#€ of organization) tx to Kate:

Myanmar’s foreign minister has accused “political opportunists” backed by foreign powers of trying to derail its move towards a “disciplined democracy”.

Nyan Win defended the crackdown on anti-government demonstrators he called an “unruly and provocative” mob, as essential to restore order.

“Normalcy has now returned in Myanmar,” he said.

He told the UN General Assembly’s ministerial meeting on Monday that “neo-colonialists” – a reference to the US and other Western nations – were spreading disinformation that Myanmar’s government was committing gross human rights violations and imposing economic sanctions.

“Recent events make clear that there are elements within and outside the country who wish to derail the ongoing process [towards democracy] so that they can take advantage of the chaos that would follow,” he said.

“They have become more and more emboldened and have stepped up their campaign to confront the government.”

At last, the Junta has agreed to receive the UN Envoy (4 days later) but with this statement I am not very optimistic…

Rob writes:

The left side of the blogosphere has jumped into action, mainly by deifying bloggers and signing petitions. Neither of these things will stop the Junta’s Holocaust against Buddhists, only action will. But the left will never call for action, they’re happy to allow the bloodshed to continue for another generation while shaking their head ruefully and wishing someone else would do something.

Yes, because then they could blame other one for their errors, while they would be at home just doing nothing for others. But, ohh, how well we feel, eh??

From Burma-Myanmar genocide:

minzaw: 1974 monks and nuns being arrested at Insein GTI are now scheduled to be sent to Bawathit Prison, Kabaw Valley, Sagaing Division. Details unknown. Activists encourage for possible reporters to keep an aye on all these detention centers. Current satellite images requested.

More from BBC:

Thousands of monks have been arrested since the weekend and many of them are now locked up in the government technical college on the outskirts of the city – a windowless hall which has three military vehicles stationed outside.

Local people are well aware that the monks have been locked away, and they are afraid that they themselves could be next.

“I’m really scared,” a woman told us quietly when she was sure no-one else could hear.

If the Burmese military wanted to silence the protesters through fear, they seem to have largely succeeded. But they know they cannot keep the monks locked up for ever, and people are waiting anxiously to see what happens next.

Don’t have words enough. But, hey, it’s too early to draw conclusions..

The Moderate Voice: Hey, General, Show us these little monks are Alive and Unharmed.


Yes, show them, you torturers… :mad:

West eyes China to influence Burma’s junta | csmonitor.com

[The West] hopes that China will arm-twist Burma’s generals into making concessions to defuse the crisis are probably wishful thinking and run counter to Chinese political and business interests, say analysts.Harder to gauge, say analysts, is how far the writ of such allies extends in Burma. “China has very little influence. It is stuck with an advisory role. The basis of Burma’s policy has been to shut itself off,” says William Overholt, head of RAND Corp.’s Asia-Pacific research center.A broader question, with ramifications for dealings with Sudan, Zimbabwe and other regimes, is whether China will abandon its policy of noninterference and play a role closer to that of Western powers, even if it ultimately opts for engagement over opprobrium.
China has begun to adopt a critical tone on Burma, saying it hoped the Burmese government could “properly deal with its domestic social conflicts.” Premier Wen Jiabao called Sunday on Burma to seek a peaceful solution. Breaking with protocol, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week roundly condemned Burma, a member state, as did Japan, which said it was suspending major aid.
But in Beijing’s eyes, propping up an unpopular regime on its borders may be preferable to seeing it collapse and risk being shut out by an unfriendly new government. “If the military government does not survive, a pro-Western regime will be established that would inevitably turn from China to the West for political and economic support,” says Du Jifeng, a Burma analyst at the China Academy for Social Sciences.
The timing is awkward for Beijing. The Communist Party is gearing up for a crucial congress and wants a united front on policy choices, not dissension over Burma. The sight of peaceful protesters confronting an authoritarian state also has uncomfortable parallels, says Russell Moses, an analyst in Beijing. “Events in Burma raise the specter of peaceful political change in China, and that makes a lot of officials in Beijing nervous,” he says

From Saffron Revolution Updates: Massacre at School:

photos taken at State High School No.2, Tamwe in Rangoon, after the killing of students by soldiers. Estimated 50-100 students and parents killed.

One is photo of brain got out from a student and one is a crowd looking dead bodies lying in the drain.

The Belmont club posts the letter they have received from a Burmese gentleman:

Matter of fact, I just learned that a Japanese life is worth more than thousands of Burmese lives. It is evident from the reaction of the Japanese government after a Japanese journalist was killed in Rangoon. The Japanese government has long been aware of the fact that Burmese people go through these abuses at junta’s hand everyday. Summary executions, forced labor, forced relocation, forced conscription of child soldiers and many other atrocities. But Japanese government has been indifferent in their policy of engaging with the military junta and supporting them.

Suddenly, even the Deputy Foreign Minister is going to Burma for an investigation for the death of the Japanese journalist. Please don’t misunderstand me, myself along with all the Burmese appreciate the efforts of Nagai San to expose the living hell that the Burmese live day in day out, to the outside world. Our condolences go to his family. It is sad that an innocent Japanese life had to be lost because the government of Japan had ignored all the facts for decades knowingly.

Of course, but as Daewoo’s spokerperson said, some days ago, to support their inversions in Burma, “Politics is politics, economy is economy”.

And hypocrisy is hypocrisy…

(By the way, Spanish leftist blogger Judas has posted about the subject -in Spain-, calling for a united action of all Spanish blogosphere against the Junta and in favour of Burmese opposition. Answer from another leftist blogger: “The denounce is good, but you could have disregarded the anti-communist ranting“. Yeah, of course…]

(+) The UN envoy’s had some effects in Burma. Yeah, don’t laugh: The curfew has been cut off by 25%. From Bloothirsty Liberal:

All right!

The monks have their robes tied around their necks like nooses, the rivers are choked with corpses—but the curfew has been cut by 25%.

All my patience is already gone. UN HAS NO POWER AND HAS NO REAL GOAL. DISSOLVE IT NOW!

(+) UN is in a meeting about Burma:

The United Nations’ (UN) top human rights body opened a special session on Myanmar on Tuesday, with European countries calling for condemnation of the military junta’s crackdown on peaceful protests.

The EU has tabled a resolution urging the 47-member UN Human Rights Council to “strongly condemn the continued violent repression of peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar”, and calling for the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

Yeah. The Military Junta is going to be very afraid of this condemnation… :twisted:

China and non-aligned members of the council are expected to stress the need for dialogue with Myanmar’s military rulers.

As if we didn’t know it… :evil:


Así que Nyan Win, otro repeinado, este en pijo (debe ser lo de la “vía birmana al socialismo” que si estás con el régimen eres un potentado; si no, hasta puedes ser violado por un perro, para regocijo de los guardas borrachos de la prisión) el enviado de Birmania en la ONU (¿para qué demonios sirve esta #@€#@€ de organización?) ha dicho que “han sido oportunistas políticos” apoyados por poderes extranjeros los que han intentado “descarrilar” sus movimientos hacia una “democracia disciplinada”.

Nyan Win defendió la represión de los manifestantes anti-gobierno porque eran una pandilla “sin orden y provocadora”, y era “necesario restaurar el orden.

La normalidad ha vuelto a Myanmar,” dijo.

Asimismo añadió ante la Asamblea General de las NNUU que los “neo-colonialistas” -en referencia a EEUU y otras naciones occidentales (China, India o Tailandia que se están “llevando” sus recursos sin considerar los abusos a los DDHH, esos no son colonialistas…) – estaban expandiendo rumores que el gobierno de Birmania estaba cometiendo graves violaciones de DDHH e imponiendo sanciones económicas.

Los recientes hechos han dejado claro que hay elementos dentro y fuera de nuestro país que quieren descarrilar el proceso que se ha puesto en marcha [hacia la democracia -¿matando monjes en los conventos? ¿torturando y quemando vivos a manifestantes pacíficos? Venga ya, no me haga reír, o llorar de la maldad absoluta de sus palabras] para tener ventajas en el caos que seguiría,” he said.

“Han ido enroscándose cada vez más y han hecho una campaña para enfrentarse al Gobierno.”

Aquiles, tenías razón al estar preocupado por las noticias de ayer. :mad: :evil:

Y claro, con esto, es normal que hayan tardado los de la Junta Militar (socialista) CUATRO días en recibir al enviado de las NNUU:

no se aportaron más detalles de lo tratado en la cita, aunque la ONU ya ha mostrado su preocupación por el estado de las personas detenidas en los últimos días, más de 6.000, según los medios de la disidencia.

Muy preocupada está la ONU. La veo tannnnnnnnn preocupada como con la represión en tantos otros sitios del mundo: Corea del Norte (donde a los disidentes les usan para probar armamento), Arabia Saudí, Irán, Siria, China (hasta el logo de los JJOO tiene pinta siniestra), etc.

