Monthly Archives: September 2007
I noticed that people who commented on my Youtube video of the death of Kenji Nagai were erroneously stating that Myanmar, formally Burma, didn’t have any oil..that’s why BushCo or the US in general hasn’t done anything to stem the dictatorship there.
Wrong my dear readers…wrong..wrong..very wrong. From AP we get this nice, tidy explanation of things you should know about Myanmar:
A look at the insular military leadership behind the recent crackdown in Myanmar:
WHO THEY ARE
First among equals in the current regime is Senior Gen. Than Shwe. He is said to be superstitious and to consult with astrologers, but otherwise has a public image that is taciturn in the extreme. No. 2 is Deputy Senior Gen. Maung Aye, whose reputation is, if anything, more ruthless than Than Shwe’s, probably because he has more field combat experience from fighting ethnic rebels. Soldiers in the 400,000-strong military live secluded from civilian life in isolated barracks; their families are provided with housing as well.
HOW THEY CAME TO POWER
The State Peace and Development Council, as the ruling junta is formally known, replaced another dictatorship in 1988 after suppressing a pro-democracy uprising. The previous regime, led by Ne Win, destroyed what had been one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies, restricting tourist visas to one week and refusing all foreign investment.
HOW THEY KEEP POWER
Than Shwe’s government has opened up the country to foreign investment. Myanmar is rich in natural resources and has survived by cultivating investment in its potentially vast oil and gas reserves. Neighboring China and India curry favor with the junta because of Myanmar’s strategic location on the Indian Ocean and its oil and natural gas resources. China is the regime’s main ally, supplying the most diplomatic muscle at international forums.
PREVIOUS RESISTENCE TO THEIR RULE
In 1988, the army violently suppressed mass demonstrations against the military dictatorship, though some members of the air force changed sides and supported the protesters. Monk-led street protests threatened the junta’s power again after the government refused to accept the outcome of a 1990 vote, in which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party won a landslide victory. The regime responded with several months of raids on hundreds of pagodas and the arrests of hundreds of monks.
All emphasis is mine btw..So China likes the way the junta controls the population..thats why the UN will NEVER do anything to help the people of Myanmar..because China will veto ANYTHING that changes the status quo. Bastids..
But get this..he did meet with the country’s leading opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi! The idiots running the country actually let her leave the house where she has been under arrest, Suu Kyi has spent 12 of the last 18 years under house arrest. Her party won the last real elections held there..but they were never allowed to assume the reins of the government. The military mutha fuckas wouldn’t allow THAT to happen..hell they have a good thing going there don’t ya know? From the article linked above:
On Sunday, the number of troops in Yangon, the largest city, swelled to about 20,000 after reinforcements arrived overnight, ensuring that almost all demonstrators would remain off the streets, an Asian diplomat said on condition of anonymity.
“The security forces are demonstrating their strength,” he said. “I think the chance of protesters coming to the road and mobilizing enough people to topple the junta is zero.”
A few monks were seen in a neighborhood on their customary morning round for alms.
“We are not going to protest any more. Rather we will conduct peaceful protests. We Buddhists believe that dhamma (Buddha’s teachings) will finally win over evil,” said one monk.
People suspected of leading or organizing this week’s rallies continue to be arrested, the Asian diplomat said, estimating the total number could be as high as 1,000, including several prominent members of the NLD. They joined an estimated 1,100 other political detainees who have languished in jails since before the current turmoil began.
With the main prison overcrowded, people are now being detained in university buildings and educational institutes, he said.
Below is the bag of batshit that runs the country. His name is General Than Shwe. Real piece of work that sumbitch.
How many here would take that stand? Who among us would face an armed soldier with only a stick or slingshot? I don’t think I would..and I am being honest with myself.
“If we just stood by, not even dogs would survive in Burma under these bastards’ brutality and inhumanity,” the resident continued, pledging that residents were ready to assist the monks whenever their help was needed.
Army troops attempting to raid monasteries in Mandalay and Rangoon last night were forced to withdraw by local residents.
Troops approaching the monasteries backed off after seeing people from the surrounding areas armed with sticks and slingshots preparing to stop them.
In Mandalay, Masoyein (Old and New), Mya Taung, Veitthudayon, Phayagyi and Dhammikarama monasteries were targeted.
Residents had heard rumours of impending raids and made preparations to thwart the security forces’ approach.
“We set up an alert system of banging pots and pans when anyone saw soldiers approaching the monastery, and we prepared ourselves with any available weapons to stop these unholy people from harassing the monks,” said a Mandalay resident.
The UN stopped by Myanmar today to check it out..and deliver a message from the UN Secretary.
Whoopi fuck, did you stop and visit the monks that have been jailed? Or perhaps the morgue to see how many dead there really are?
There is video out of Myanmar which captures the shooting of the japanese journalist Kenji Nagai.
The brutality is evident in the video. The callous murder of the the Japanese journalist is mind numbing. They killed him because he was filming the protest..and nothing more. AP has a writeup here. The death toll is probably much higher than the government is letting on. Below is the YouTube version of the video. I just uploaded it to YouTube so when it becomes available it will show here on my site. Democracy Now! has a good interview up with an activist from Burma. Htun Aung Gway, President of the U.S.-based Civil Society for Burma. He is the former president of the All Burma Student Democratic Front that led the protests of 1974 and 1988. He was imprisoned for five years in Burma and came to the United States in 1992 after living in the jungle on the Burmese-Thai border for 4 years. He now lives in Chicago.
The uprising in Burma is getting worse by the day. People are dying simply because they are speaking out..because they are protesting and trying to let the world know how horrible it is ‘over there’. The Independant has an article up that I felt the need to share. As some know my family is dealing with a death here in our extended family. A death that left more questions than answers. The same goes for the death of this Japanese reporter and the monks who are also risking their lives to get the truth out. His death must be recognized for what it is..a government trying to silence the people, in whatever heinous, brutal fashion they can. We can not be silent..for those that paid with their lives.. we must get the word out.
Shot dead trying to show the real picture of Burma
Images suggest that Japanese video journalist was a victim of Burma’s repressive junta By Claire Soares Published: 28 September 2007
Dodging the bloodstained sandals and the panic-stricken masses who fled troops near Sule Pagoda in the centre of the Burmese capital Rangoon yesterday, Kenji Nagai kept his camera rolling, recording vital footage of Burma’s closed society and providing a lifeline to the outside world for the protesting monks and civilians who were risking their lives for much-needed change.
Then, in one dreadful moment, the Japanese video journalist took a bullet in the chest – almost certainly from the gun of a Burmese soldier.
We cannot be certain of the exact circumstances in which Mr Nagai died, but a series of pictures appears to suggest he was callously gunned down, a victim of the repressive junta who are almost as keen to quell the worldwide media coverage of the protests as they are to quell the protests themselves.
Burmese state television has been running news bulletins accusing global broadcasters of pumping out a “Skyful of lies”. It fell to Mr Nagai’s father to identify his son, who was working for the Japanese news agency APF News, from photos and videos taken in the street where he was killed. Japan has lodged a protest with the Burmese authorities. Mr Nagai was one of at least nine people known to have been killed in Rangoon yesterday. There may have been more. It seems unlikely that they will have been the last.