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Burma: the beat-down goes on

Despite the attempt by the ruling military regime to cut off communications with the outside world, some news continues to trickle out of the South Asian nation, as posted here Monday night. Now CNN has received a video, at least two days old, which gives a tiny glimpse into what is happening. Gateway Pundit has that, and more:

WARNING: disturbing violence.

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari was finally allowed an audience with the junta's Senior General Than Shwe after being put off for days. He is now returning to New York, where he will report to the UN on the crisis.

The UN is already calling on the regime to cooperate in releasing information about those killed and arrested, according to Bloomberg.com. Having apparently crushed the protests, the police are now hunting down activists, according to the Associated Press:

After squashing a pro-democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar's junta switched to a terror campaign, dragging people from their homes at night and letting others know they were marked for arrest.

Military vehicles patrolled the streets before dawn Wednesday with loudspeakers blaring, "We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!"

Buddhist monks in the main city of Yangon were ordered to vacate their monasteries -- the flash points of protests last week -- and told to go back home to prevent future unrest.

Scores of monks jammed Yangon's main train station but it was not clear who had ordered them to leave. Some in Myanmar say the older abbots are closely tied with the junta, while the younger monks are more sympathetic to the democracy protesters.

"People are terrified," said Shari Villarosa, the acting U.S. ambassador in Myanmar. "People have been unhappy for a long time. Since the events of last week, there's now the unhappiness combined with anger, and fear."

Read the rest at the link above. As I've said before, China is the only country with enough influence on the junta to force any action, and the Chinese government has never shown great concern for human rights.


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Comments (13)

Note to America-bashing moo... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Note to America-bashing moonbats: The next time you feel like spewing "Bush hates dissent" or "I can't speak out" or you march through the streets chanting "America is the real terrorist" and other vile anti-American filth, take a long, long, long look at this video and see what happens to REAL dissenters in TRULY oppressive places like Myanamar. Then take a long BIG sip of STFU.

Isn't this the type of stuf... (Below threshold)

Isn't this the type of stuff that Hollywood is tells the UN to get involved with? Other than Rambo I haven't seen anyone say anything.

Free Burma!Internati... (Below threshold)

Free Burma!
International Bloggers' Day for Burma on the 4th of October

International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!".


So when is HANOI JANE going... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

So when is HANOI JANE going to drive her peace bus to the embassy of burma and hold a protest over this when will hollywood show its allliance with thoose monks being murdered when will some wacko show their sympathy?

The moonbats don't have muc... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

The moonbats don't have much to say because this is what they want to do to the "Christianists" when Empress Hillary takes over.

You won't see any of the re... (Below threshold)

You won't see any of the regular celebrity "Protesters" in Myanmar.

1. Most of them don't even know where it is.

2. Some that do know where it is won't go because there isn't access to international television.

3. The rest won't go because they know they would get beat like a buddhist monk for protesting.

Actually this is rather mil... (Below threshold)

Actually this is rather mild compared to what I was expecting, but it's bad enough. What's bad about this is that they hit people after restraining them; it's not like they drive away a violent crowd with sticks - that would be perfectly defensible - but to hit people like that even when they're clearly under control and not fighting and not screaming "don't cane me gook!". Of course, the really scary stuff - disappearances and killings - is harder to catch on tape.

It's like they're driving c... (Below threshold)

It's like they're driving cattle badly - you'd lose your job as a cattle driver if you acted like that. Don't know about prosecution.

Thousands have been killed ... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Thousands have been killed standing up for democracy.
Where are the calls from our President, Vice-President, Fox news....
That we send troops into there?
You all dismiss moonbats....what are YOU prepared to do to send a message?
No where...at this time...on our planet, are people of courage willing to face death for democracy more than here...
and the response from Bush and Conservative radio and Fox?

(crickets chirping)

A link<a href="http:... (Below threshold)
nogo war:
Nogo War, since opponents o... (Below threshold)

Nogo War, since opponents of the President's policies claim that "international" institutions can solve these problems, lets see the UN fix it.

** chirp ** ** chirp ** yourself.

nogo:Do you actual... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:


Do you actually read.


(That was rhetorical.)

They're Burmese, not Myanma... (Below threshold)

They're Burmese, not Myanmartians, calling for freedom. CNN continues to call Burma "Myanmar," simply because the thugs in charge call it Myanmar. But the thugs in charge know they are clubbing and killing the people of Burma.






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