Pero claro, a nadie se le va a ocurrir pedir una intervención armada. Primero, porque EEUU ya está en Irak y Afganistán, principalmente, y China le tiene compradas la tercera parte de la renta pública USA y porque Europa no quiere ni loca pringarse no vaya a ser que a) digan que somos unos “warmongers” y además b) porque si se pringa algún otro siempre se le puede criticar. Eso sí, todos en nuestros sillones diciendo que maravillosos somos porque, ooops, hemos criticado a la Junta Militar -los que lo hemos hecho, otros ni eso: ¿dónde están los titiriteros del “no más sangre por petróleo“? Ahh, que no es Bush, entonces, hale, a buscar unas cuantas subvenciones más y ya está… :mad: -. Y sin hacer nada…

Sobre China, escribe el Christian Science Monitor:

China ha comenzado a adoptar un tono crítico con Birmania, diciendo que esperaba que el Gobierno birmano “pudiera resolver sus conflictos sociales domésticos.” El PresidenteWen Jiabao dijo el Sábado en Birmania que quería que se llevase a un solución pacífica. Rompiendo el protocolo, la Asociación de las Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN) condenó a Birmania la semana pasada, al tiempo que un estado miembro, Japón decía que iba a suspender la ayuda más importante.
Pero a los ojos de Pekín, apoyar a un régimen impopular en su frontera puede ser preferible a verle que colapsa y con el riesgo añadido de que puede echarle un nuevo gobierno hostil. “Si la Junta Militar no sobrevive, un régimen pro-Occidental sería establecida e inevitablemente volvería la espalda a China y miraría hacía Occidente para obtener apoyo político y económico,” dice Du Jifeng, un analista birmano de la Academia China de Ciencias Sociales.El momento es muy incómodo para Pekín. El Partido Comunista está a punto de comenzar un momento crucial y quiere un frente unido en las elecciones políticas, no disensión sobre Birmania. La visión de los manifestantes pacíficos que se enfrentan a un estado totalitario también tiene paralelos incómodos, dice Russell Moses, un analista en Pekín. “Los hechos en Birmania han incrementado el espectro de cambio político pacífico en China, y eso pone a los políticos de Pekín muy nerviosos,” dice.

Las fotos que se ven arriba son el resultado de una masacre en un Colegio Superior Público, donde se cree que hubo entre 50 y 100 asesinados entre estudiantes y profesores.

The Belmont Club posteó una carta que recibió wretchard de un birmano (no la traduzco entera si no sólo un trozo):

La cuestión es, que acabo de saber que la vida de un japonés vale más que las vidas birmanas. Es evidente considerando la reacción del gobierno japonés después de que fuera asesinado en Rangún. El gobierno japonés ha conocido los abusos a los que la Junta sometía al pueblo birmano todos los días. Ejecuciones sumarias, trabajos forzados, traslados forzosos recluta forzosa de niños y muchas otras atrocidades. Pero el gobierno japonés ha sido indiferente en su política de relacionarse con la Junta militar y apoyarles.
De repente, incluso el Viceministro de Exteriores va a Birmania a investigar la muerta de un periodista japonés. Oh, por favor, no me malinterprete, yo y todos los birmanos apreciamos los esfuerzos de Nagai San para exponer el infierno en vida birmano, a la luz, al mundo exterior. Nuestras condolencias a su familia. Es triste que la vida de un japonés inocente ha tenido que acabarse violentamente porque el gobierno japonés ha ignorado los hechos por décadas, conociendo que pasaban.

(+) A ver sin risas, chicos, que la ONU ha conseguido… que reduzcan un 25% el toque de queda.

HAN AGOTADO MI PACIENCIA. Si la ONU no cumple con sus funciones, que se disuelva pero YA.

(+) Ahhh, parece que me han oído :lol: La UE ha instado una reunión de urgencia en la que se debate sobre las posibles sanciones a la Junta Militar (uuuh, el dictador General Swe y todos los demás están temblando ante las posibles sanciones… :mad: ).

Lo mejor es que dice que se espera que “China y otros Estados no alineados voten que se hable con la Junta Militar“. Hmmm, qué raro, raro, raro, raro… si China no es comunista y defiende muuuuuuuuuucho los Derechos Humanos… Ahh, que defiende el diálogo y la comprensión entre los pueblos… Vale, vale, otros miles de monjes budistas desaparecerán pero claro, no son interesantes, porque no son terroristas de Al-Qaeda en Guantánamo…

Lo voy teniendo más claro… Estos son pacíficos, los otros pueden hacernos pupita. Encima hipócritas, cobardes. Qué dechado de virtudes… :twisted:

Burmese Bhuddist monks continue the revolt as mass slaughter happens

From Emol.com tx to Kate:

In Kyaukpadaung, in the province of Mandalay (north), aroung 1.000 monks headed a protest yesterday with more than 30.000 persons, while in Sittwe, in the province of Arakan (west), around a hundred bonozos mobilised aroung 5.000 protestors in a march that happened with no incidents, according to witnesses who spoke to the Burmese radio “The Irrawaddy”.

The situation is different in Rangoon and Mandalay, the two main cities of the country after in the new capital , Napydaw, the security corps are controlling every intent of protest since last Wednesday, after the Military Junta imposed a curfew and forbid the public meetings.

Since then, around 16 people have died -among them two foreigners and several monks- by the shootings and the beatings of the soldiers and anti-riot policemen.

Anyway, the monks continue their opposition against the military regime from prison. Nearly 30 monks, out 108 imprisoned last Tuesday in the prison of Bamaw, in the state of Kachin (west), are in their 5th day of a hunger strike.

But as I said yesterday, there has been a mass slaughter in a Rangoon’s monastery:

For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning.

A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.

The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.

Damianpenny has more.

The Irrawady: who ordered the crackdown?

EU and US should join the monks of Myanmar:

Americans and Europeans should be especially wary of what is happening in Myanmar. There but for a few of your own hard won battles go you. For Americans, the military response to the uprising is not unlike the barbaric response suffered by the Revolutionaries at the hands of the British, but you know your history, yes? The very foundation of American freedom was not fought for and won by Americans alone.

For Europeans, the uphill battle with both violent and peaceful immigrant pressure to change the landscape of the Old World has already been seen and shows no signs of going away. The key word here for Europeans is “union,” which is to say the EU knows a little something about coming together. How will future uprisings be handled? Show the world now and the world won’t wonder later.

Asia Sentinel: Horror in Burma: but with some kind of optimism in the horizon:

Elite officers reportedly have been shaken by the monks’ rebellion and are said to be seeking a solution, although there is considerable skepticism about how much actual division there is among the ruling command. “We’ve heard that other units from the border regions are moving to Rangoon to handle this. They are more battle-hardened and willing to use force,” a Western diplomat said. “My feeling is that reporting in the press and exile groups contains a lot of wishful thinking. Unless there are greater splits in the junta we don’t know about, this regime doesn’t care. They are willing to kill, and their golden ticket is the Chinese, who aren’t going to push them.”

That said, the diplomat continued, “there could still be a surprise from splits in the military we don’t know about. In 1988, it was very significant when the civil servants and government came out. We have known for some time that frustration among civil servants has grown after the move to (the new administrative capital) Napyidaw, which has been very hard on their families. So that could provide a potential spark.”

Win Min, a Burma military analyst, told Asia Sentinel that the government appears to be having a much harder time controlling security forces than the former dictator Ne Win did prior to 1988 and suggests that the military could withdraw in a few days if Than Shwe, the country’s senior leader, senses that soldiers are losing morale. With most of the soldiers practicing Buddhists, the violence against monks is taking a serious toll. The military was shocked when monks began to refuse alms from soldiers over recent days, analysts said. Donating to monks is a recognized way of making merit.

[…]If the demonstrators can sustain their momentum for at least few more days, there is the risk that military morale will crumble. Than Shwe may not risk the chance that the army might turn away from the junta, making it likely that the junta will strike with devastating force as soon as possible.

Then the question will be how the leaders can maintain a united front.

There are at least another 500 in hunger strike.

More about China on Burma:

On Burma, however, Beijing has been shameful. It has supported the murderous generals who seized power in a hail of bullets with vital amounts of aid and investment in return for access to natural resources, becoming the country’s largest trading partner and undermining efforts by the EU and the West to isolate and force the regime to change. It continues to deflect UN Security Council action and it has failed to engage the junta constructively, preferring to follow the dictates of greed in the name of the Communist Party’s principle of “non-interference” in the domestic affairs of its neighbors.

In the current situation, of course, non-interference is simply a lie. By investing billions in Burma (two-way trade with Burma amounted to $1.11 billion in 2006, according to Chinese government figures cited by the International Herald Tribune. Trade for the first seven months of this year has risen by 39.4 percent over a year earlier) and delivering at least US$1.4 billion in weapons sales over the past several years, China has strategically intervened on the side of an illegitimate regime despised by its own people.

