Thursday, September 27, 2007

Myanmar (Burma)'s Yellow Revolution--it is Over?

"The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you." - General Dwight David Eisenhower to the American troops just prior to the invasion of Normandy."

Update, September 29, 2007: The word now is that the Internet is now completely cut off, although there are a number of dissidents from Burma in Thailand who are continuing to send coverage to CNN if available. Where there were hopes for freedom, there is now despair. The number of persons killed is unknown.
There is amazing video coming from Burma (it's the military junta opposing the monks who renamed the country Myanmar, and who put up the poster shown above.) Blogs are reporting blog blocking, and the content of several blogs has disappeared entirely. The BBC has a great deal of coverage, but even they admit they are confused about exactly what is happening.

There is definite evidence that the security forces beating people over the head with rifle butts, raiding monasteries by night, and taking away Buddhist monks in prison vans. The monks continue to march, chanting prayers. Photos increasingly feature tear gas, wounded monks, and security forces.

There are reports of telephone lines down, and reports of cell phone outages, including the fact that no one has been able to reached by cell phone in Yangon since September 25. There is fear that the repressive military regime is working to cut off all communication with the outside world before the real reprisals begin.

Myanmar Brig. Gen. Thura Myint Maung Maung -- who notes that the protesting monks make up only two percent of the country's population -- has asked senior monks to end the protests that have gripped the country, telling them that if they fail to do so, the army will act.


Anonymous C.A.B. said...

This updated story is so very sad.

“Tell them to send foreign troops, UN troops,” said a young monk at the Mwe Kya Kan pagoda. “Please, fly them to our country to save our lives.”

Sep 28, 2007, 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Could you go to and get a tiny url and repost? the link you were kind enough to give us is too long to be seen.

I now hear that the Internet is completely shut off.

Sep 29, 2007, 4:18:00 AM  

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