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Monday, October 1, 2007

Burma Report: Massacre of Monks

Today's items - updated:

Executed: The body of a Buddhist monk floats in a river[UK] / Daily Mail:
Burma: Thousands dead in the massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle
— Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma's ruling junta has revealed. — The most senior official to defect so far [...]

Mike Nizza / The Ledge blog / NY Times:
Hints of a Vast, Grim Toll in Burma -- Now comes an unconfirmed report in The Daily Mail in Britain with a staggering claim of mass slaughter. The paper quotes Hla Win, described as a Burmese general who has deserted his post in protest of the regime’s harsh tactics. [...]

Aside from the Burmese general’s account, other reports seemed to suggest that we may now be watching the aftermath of a very bloody crackdown just a week after 100,000 protesters took to the streets. The Irrawaddy, one of the leading Burmese news sources, headlines its article today on the crackdown “Burma Erupts: Killing Field.” [...]
Burma blogger NIknayman [on Burma blogger list above] posted this video today showing death on the streets of Rangoon:

via Gateway Pundit

[Australia] / Herald-Sun:
Massacre of the monks in Burma -- A SENIOR Burmese intelligence official claims thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle.

After defecting from the military junta and fleeing to the Thai border, Hla Win told a reporter from London's Daily Mail: "Many more people have been killed in recent days than you've heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand."

The horrific details emerged as Burma's top general continued to snub the UN's peace envoy, who is in Rangoon on a mission to convey the world's outrage to the junta. [...]
[Australia] / Daily Telegraph:
Country's internet link shut after violence -- From correspondents in Yangon -- BURMA'S main internet link remained shut for a third day straight as the ruling regime tried to curb the flow of information during a bloody crackdown against protestors.

"I tried this morning again but it's failed again. I haven't been able to check myemail since Friday," said one Yangon resident.

Internet cafes in the main city of Yangon also remained closed.

Over the past week, tech-savvy citizens used the cybercafes to transmit pictures and video clips of the regime's clampdown taken on mobile phones and digital cameras.

"People inside Burma can't send emails or news to outside organisations," said Kho Win Aung from activist group Shwe Gas Movement.

"So they are losing their chance to express what's happening in Myanmar," the Thailand-based activist said.

The Government began a crackdown on protesters last week, killing at least 13 people and injuring hundreds more, in a campaign that has also intensified pressure on media operating in the country. [...]
comment: There is some nasty stuff going on in Burma. One of the Burmese blogs listed above [OppositEye - be careful] had to be removed from the list. The blog was taken down and replaced with a web page that locked up our web browser once and now has vulgar graffiti. The title of the blog was also changed to "This blog was changed by Slaves of Su Kyi." Aung San Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist in Burma. You have to wonder if something bad happened to that Burmese blogger?

ko-htike's prosaic collection blog:
Please Help Monks!!!!!!!!!! -- Reports emerging from Rangoon indicate that the temporary detention centres based in Yangon Institute of Technology and General Institute of Technology (GTI) is currently detaining 500 hundred monks.

The monks are refusing to accept Sune (Alms food.....food offering given to monk by layperson just before 12 noon as main meal of the day) from the military junta. The local population approached these detention centres to offer food and they have been turned away by the authorities. Technically, the monks are unintentionally on huger

We contacted the International Red Cross's (ICRC) office and UNHCR in Rangoon. The UN's office refused to help and ICRC bucked the responsibility on their head office in Geneva.

Please write or Phone to ICRC, e-mail Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Every governments contribute funds in the running of the UN bodies and therefore you persuade the PM and the Foreign Secretary to pressure the UN organisations to take action on or least ask them if they provide value for money service to the world humanity. [...]
Agam's Gecko blog:
Wong Chun Wai/ Malaysia Star:
They shoot monks, don’t they? -- It took a while but the government that shot monks in Vietnam was eventually toppled. We hope the same happens in Myanmar.

IT’S the wrath of the people – that best describes the uprising of the people of Myanmar who have had enough of the dictatorship in their country, who has turned the mineral-rich country into an exporter of cheap labour.

The military generals have ruled the country for 42 years with an iron fist and it is unlikely that they will let go of their grip. They have retaliated with guns and bullets, the only language the junta knows.

But now, the generals have been tested as never before. The unprecedented protest march by the monks, in a devoutly Buddhist nation, must have caught the junta by surprise. [...]

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