Far from an example of the cuddly “soft power” China wishes to display to its neighbors, in Burma the cold calculus of Beijing’s foreign policy is clear. It wants access to Burma’s land and resources and it does not care what happens to Burma’s own people.

The reality, of course, is that for all its growth and economic dynamism, China’s hermetically sealed leaders are far closer in style and temperament to the junta’s generals than they are to politicians and leaders in democratic countries who have to contend with the messiness of a free press, elections, public debate and the rule of law. Hu Jintao and Co, like the generals who run Burma, are used to laying down the law.

Junta Coronel to seek asylum in Norway.

Burmese bloggers: Shall China be our No.1 Eney or a War declaration to China.

Here is our demand. Chinese Government must play a leading role to stop killing spree in Burma and support UNSC intervention to Burma. The ultimatum for China to join the world’s body will be 72 hours starting from September 29, 2007 9:00 am to October 2, 9:00 am US Eastern Time. If China fails to meet our demands, we have decided to wage you the following global campaigns.
1. Boycott 2008 Olympic campaign
2. Boycott China’s products.

Please visit our campaign at this link.

Yes… Brave lads!

(+) Yesterday, I wrote about India. Today thanks to Luis, I know that Spiegel Online has run an article about the subject.

Delhi, in fact, didn’t get around to reacting until Wednesday, when it made a cautious official statement calling for political reform in Burma and expressing the hope that “all sides will resolve their issues peacefully through dialogue.” India was responding to pressure from the European Union and the United States, who had issued a statement at the United Nations earlier on Wednesday calling on China and India — Burma’s two most important economic partners — to use their influence to force the junta to open talks with opponents.

Torture, abuse common in Burma’s prisons.

During his interrogation, for instance, Thet Oo says he was deprived of food for three days and beaten so savagely that he suffered permanent hearing loss. His friend and fellow activist Bo Kyi was beaten every day for two weeks after prison guards found a page from a magazine that had been smuggled into his cell.

Thet Oo, 45, knows all about the hardships faced by political prisoners in Burma’s network of prisons, labor camps and interrogation centers. A cheerful, soft-spoken man who wears a hearing aid as a result of the beatings he received and walks with a limp left by childhood polio, he quietly recalled his 12 years in Rangoon’s notorious Insein Prison. He was arrested in 1993 for involvement with a banned pro-democracy group, was tortured and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He says there were at least four people to a single small cell in the jail’s compound for political prisoners. The inmates received two basic, hardly adequate meals a day, and were allowed only a small ration of water to wash with.

Sometimes they are ordered to crouch as if riding a motorbike, or perform a twisted version of a traditional dance, in which they must crawl over gravel on their knees and elbows, and sing. If they do not sing smoothly or cannot crawl, they are whipped with bamboo batons while other prisoners watch.

[..] ne former political prisoner described how during his interrogation, he was stripped and made to assume a similar position. Four drunken guards then found a large dog, made it mount his back, and used their hands to arouse its penis. They then placed the dog’s penis against the man’s anus. “I can forgive my torturers for everything but the sexual abuse,” said the victim. “No religion permits such an act. It has destroyed my self-esteem, my dignity.”

The Pope prays for Burma (at last!):

“I am following the grave events of these days in Myanmar with great concern,” he said, “and I wish to express my spiritual closeness to that dear people at this moment of painful trial. As I give assurances of my solidarity and intense prayer and invite the entire Church to do the same, it is my heartfelt hope that a peaceful solution be found, for the good of the nation.”

John writes about how the Burmese crisis affects US internal politics.

(+) Protesters burnt alive in Yay Way Crematorium h/t Kate. So that’s the way they bodies were disappearing, isn’t it?

MvdG commenting on an article by the Daily Mail:

Hla Win, who is “the most senior official to defect so far” said that “Many more people have been killed in recent days than you’ve heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand.” He also said that he defected because he was ordered by his superiors “to take part in a massacre of holy men.” According to the Daily Mail, Win has now reached the border with Thailand. His words are supported by other refugees who say that hundreds of monks seem to have “disappeared” suddenly.

Meanwhile, the special envoy of the United Nations arrived in Burma, trying to pursuade the Burmese government to stop killing protestors. Of course, it’s quite fantastic to believe that this special envoy may actually accomplish something, since the people in charge of the Burmese government only know one kind of politics: powerpolitics. They’re in the business of using force, not in the business of democraticizing their country. A friendly talk here, a threat there, won’t pursuade them to change their ways.

According to a Swedish diplomat, the revolt “has failed.” I get the idea she’s most likely correct. The UN has decided to ‘talk’ to the murderers of the junta, the junta itself, meanwhile, has decided to wipe out all opposition and seems to succeed in doing so. The diplomat, Liselotte Agerlid, said: “The Burma revolt is over.” Adding that “The military regime won and a new generation has been violently repressed and violently denied democracy. The people in the street were young people, monks and civilians who were not participating during the 1988 revolt. Now the military has cracked down the revolt, and the result may very well be that the regime will enjoy another 20 years of silence, ruling by fear.”

A Blog for All, Infidels are Cool, Jules Crittenden and Pamela have also written about this.


De Emol.com h/t Kate:

En Kyaukpadaung, en la provincia de Mandalay (norte), unos 1.000 monjes encabezaron ayer una protesta que congregó a más de 30.000 personas, mientras que en Sittwe, en la provincia de Arakan (oeste), medio centenar de bonzos movilizó a unos 5.000 manifestantes en una marcha que transcurrió sin incidentes, según declaraciones de testigos a la radio birmana “The Irrawaddy”.

La situación es diferente en Rangún y Mandalay, las dos principales ciudades del país después de la nueva capital, Napydaw, donde los cuerpos de seguridad controlan cualquier intento de manifestación desde el miércoles pasado, después de que la Junta Militar impusiera el toque de queda y prohibiera las reuniones públicas.

Desde entonces al menos 16 personas han muerto -entre ellos dos extranjeros y varios monjes- por los disparos y los bastonazos de los soldados y los agentes antidisturbios.

No obstante, a pesar de la represión algunos religiosos continúan su oposición contra el régimen militar desde la cárcel. Es el caso de cerca de 30 monjes, de un grupo de 108 arrestados y encarcelados el martes pasado en la prisión de Bamaw, en el estado de Kachin (oeste), que hoy cumplen cinco días en huelga de hambre.

Como ya dije ayer se ha producido un asesinato masivo de monjes en uno de los monasterios de Rangún:

El monasterio situado en una de las vecindades más oscuras de Rangún , llamada Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) ha sido atacado esta mañana.

Una tropa de policías antidisturbios (que no son sino vándalos pagados por el Gobierno) protegidos de camiones militares atacó e invadió el monasterio donde había 200 monjes estudiando. Sistemáticamente se les obligó que se pusieran de cara a la pared y se les golpeó y aplastó la cabeza contra la pared de ladrillo del convento. Uno por uno, los pacíficos monjes sin oponer resistencia, cayeron al suelo, gritando de dolor. Después se les desnudó rompiendo sus ropas y se les tiró a los camiones militares (como bolsas de arroz) y se llevaron los cuerpos.

El monje jefe del monasterio, fue atado en el centro del monasterio, torturado, y murió ese mismo día. Centenares de miles de personas se concetraron fuera del monasterio, guardadas por tropas con rifles y bayonetas, sin poder hacer nada para ayudar a los monjes que estaban siendo masacarados dentro del monasterio. Cada vez que intentaban entrar se encontraban con una fila de bayonetas.

Claro, claro, pero es que “es todavía pronto para sacar conclusiones“.Sick

La Unión Europea y EEUU deben apoyar a los monjes birmanos:

Para los europeos, la batalla contra la presión de la inmigración tanto violenta como pacífica que intenta cambiar los fundamentos del Mundo Viejo, se ha visto ya y no muestra señales de irse. La palabra clave entre los europes es unión, lo que significa que la UE debe saber algo de llegar a acuerdos. ¿Cómo se enfrentará a nuevos levantamiento? Muestren al mundo cómo y no tendrá que imaginarlo.

Demasiado tajante para lo que vemos normalmente de la burocracia europea…

Parece sin embargo, que el ataque a los monjes ha introducido una leve división entre los soldados y la policía. Algunos analistas consideran probable que haya una división entre ellos y señalan que la Junta está teniendo muchos problemas para controlarlos. Y es que la mayoría de los soldados son budistas practicantes. Los monjes han empezado también a rechazar la limosna de los soldados, lo que ha hecho que estos últimos estén aún más confundidos. Así que señalan que, si pueden mantenerse asi por algunos días más, puede que la moral de los militares se desplome, aunque entonces habría que ver cómo la Junta intenta dominar a esos mismos militares.

