People Power

People Power

PEOPLE POWER IN BURMA It all started with a fuel price hike of 200-400%. Protesters took to the streets and a few weeks later were joined by Buddhist monks (who initially were asking for an apology for the SPDC beating a fellow monk in the preceding weeks). At the height of the protests, 100,000 people joined in the marches. Then came the restriction. A night-time curfew was imposed and monks were arrested by the thousands. Whilst the official death toll stands at 13, beaten monks and dissidents claim it to be much more. Unconfirmed reports have been filtering out of the mass-beatings and possible killing of the monks in the aftermath. NOTE: Articles appearing on this page reflect only the views of the author and not those of the Voices for Burma.

Myanmar must not squander rare chance: analysts
AFP By Charlie McDonald-Gibson BANGKOK, Nov 9, 2007
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi tells colleagues she is ‘very optimistic’ over prospects for talks
By AYE AYE WIN Associated Press November 9, 2007
Myanmar Dissident Meets With Party
New York Times By THOMAS FULLER Published: November 10, 2007
Statement by Aung San Suu Kyi – 8th November 2007
The Associated Press Published: November 8, 2007 SINGAPORE: Following is the text of the statement by Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, released Thursday by U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari.
News from October

News from September
Articles and commentaries covering the events from September 23 to September 29. This included the 100,000 strong protests, the restriction, the deaths of 13 people (although this is expected to be significantly higher, reports from inside Burma suggest closer to 200), the arrest of thousands of monks, and the visit by Gambari.
Eye-witness accounts from tourists
This page contains some accounts from tourists during the restriction
Junta “eliminating” soldiers who fired on monks
An article in Asia News on 17th November, 2007, reports on the junta’s continued propoganda campaign and the efforts they are taking to eliminate all evidence and witnesses of the September repression.
IMF sees limited sanctions impact on Myanmar
Darren Schuettler reports on the impact of economic sanctions in Burma imposed after the events in September and discusses the broader economical situation in Burma.

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