Al menos otros 500 monjes están en huelga de hambre.

En cuanto a China y su posición sobre Birmania, China afirma que su política es la de la no-interferencia en la situación interna de sus vecinos, pero con Birmania esa “no-interferencia” es una mentira. Mediante una inversión de 1.110 millones en 2006, según IHT que cita al Gobierno chino -este año la inversión ha crecido un 39,4%- y la venta de armas por valos de 1.400 millones de dólares en los últimos años, China se ha situado estratégicamente en el lado de un régimen ilegítimo rechazado por su propio pueblo.

Pero China está interesada únicamente en el acceso a la tierra y a los recursos birmanos y no le importa lo que pase a la gente birmana.

los de “no más sangre por petróleo”, ¿dónde están? Ahh, que es China, un país tolerante, no como esos USA que sólo sirven para que nos den un Óscar de vez en cuanto y para que digamos que no nos “mola” nada que nos lo den que el arte es el arte tenga premios o no. HIPÓCRITAS: Pilar Bardem, su hijo, Javier, Guillermo Toledo, Alberto San Juan, Almodóvar, el hombre del Golpe de Estado inexistente, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, Carmelo Gómez, Imanol Arias, María Teresa Campo, su hija, Terelu, Gran Wyoming, Penélope Cruz -que para colmo se dice Budista-, Marisa Paredes (ex-Presidenta de los Actores…), y demás ralea a quienes sólo les interesan las subvenciones para la MIERDA de películas que producen pero les importan UNA MIERDA los Derechos Humanos, la libertad de los pueblos, la democracia y el respeto a las opiniones de los demás. Y lo dejo dicho para la posteridad, porque ESTOY HARTA DE HIPÓCRITAS DE IZQUIERDAS-. Crying Waiting

Pero hay más: los líderes chinos, con su cerrado hermetismo, están bastante más cercanos en estilo y temperamento a los generales de la Junta que a cualquier político normal. Hu Jintao y Co., como los generales que gobiernan Birmania, no están acostumbrados a respetar la Ley.

La tortura es normal en las prisiones:

Durante su interrogatorio, por ejemplo, Thet Oo dice que se le privó de comida por tres días y que fue golpeada tan salvajemente que sufre pérdida permanente de audición. Su amigo y compañero activista Bo Kyi fue golpeado durante dos semanas porque se encontró una página de una revista que le habían “colado” en su celda.

[…] Thet Oo, 45, sabe todo lo que hay que saber sobre la dureza a que se enfrentan los prisioneros políticos en la red de prisiones, campos de trabajo y centros de interrogatorio. Un hombre alegre, de hablar suave, que lleva un audífono para poder oír como resultado de las palizas que recibió y cojea de la pierna izquierda por una poliomielitis infantil, nos contó sus 12 años en Insein, la Prisión famosa de Rangún [donde están los monjes]. Fue arrestado en 1993 por formar parte de un grupo pro-democracia prohibido, fue torturado y sentenciado a 20 años de prisión.

Dice que había al menos 4 personas en cada celda pequeña, en el ala de la prisión dedicada a prisioneros políticos. Los internos recibían dos pequeñas, dificílmente adecuadas en cuanto a la cantidad, comidas al día, y se les permitía sólo una pequeña ración de agua para lavarse.

Pero es no es todo, algunos aún lo pasaron aún peor:

Algunas veces se les ordenaba plegarse como si fueran una motocicleta, o hacer cualquier versión modificada de un baile tradicional, en el que deben arrastrarse sobre sus codos y rodillas y cantar a la vez. Si no cantan bien o no pueden arrastrarse, se les pega con bastones de bambú mientras otros prisioneros miran.

[..] Un antiguo prisionero político describió cómo durante su interrogatorio, fue desnudado y se le obligó a adoptar una posición de animal. Cuatro guardias borrachos trajeron un perro, le hicieron que se le subiera encima y le excitaron. Luego metieron el pene del perro por el ano del hombre. “Les puedo perdonar todo excepto el abuso sexual,” dijo la víctima. “Ninguna religión permite un acto así. Ha destruido mi auto-estima y mi dignidad.”

¿Quién dijo que era pronto para sacar conclusiones????

El Papa por fin ha rezado por una solución pacífica en Birmania, añadiendo que sigue los acontecimientos con gran preocupación. Birmania es uno de los países en los que, como cabría esperar, no se respeta la libertad religiosa y se persigue a los cristianos, cualquiera que sea su Iglesia particular.

(+) El crematorio de YayYay quemó vivos a varios que se habían estado manifestando por las calles y a quienes se había dado por muertos. El crematorio lo ha confirmado a los familiares. Así que ya sabemos cómo están haciendo desaparecer los cadáveres…

(+) El blogger MvdG comenta sobre un artículo del Daily Mail:

Hla Win, que es el oficial de más rango de entre los que ha desertado, ha dicho que “mucha más gente de la que habeis oído ha sido asesinado en los días pasados. Los cuerpos pueden contarse en varios miles“. También añadió que desertó porque sus superiores le ordenaron “tomar parte en la masacre de hombres santos”. Según el Daily Mail, Hla Win está ahora en Tailandia. Su testimonio ha sido apoyado por el testimonio de otros refugiados que dicen que varios centenares de monjes han “desaparecido” de repente.

Pero hay otra cosa preocupante -por si lo anterior no lo es-:

la diplomática sueca Liselotte Agerlid, dijo “la revuelta de Birmania ha terminado.” Añadiendo que “el régimen militar ha ganado y que una nueva generación ha sido reprimida y se le ha negado la democracia violentamente. La gente en las calles era gente joven, monjes y civiles que no participaron en la revuelta de 1988. Ahora los militares han reprimido violentamente la revuelta y el resultado será probablemente que el régimen tiene otros 20 años de silencio, gobernando por el miedo.”

Y los de “no más sangre por petróleo” callados como muertos… :mad:

Reactions to Burma: Japan, India, – Reacciones vs Birmania: Japón, India

As I wrote these last days, one deeds which have arisen general condemnation has been the killing -totally deliberate- of video journalist Kenji Nagai.

Well, the Mutant Frog Travellogue writes about the Japanese position on the subject and how the public has made the Government change its initial position:

The Japanese government has gone from a basically hands-off approach to demanding full explanations at the highest level. Still, new prime minister Yasuo Fukuda has not gone ahead with sanctions and has decided only to demand an explanation and lodge an official protest over the incident. However, most significant is that major commentators have begun calling for Japan to initiate sanctions against the junta, which has so far not been a popular position as Japan has had a policy of so-called dual engagement, giving aid to the country while trying to maintain relations with democracy leaders as well.

Fueling the change in the government’s stance is the fact that Nagai’s death has put a face on the ugliness of tyranny for the Japanese public and the blunt shove and rapid-fire of bullets that felled him symbolize the almost casual brutality that Burma has faced for decades.

The protests’ coverage in the media was transformed overnight at the news of his death and intensified when it was learned that he was killed so brutally, going from the usual “instability in a foreign country that doesn’t affect us” sort of coverage to much more involved reports of the protests that more closely resembled the BBC’s intense up-to-the-minute reporting.

Just read it all. It’s very interesting the whole post.

Another news which shows the nature of this “Burmese way to Socialism”:

The Church’s low profile probably has something to due with this story from the beginning of the year?Burma ‘orders Christians to be wiped out’.

Talking about peaceful guys, hein???

Some videos from Burma. From that link: Burmese blogs around the globe.

Kate was asking yesterday why India was silent:

Delhi’s unease over the protests was clearly illustrated when Petroleum Minister Murli Deora left for the troubled south-east Asian country at the weekend.

Before leaving, he ran into a protest by Burmese pro-democracy activists in Delhi.

The protesters carried placards reading “Deora, don’t go for gas, go for democracy” and “India stop supporting Burmese military rule”.

As Mr Deora reached Burma, the huge street protests against Burma’s military rulers were beginning to peak.

‘Watching developments’

India’s reticence over developments in Burma dates back as least as far as 1988, when the military brutally crushed student protests.

Nandita Haksar We cannot have democracy at home and support military tyrants in the neighbourhood. India must do all it can for the restoration of democracy in Burma Nandita Haksar,
Human rights lawyer

A senior Indian external ministry official said on Wednesday that India was “closely watching the developments in Burma”.

But he was quick to add: “We have no desire to interfere in the internal affairs of Burma.”

An official statement on Mr Deora’s visit said: “He had wide-ranging discussions to explore the possibilities of enhancing bilateral co-operation in the hydrocarbon sector with Burma’s Energy Minister, Brig Gen Lun Thi.”

Mr Deora was also present on Monday at the signing of Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) for three deep-water exploration blocks between India’s ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Burma’s Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) .

“These contracts are a happy development and augur well for expanding the co-operation between the two neighbours,” Mr Deora said on his return to India.

When it comes to Burma, the priority for the world’s largest democracy under economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is now quite clear.

With a fast-growing economy, India is desperate to access any major source of energy in the neighbourhood from Iran to Burma and beyond.

And more:

The reason for India’s tardy reaction is clear: The crisis in Burma puts its neighbour to the west in a very difficult position. “India is proud of being the biggest democracy in the world,” says Gerhard Will, Southeast Asia expert at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs. “But at the same time they have an international partner who is repressing democratic movements.”

India’s interest in Burma is largely motivated by the country’s importance to its main economic and political rival. “India is afraid of China’s influence in Burma,” says Will.

And more h/t Global Voices:

India wants Burma’s help fighting rebels on their shared border. In return for this help, they are helping Burma bypass the EU arms embargo, and even helping train the Burmese military. This is pretty heavy support.

The other is that India wants Burmese natural gas, and is afraid that China will take advantage of it if they do not. So both to feed their own economy, and to block China’s, they are willing to make deals with the junta and leave the Burmese people to … fend for themselves against the military that they have helped to arm and train. Given that the Burmese military is a almost a half a million strong (just a smidge smaller than the American active duty Army), it’s hardly a fair fight.


(La India escoge el gas birmano frente a la democracia birmana)

She also asked why the people are not protesting about India. My personal idea is that India is a democracy -something which China isn’t-, has some internal basic problems -such as Kashmir and the lineages’ conflicts- and, lastly, has a normal relationship with Western countries. I suspect that the situation India has -side by side with a nuclear bomb in all aspects as Pakistan is- also something to do with it.

Related news: Two British Parlamentarians witness HR atrocities on Indian-Burmese border:

In particular, India should re-examine its conscience and stop providing arms and military training to the regime,” [Baroness Cox] said. “India should also reconsider its economic investments in Burma, until a meaningful transition to democracy is underway. The suffering of the people of Burma has gone on too long with too little action.”

ATTENTION: Burmese military is hiding the bodies of the killed. And the Army is currently entering almost all the monastries in Yangon now and shooting the people.

Last news:

Bloggers with sources inside Burma are reporting that there was a military coup by General Maung Aye, second in command of the dictatorship, against Than Shwe, and that his troops are now guarding Aung San Suu Kyi’s home.


Japón como ya sabeis va a investigar la muerte del video-periodista Kenji Nagai. Al principio, se trató el tema en Japón como si no fuera con ellos, hasta que han visto que sí iba con ellos y de qué manera. Incluso la cobertura mediática pasó de “inestabilidad en un país que no nos importa nada” a informar sobre las protestas minuto a minuto. Lo que da idea del egoísmo humano: si me afecta, hmm, qué interesante, si no, que les dén. Y confirma que en un mundo globalizado TODO nos afecta.

En cuanto a India -ya que me he metido tanto con China, creo que va siendo hora de escribir sobre “la más grande democracia del mundo”, en número de personas-, su silencio en esta materia ha hecho que bastantes indios protesten por la pasividad demostrada.

Existen básicamente dos causes por las cuales India no ha dicho nada.

La primera es el mercado energético. India ha firmado estos días un nuevo acuerdo con Birmania para tres exploraciones en aguas profundas entre la empresa india Videsh Limited y la birmana Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise. Así que queda clara cuál es la prioridad de la India, país que está desesperado por acceder a cualquier precio a cuantas más fuentes de energía mejor desde Irán (hmmm) hasta Birmania y más allá…

Eso sí, eso no les impide auto-denominarse “la más importante democracia del mundo”, pero como dice la abogada de DDHH Nandita Haksar, ” no podemos apoyar la democracia en casa y apoyar a tiranos militares en el extranjero”.

Pero existe otra causa: India está preocupada de la influencia china en el área y teme que si deja Birmania por causa de los DDHH, China la ocupe. De tal modo que está ayudando a Birmania a infringir el embargo decretado por la UE y ayudando a entrenar al ejército birmano. Considerando que éste último tiene un número aproximado de medio millón de hombres, se entiende que la ayuda prestada es muy importante. A cambio, Birmania no sólo le cede gas y petróleo, si no que le ayuda a capturar a los rebeldes que hay en su frontera.

Las últimas noticias son que los militares están escondiendo los cadáveres y que están entrando en los conventos y matando a los monjes.

Mientras Zapatero dice que “es todavía muy pronto para sacar conclusiones“. ¿A qué? ¿A que maten a todos los monjes y a todos los que se oponen a la Socialista Junta Militar?

ÚLTIMAS NOTICIAS: Al parecer, bloggers con información desde Birmania han publicado que General Maung Aye, el segundo en la dictadura, ha dado un golpe de Estado y que sus tropas están guardando la casa del General Than Shwe. Francamente, me parece que esto no variará nada el sentido de la dictadura, aunque puede ser que la debilite por la división entre los partidarios de unos y de otros.

Más concentraciones (me las manda Kate) ( :oops: debería haberlo publicado antes….) :

For more cities check: http://www.es.amnesty.org/paises/myanmar/pagina/actos-publicos/

*CASTELLDEFELS*:Sunday 30, 12:00, Plaza de la Iglesia.

*CASTELLÓN*:Monday 1, 17:00, Plaza María.

*CÓRDOBA*: Sunday 30, 12:00, plaza de las Tendillas.

*MADRID*:Sunday 30, 12:00, calle Preciados to Plaza de Callao.

*MENORCA*:Sunday 30, 20h, Ciutadella.

*MOLINS DE REY*:Sunday 30, 10:00, Cursa de San Miguel.

*TARRAGONA*:Sunday 30, 13:00, Estatua dels despullats, downtown Tarragona.

Zapatero and Putin speak about Burma – Zapatero y Putin hablan sobre Birmania

Yesterday: Buddhist leader Dalai Lama Extends support to Burmese protesters. Today: DW:

Germany’s foreign minister said China is still upset over a meeting between the German chancellor and the Dalai Lama last week. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday touched on Iran and Burma but Sunday’s meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the exiled Tibetan leader in Berlin emerged as the main issue. China reacted angrily to the encounter, warning Germany that bilateral ties had been damaged and insisting the Dalai Lama was a dangerous figure who sought independence for Tibet. China routinely criticizes visits abroad by the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet for India in 1959 during a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

I have been in today’s protest in Madrid, where there were THREE vans of anti-riot police. I just don’t know what they were there for really. The people who were there were all peacefully protesting against the crackdown in Burma, no one was going to turn violent.

I have not been able to take but one photo (the camera was full and I am a fool for not copying them before in the PC :oops: ) . These were the dangerous people against whom the Government sent the policemen:


The event had been organised by the anti-Castro “Cuba Democracia ¡Ya!”(that is, “Cuba, Democracy Now!”). That’s why the placard reads “Down with dictatorships in Cuba and Burma“.

There were not a lot of people, but the day was awful, nearly raining (you can see the sky, normally full blue, totally cloudy). And it is Saturday morning and, if it would not have been for blogs, no one would have known. No TV spoke about it, that I know of. And if normal MSM don’t speak, it does not exist.

Anyway, with not so many people there, the presence of all the policemen was ridiculous, to say the least.

Lastly, Zapatero has, at least, spoken about Burmese dictatorship, speaking with Putin:

Both men also spoke about the worsening situation in Myanmar. They agreed that the international community needs to monitor the situation very closely, but the leaders believe it is still too early to draw conclusions or introduce sanctions.

I was going to write I am shocked but I’m not the least. Zapatero has a good relationship with China -to whose leaders he did not even remind their lack of respect for Human Rights- asking even for a lift in the arms embargo (but afterwards claiming he is a “pacifist:mad: ). And now wants to strenghten the ties with Russia. But he has again mistaken the rules about basic sight regarding diplomacy: in the same statement Putin remarked that Lugovoi was a Russian citizen who could not be extradited by now:

“Mr Lugovoy is a Russian citizen. As we have said several times, if we are given any evidence of illegal activity, the Russian law enforcement system will certainly take the decision to bring anyone to justice. Unfortunately the demands from our British partners to extradite Lugovoy are not supported by any documents that prove that he has committed any illegal actions. There is the demand to extradite him based only on suspicion – but no proof,” said the Russian President.

The Spanish Prime Minister did not comment directly on the ongoing dispute between Moscow and London.

From bilateral ties to international problems, Madrid and Moscow seem to share not only many common projects and goals, but political viewpoints as well. Both the Russian President and the Spanish Prime Minister seemed very satisfied not only with the course of their talks, but with the development of their countries’ relationship. The frank discussion of various international issues is further evidence that Russia and Spain are generally in agreement politically.

This could be another front on the bad relationship that Spain has had with Great Britain since Zapatero came to power -even if Blair did not show it very much as Bush has done-. Gordon Brown has been one of the toughest leaders speaking against Burmese crackdown and his Government is the one who is asking Putin to extradite Lugovoi, now in the party of ultra-nationalist and supporter of polygamy to defend the purity of Russians, Zhirinosky.

Kate has a lot of photos from the protest in Washington: Of all of them this is the most significant of all:

(Para lectores españoles: “China: ¡Frena a los asesinos birmanos! Exigimos a China que inmediatamente:

  • condene la represión violenta de los monjes budistas y de los demás que protestaban pacíficamente.
  • deje de apoyar al gobierno militar birmano.”)

John from This Ain’t Hell has also posted some photos of the event.

Aquiles writes there are concentration camps on the making in Burma.

God help them. Because we, human beings, are too coward to do it. :evil:


He estado en la protesta contra la represión en Birmania en donde casi había más policía que personas protestando (había TRES furgones de policía anti-disturbios, que no entiendo realmente para qué estaban allí…). La única foto que he podido sacar está arriba.

Pero se entiende esta actitud si consideramos las declaraciones de Zapatero junto a Putin en Rusia:

Están de acuerdo en que la comunidad internacional debe monitorizar la situación de cerca, pero ambos líderes creen que es todavía muy pronto para sacar conclusiones.

Para una persona que está dando la tabarra con que a su abuelo lo mató Franco este tipo de declaraciones son del todo sorprendentes (o no, si consideramos lo que dijo a la madre de Irene Villa). Además, son una muestra de frialdad hacia las personas que protestaban pacíficamente totalmente inaudita. Como si la vida de 200 personas, los campos de concentración (arriba, link de Aquiles), los monjes detenidos en los conventos y la seguridad física y piscológica de los demás, no le importase nada (realmente no, no le importa nada).

Pero es que además puede provocar otra crisis diplomática con Inglaterra, porque Gordon Brown es uno de los líderes mundiales que más se ha destacado en la denuncia de lo que acontece en Birmania y porque en la misma rueda de prensa, Putin volvió a repetir que no va a extraditar a Lugovoi, al que se acusa del asesinato de Litvinenko y que además ahora se ha incorporado al partido político del ultranacionalista Zhirinovsky, que defiende la poligamia obligatoria para las mujeres rusas solteras, para de ese modo conservar la pureza de la raza rusa.

¿Y qué gana España? En primer lugar, el apoyo de China, con quien los socialistas en el Gobierno quieren estrechar relaciones para abrir su mercado a la inversión española -Zapatero incluso pidió que levantaran el embargo de armas a China, pero luego va por ahí diciendo que es “pacifista”-. Pero en segundo lugar, el apoyo de Rusia, con quien se subraya la plena coincidencia en política internacional de “ambos líderes”, es decir, Putin y Zapatero.

Por último, mete el dedo en el ojo a Bush que ya pidió fuertes sanciones en la ONU y ha decretado sanciones importantes contra 14 mandatarios birmanos.

Anti-anglosajonismo/occidentalismo puro y duro, aunque para ello haya que apoyar al demonio. Esa es la política exterior española.

Repito: había TRES furgones antidisturbios. ¿Tendrá algo que ver que se compara a Castro con los generales de la Junta birmana? ¿Y que sea socialista la Junta Birmana?

Troops take control of Burma – El Ejército toma el control en Birmania


Found at The Moderate Voice.

Other interesting links:

Where the world stand with Burma.

Junta tries to blame foreign media for the protests:

Screen grab from Burma's state-run English language TV - 27/09/2007

London-based Burmese blogger Ko Htike said he is getting nothing over the internet from his contacts in Burma and that he can no longer reach them by mobile phone.

He told the BBC News website that he can occasionally reach people in Burma on landline telephones, but even this is sporadic.

Burmese monks in Mandalay - 22/02/2007Accounts from Burma Burma’s cyber-dissidents Burma’s shadowy leaders

The only other way to make contact is by satellite phone but these are difficult to come by and the risks for people in Burma are tremendous: three-and-a-half years in prison, he said.

The Irrawaddy news website, however, run by Burmese journalists in exile, has managed to get a few pictures of Friday’s protests with a 28 September date stamp on them.

BBC sources in Burma have said that international mobile phone signals have been interrupted and soldiers are searching people for cameras and mobile phones.


Buddhist monks sit inside an Internet shop run on a generater in Yangon, 10 April 2007. The flow of information out of Myanmar was squeezed Friday as the nation’s main Internet link went down and several newspapers stopped publishing, amid a deadly crackdown on anti-junta protests.(AFP/File/Khin Maung)


In this photo made available by the Mandalay Gazette, soldiers with their weapons are seen in downtown Yangon, September 27, 2007. Crowds taunted soldiers and police who barricaded central Yangon on Friday to prevent more mass protests against Myanmar’s 45 years of military rule and deepening economic hardship. Picture taken September 27, 2007. REUTERS/Mandalay Gazette (MYANMAR).

Armed troops take position in the streets of central Yangon, 27 September 2007. Security forces have moved to crush protests in Myanmar’s two biggest cities, unleashing warning shots and baton charges, and cutting Internet access in the third day of a deadly crackdown.(AFP/HO/File) .

PhotoProtesters gathering in the streets of central Yangon. Myanmar’s police and military were out in force again Friday, patrolling the deserted streets after a two-day crackdown on mass protests left at least 13 people dead and hundreds more behind bars.(AFP/Moemaka Media)

PhotoThis photo received by Internet website Mizzima News shows the crowds gathered for protest at Sule junction shortly before Myanmar security forces stormed the demonstrators in Yangon, 27 September 2007. Vigils were held in Canada’s capital and its biggest city Thursday in support of Myanmar’s pro-democracy protestors, whose demonstrations were violently broken up by their military rulers.(AFP/Mizzima News/File)

PhotoSoldiers march through central Yangon.
Satellites images may show Burmese Junta Abuses:


Images collected over the last year focused on sites in eastern Myanmar, helping document reports of villages being burned or eliminated, new villages where people had been relocated and rapidly expanding military camps, Lars Bromley of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said Friday.

In images provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, before-and-after satellite images show the site of an apparent military encampment in Burma on Nov. 11, 2000, (top), and again on Dec. 13, 2006, (bottom), when new bamboo fencing can be seen. The human rights group, Free Burma Rangers, reported a major expansion of this camp in 2006, corroborated by the AAAS analysis of images. Satellite photos showing the disappearance of villages and a buildup of army camps offer what researchers say is potential evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar, the scene of bloody anti-government protests that have drawn tens of thousands of demonstrators. (AP Photo/Top image: GeoEye Satellite Image. Bottom image: DigitalGlobe)

Japan will investigate the death of the Japanese video journalist Kengi Nagai:

Japan is sending its deputy foreign minister to Burma to investigate the death of a Japanese journalist, who was covering the anti-government protests.

Japan said it would review its aid programmes to Burma over the fatal shooting of Kenji Nagai on Thursday.

TV footage has emerged which raises the possibility that the 50-year-old may have been deliberately targeted rather than caught in police cross-fire.

Troops take back control in Burma:

Soldiers and police took control of the streets Friday, firing warning shots and tear gas to scatter the few pro-democracy protesters who ventured out as Myanmar’s military junta sealed off Buddhist monasteries and cut public Internet access.

On the third day of a harsh government crackdown, the streets were empty of the mass gatherings that had peacefully challenged the regime daily for nearly two weeks, leaving only small groups of activists to be chased around by security forces.

“Bloodbath again! Bloodbath again!” a Yangon resident yelled while watching soldiers break up one march by shooting into air, firing tear gas and beating people with clubs.

Thousands of monks had provided the backbone of the protests, but they were besieged in their monasteries, penned in by locked gates and barbed wire surrounding the compounds in the two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay. Troops stood guard outside and blocked nearby roads to keep the clergymen isolated.

Many Yangon residents seemed pessimistic over the crackdown, fearing it fatally weakened a movement that began nearly six weeks ago as small protests over fuel price hikes and grew into demonstrations by tens of thousands demanding an end to 45 years of military rule.

[…]Much of the regime’s defiance — and ability to withstand economic sanctions imposed by the West — stems from the diplomatic and financial support of neighboring China. Another neighbor, India, also has refrained from pressuring the junta.

Analysts say that as long as those two giant countries remain silent and other Southeast Asian countries keep investing in Myanmar, it is unlikely the junta will show any flexibility. Every other time the regime has been challenged by its own people, it has responded with force.



Como ya escribí ayer, han cortado el acceso a Internet y los móviles tampoco funcionan.

La Junta está tratando de echar la culpa de las protestas a las cadenas extranjeras, incluida la BBC, a los que tacha de “destruccionistas“.

Los bloggers están preocupados: hasta ahora han sido ellos los que han permitido una difusión rápida de las imágenes de la brutalidad de la Junta, pero con las nuevas restricciones es posible que no obtengan muchas más. Sólo se puede conectar con ellos con teléfonos vía satélite, cuya posesión es un delito que se paga con una pena de cárcel de tres años y medio. Además, los soldados y los policías están buscando por las calles a personas con teléfonos móviles y cámaras para detenerlas…

Pero lo que no pueden bloquear son los satélites artificiales, y al parecer hay imágenes suficientemente claras de abusos por parte de la Junta: pueblos enteros quemados o destruidos, las personas realojadas en otros sitios y campos militares que crecen rápidamente.

Por último, Japón va a investigar la muerte del video-reportero Kenji Nagai, que, según las imágenes de la TV, fue deliberadamente escogido y asesinado, y no murió por fuego cruzado.

Asimismo, han amenazado con revisar todos sus programas de ayuda al desarrollo que tengan con Birmania.

Hace escasamente una hora han informado de que los militares tienen otra vez el control sobre el país, después de que hayan cercado los monasterios, alrededor de los cuales han colocado alambre de púas y hay soldados, y hayan suspendido Internet.

Hay pesimismo en Rangún. :(

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Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma

Another day, more bad news from the Burmese Junta:Michelle Malkin » Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai

(…) Burmese bloggers have been crucial whistleblowers and eyewitnesses to history–supplying the world with round-the-clock coverage and photos of their oppressive regime’s crackdown. Now, just as the Western press is lauding their role, the military junta has reportedly cut off Internet access:

Myanmar’s government appeared to have cut public Internet access and troops occupied key Buddhist monasteries on Friday, witnesses and diplomats said, in an effort to end demonstrations against the ruling junta.

The moves raised concerns that the military government may be preparing to intensify a crackdown on civilians that has killed at least 10 people in the past two days. The Internet in particular has played a crucial role in getting news and images of the pro-democracy protests to the outside world.

According to AFP, government officials are blaming a “damaged underwater cable.”

After two days of unrest in Yangon’s streets, Myanmar’s main link to the Internet has stopped working, according to a telecom official who blamed the problem on a damaged cable.

“The Internet is not working because the underwater cable is damaged,” an official with Myanmar Post and Telecoms told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Myanmar’s Internet service is tightly controlled and only sporadically available even in the best of times, but the military has tightened its controls amid anti-government protests.

In Bangkok, an official at a Thai telecom that provides satellite services to Myanmar also said some Internet service inside the country had been cut.

One western source inside Myanmar said she had not been able to access emails or Internet since late morning.

Yes, question the timing

The yell of a monk yesterday as he stands up, with broken glasses thanks to a shot from the Burmese soldiers and surrounded by a tear gas’ cloud:

Who is going to come to help us? Do they know in your country what’s happening here? Why nobody is helping us?

has a more chilling sound after reading the link Schwan (hello ;) ) left me yesterday in the comments:

The professor Desmond Ball, from the Center of Strategic Studies and Defense from the University of Universidad de Canberra –who has published a book about the Burmese spies–, underlined that “the intelligence services and the security forces have tapped all the telecommunications’ systems of the country”.

In Burma, having a non-declared radio-phone means detention and whoever is surprised with a satellite phone is charged with “high treason” and condemned to a minimum punishment of 20 years in prison. Moreover, to use a PC, you must have an special license from the Communications and Mail Ministry. Infringing that law means a punishment between seven to fifteen years in prison. In this country, there are only a dozen cybercafes with limited access to Internet.

In every hotel of Rangoon and in other cities, the phone calls are intercepted without even considering that can be known by the speaker and, if the stablishment’s internet service is used, it will record it to their archives. The ordinary Burmese say that the military regime has “eyes and ears” everywhere. They know that the powerful Intelligence Service pays not only military men, but also beggars, street sellers, hotel receptionists, office workers, monks, taxi drivers and students, among others.


Si estás cerca de Madrid y puedes venir, mañana hay una manifestación a las 12:00 en la Puerta del Sol hay una protesta contra la dictadura birmana. Gracias a todos.


The crackdown continues. At wits endSick
News from The Associated Press

Soldiers with automatic rifles fired into crowds of anti-government demonstrators Thursday, killing at least nine people in the bloodiest day in more than a month of protests demanding an end to military rule.Bloody sandals lay scattered on some streets as protesters fled shouting “Give us freedom, give us freedom!”

On the second day of a brutal crackdown, truckloads of troops in riot gear also raided Buddhist monasteries on the outskirts of Yangon, beating and arresting dozens of monks, witnesses and Western diplomats said. Japan protested the killing of a Japanese photographer.

Daily demonstrations by tens of thousands have grown into the stiffest challenge to the ruling junta in two decades, a crisis that began Aug. 19 with rallies against a fuel price hike then escalated dramatically when monks began joining the protests.

With the government ignoring international appeals for restraint, troops fired into packs of demonstrators in at least four locations in Yangon, witnesses and a Western diplomat said. Protesters – some shouting “Give us freedom!” – dodged roadblocks and raced down alleys in a defiant game of cat and mouse with soldiers and riot police that went on for most of the day.

Some 70,000 protesters were on the streets at the height of the chaos, though the total was difficult to estimate as different groups broke up and later reformed.

Sandals were strewn by a pool of blood at one spot where people fled approaching police. In a brave challenge, a bare-chested man emerged from one crowd to advance toward riot officers, then was felled by a rubber bullet and suffered a beating by officers who took him away.

They are fighting bravely against the Junta:

Local residents in South Okkalapa township have surrounded security forces who returned to Ngway Kyar Yan monastery to arrest the abbot following last night’s raids.

At least 130 monks were detained in the raid on the monastery, and personal belongings including robes, rice and 2,000,000 Kyat in cash were seized.

Security forces returned at around noon today to arrest the abbot and took up positions surrounding the monastery.

But hundreds of thousands of local residents, outraged by the raids, surrounded the troops, shouting anti-government slogans and demanding the immediate release of the detained monks.

Other developments today:

  1. Burma says it will issue a visa to UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is being urgently sent to the country
  2. the Association of South-East Asian Nations voices “revulsion” at the killings and urges Burma – one of its members – to exercise restraint
  3. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour warns Burmese leaders that they could be prosecuted for their actions


Found in Burmanet.org.

Last news are that Kyang Kyang, General Than Swe’s wife, their daughter, Thadar Swe and their grandson have taken a plane to go abroad. Something which is really worrying. :(

USA has announced sanctions against 14 Burmese officials.

Oh, and Myanmar is how the Junta named the country, so the Burmese people are not very fond of it. ;)

En español:

La Junta Militar birmana acepta la entrada al país del enviado de la ONU.

China y Rusia evitan una condena de la ONU. capullos Angry ( y siento el lenguaje…).

El Ejército birmano reprime una manifestación a tiros y causa al menos 9 muertos.

Al iniciarse el día, una inmensa multitud se había reunido de nuevo en torno a la pagoda Sule. “Les damos 10 minutos. Si no se van, emplearemos medidas extremas”, gritaron los soldados a través de megáfonos. Poco después, por lo menos 100 personas habían sido detenidas y obligadas a subir a camiones militares, mientras los otros manifestantes huían corriendo por las calles del centro, explicaron los testigos.

Los jóvenes, acompañados por unos 20 monjes budistas, cantaron el himno nacional birmano mientras encaraban a decenas de policías y soldados armados que les impedían el paso, afirmaron los testigos.

“El general Aung San nunca habría ordenado al ejército que matase al pueblo”, gritaron, en referencia al difunto héroe de la independencia birmana y padre de la líder pro democrática y premio Nobel de la Paz Aung San Suu Kyi.

EEUU anuncia sanciones contra 14 altos cargos birmanos.Applause

¿Un nuevo Tiananmen?

El último episodio acontecido en la revuelta popular de Birmania hace temer lo peor. Anoche, Kyaing Kyaing, esposa del jefe de la Junta Militar, el general Than Shwe, acompañada de su hija, Thadar Shwe, y de uno de sus nietos, tomó un vuelo de Air Bagan en primera clase y abandonó el país.

La situación de Birmania (formalmente Myanmar, nombre que, por cierto, la oposición no acepta porque fue una ocurrencia del nuevo orden castrense) no ha hecho más que ir a peor desde que el pasado 19 de agosto la Junta Militar que gobierna el país con mano de hierro decidiera subir el precio del combustible un 500%.

La revuelta popular de estos días, a diferencia de la que desencadenó la matanza de 1988, está liderada por el movimiento budista, y encabezada por los monjes de la gran pagoda de Shwedagon, el primer santuario del país, símbolo de la nación, que hasta ahora no se había destacado por su hostilidad al régimen.

En el país no se celebran elecciones legislativas desde 1990, cuando Aung San Suu Kyi, al frente de la Liga Nacional por la Democracia (LND), consiguió una victoria abrumadora que la facción militar se negó a reconocer y que resolvió disolviendo el parlamento y encarcelándola, para más tarde ponerla bajo un arresto domiciliario que todavía hoy continúa.

Desde entonces, Than Shwe, mantiene a su país sometido a un régimen de terror y secretos, fortaleciendo el papel del ejército y asfixiando toda aspiración democrática. Además, en este tiempo, se ha esforzado por lograr un acercamiento a China, Rusia, India y Tailandia, países muy interesados en los recursos naturales birmanos, fundamentalmente el gas. Y a tenor de los acontecimientos, lo ha conseguido: El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU instó ayer a la Junta Militar a ejercer la “contención” en sus actos violentos contra la población civil, pero el veto de China evitó la condena del máximo órgano de Naciones Unidas contra el régimen.

Y otra vez los recursos energéticos de por medio.

Myanmar soldiers fire weapons into crowd – China continues blocking democracy

And more about the repression to the Saffron revolution:

Myanmar soldiers fire weapons into crowd – Yahoo! News

Soldiers fired automatic weapons into a crowd of anti-government protesters Thursday as tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta’s crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press that several people, including a Japanese national, were found dead following Thursday’s protests.

The information was transmitted by Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry to the Japanese Embassy in Yangon, the official said on condition of anonymity citing protocol.

The chaos came a day after the government launched a crackdown in Yangon that it said killed at least one man. Dissidents outside Myanmar reported receiving news of up to eight deaths Wednesday.

Some reports said the dead included Buddhist monks, who are widely revered in Myanmar, and the emergence of such martyrs could stoke public anger against the regime and escalate the violence.

As part of the crackdown, monasteries were raided overnight by pro-junta forces in which monks were reportedly beaten and more than 100 were arrested.

The regime is searching for journalists throughout hotels, because it’s rumoured that there are some of them who have entered the country with a tourist visa…

[My mother, who is not normally interested in international news, is absolutely outraged… And I didn’t have time to explain anything to her. After that, she is really angry… ]

And China is just supporting its strategic partnership with the Junta, and pushing Russia to support her:

During the session, China denied its vote to a joint formal declaration which would have condemened the acts of the Military Junta during the peaceful demonstrations of these last days. It was not possible either to discuss about possible sanctions, even when the French FM Bernard Kouchner insisted in a condemnation to the Burmese leaders. The Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Wang Guangya, said after the meeting that the sanctions against Burma would not be of great help.

Of course not, China is just subsidizing the Junta, it is the 1st commercial partner and the 1st investor in the country. They are not going to shoot themselves in the foot…

(+) Burmanet.org has posted a photo showing death in the streets.

They have also posted several videos of the protests:


De Libertad Digital:

Un destacamento de soldados birmanos han entrado en el hotel “Traders”, en el centro de Rangún, y comenzó a registrar habitación por habitación para buscar a varios periodistas extranjeros que han entrado en el país con visado de turista. En las calles, unas setenta mil personas, entre monjes y opositores, protestan contra la represión y las redadas ordenadas por la Junta Militar para acabar con las multitudinarias manifestaciones.

Según informaciones de testigos a emisoras de radio de la disidencia, el Ejército ha lanzado un ultimátum a los manifestantes para que abandonen las calles y regresen a sus casas. En caso contrario usaran sus armas. La respuesta de los opositores fueron consignas contra el régimen militar y gritos de “¡Asesinos, asesinos!” y “¡Venceremos, venceremos!”. Desde la mañana de este jueves, los enfrentamientos han dejado al menos un muerto, decenas de heridos y más de cien detenidos.

En el monasterio Ngwe Kyar Yan unas diez mil personas se enfrentaron a los soldados y policías estacionados en el lugar para impedir que se formase una nueva movilización. En la pagoda de Sule, en el casco viejo de la ciudad, otros varios cientos de personas protagonizaron una sentada, apoyando con cantos y rezos a un grupo de bonzos, hasta que los cuerpos de seguridad cargaron para dispersar la protesta con disparos y botes de humo. Los manifestantes, algunos de ellos con heridas, escapaba por las calles adyacentes de la carga.

Y China sigue apoyando a su aliado, que no es otro que la Junta birmana. Leed el link, incluido en la parte en inglés, que he puesto más arriba de DE. :evil:

Burmanet.org is not reachable!!! (+)

Burmanet.org can’t be accessed. The page says it has some errors. But some hours ago it was totally on.

What has happened??? Has it been hacked??

(+) It’s online again. Uffffffffff! :P

Related posts:

  1. Military Junta threatens to kill anyone who does not obey curfew (+)
  2. Five monks killed in Burma (+)
  3. Toque de queda en Rangún – Curfews in Burma (+) (+)
  4. Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years (+)

Military Junta threatens to kill anyone who does not obey curfew

The repression continues.

De El Mundo.es:

A las 21 horas entró en vigor en Birmania, rebautizada Myanmar por el régimen militar que gobierna el país, el toque de queda que estará vigente hasta las cinco de la mañana (9.30 hora peninsular española) y se extenderá durante 60 días.

Las calles han quedado desiertas tras una jornada de violencia en la que al menos cinco personas han muerto. La Junta ha amenazado con disparar a todo el que desafíe el aviso.

Es el resultado de la represión militar contra cientos de monjes y otros tantos opositores al gobierno de la Junta Militar que desde hace días se manifiestan pacíficamente en la principal ciudad birmana, Rangún, por la democratización del país.

Soldados del ejército cargaron por la mañana contra los manifestantes para reprimir las movilizaciones, tal y como habían advertido que harían.

[…] en las proximidades de la pagoda de Shwedagon, decenas de monjes fueron golpeados por las fuerzas de seguridad antes de ser arrojados dentro de varios camiones del Ejército que se dirigían a centros de detención. Algunas fuentes afirman que los detenidos son unos 200.

“Aunque se puedan producir enfrentamientos, hemos decidido arriesgar nuestras vidas por el pueblo“, dijo un veterano bonzo de la Alianza de Todos los Monjes Budistas de Birmania (Myanmar), según la revista ‘The Irrawaddy’. En la pagoda de Sule les esperan tropas armadas con ametralladoras y agentes antidisturbios con la orden de disolver cualquier asamblea pública de más de cinco personas.

No tememos ninguna amenaza de los militares, no son rival para nosotros. Continuaremos con nuestra lucha”, indicó el portavoz de la Alianza de Todos los Monjes Budistas de Birmania, U Adipati, en un comunicado, según informó EFE. Applauseemoticon

En las calles, al paso de los manifestantes, la gente se arrodillaba, juntaba las palmas de las manos y, entre lágrimas, hacía un gesto de reverencia para agradecerles su esfuerzo en la lucha contra los Generales y la dictadura.


The curfew begun at 5 a.m (Burma time) and will last the next 60 days. The Military Junta has threatened to kill anyone who does not obey the curfew.

In the proximities of the pagoda of Shwedagon, dozens of monks were beaten by security forces before being thrown into several trucks which drove them to detaining centers. Some sources say the detained are more or less 200.

They have decided to risk their lifes for the people, and the people is thanking them the effort in the fight against the Generals and the dictatorship, kneeling when they pass and putting the hands together, while they sob.

We don’t fear any menace from the military, they are no rival for us. We will continue our fight“, stated the speakerperson for the Alliance of All the Burmese Buddhists Monks, U Adipati, in a communiqué for the press.Applause emoticon

Five monks killed in Burma

From CNN:

At least five protesters have been killed by Myanmar security forces Wednesday, according to opposition reports, as the anticipated crackdown began.

Speaking to CNN, Aye Chan Naing of Oslo-based opposition group Democratic Voice of Burma, said it had heard that at least five monks had been killed.

Tx to Kate.

I was worried yesterday because of this.

Burmanet has more. An excerpt:

Junta’s preparations

Sources said, the junta has envisaged that the protesting monks would continue despite their restrictions, and that the junta has plans to instigate violence among the demonstrators so as to project the demonstration is going out of control.

If the information is true, as part of the junta’s plan, government-backed thugs taking the form of protesters would attack and destroy Tharmwe Township Peace and Development Council office, and as more people join the attack the army will open fire on protesters, on the pretext that it is protecting government properties.


Al menos cinco monjes han sido asesinados en Birmania durante las protestas lideradas por los monjes, según el grupo opositor Democratic Voice of Burma.

Pero hay más: según Burmanet.org, website especializada en noticias sobre Birmania, la Junta ha elaborado un plan consistente en instigar la violencia entre los manifestantes, mediante la inflitración de matones a sueldo que inicien ataques contra sitios oficiales. Al parecer el primero consisitiría en atacar y destruir la Oficina del Consejo del Desarrollo y Paz de la Ciudad de Tharmwe. Conforme más personas se unieran a los atacantes, la policía abriría fuego directo contra los manifestantes, bajo pretexto de que estaban protegiendo propiedades públicas.

También se han visto soldados totalmente armados por la ciudad de Rangún.