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A Devastating Lesson from Myanmar

October 1, 2007

It sparked like lightning from the heavens. It was then followed by thunderous shrieks of tired and fed up people who marched the deadly streets of this seemingly god-forsaken land.

This woeful land is, of course, Myanmar, a country that cries for the return of democracy. A torrential stream of thousands of angry people led by saffron-clad monks took to the streets of Myanmar since August, demanding that democracy be given back to this military-ruled nation formerly known as Burma and its people.

Hundreds of thousand of protesters continue to defy the ruling military junta notwithstanding that several protesters, including a Japanese journalist, have been killed by ruthless Burmese authorities. International observers feared that the number of unreported deaths is even greater than the official count of the military junta.

The protest began in August in response to the doubling of fuel prices, including the price of liquefied petroleum gas.

A CNN report revealed that a gas field jointly owned by France’s Total Gas, America’s Chevron and Thailand’s Petroleum Authority had been a lightning rod of criticisms since first explored over a decade ago. Now Myanmar’s ongoing oil crisis which led to the doubling of oil prices triggered off the people to unleash their decades of pent-up anger and emotions at the despotic military regime.

In an effort to quell the ongoing tensions between the military junta and protesters, United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari met Sunday with Myanmar’s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Gambari’s hour-long meeting with Suu Kyi was a very rare occurrence in the totalitarian regime since the country’s pro-democracy leader is under house arrest and has been barred by the military leaders from meeting with foreigners.

The UN envoy planned to tell the junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, “about the international outrage over what has happened and will urge him to talk with various people and try to resolve the problems peacefully.”

Amidst a growing international outrage at Myanmar’s authorities brutal dealing with the peaceful protests, the military junta through its online website accused the monks of threatening the people to join the protest or “provide cash”.

“The government has been striving day and night together with the people for the emergence of a peaceful, modern and developed discipline-flourishing democratic nation,” it said in a news story titled New Light of Myanmar.

Contrary to the regime’s outrageous claim that it strives to restore a democratic nation, several protesters were killed in an open fire by police authorities. The continuing protest, which is a sign of people’s defiance of the ruthless regime, brings back the callous picture of the 1988 student uprising that killed about 5,000 protesters.

The international community is also joining the people in Myanmar in their deadly quest for democracy. People in both third world and developed countries like Philippines, Thailand, United States, Rome, France and Great Britain have called on the despotic military regime to restore democracy in Myanmar.

There’s also a campaign that aims to identify multi-national corporations that continue to support the military regime. An observer says that those companies that support the regime also support the genocide that is taking place in the said country.

Because of this, France President Nicolas Sarkozy urged French businesses, including oil giant Total, to freeze investment in Myanmar and called for the swift adoption of U.N. sanctions over the junta’s violent crackdown on protestors.

The Burma Campaign branded France’s Total (Totalitarian) Oil as a corporation that “fuels the oppression in Burma.” It has also a list of foreign companies and corporations or the dirty list that support the military regime like Abercrombie and Kent, Alcatel, Petronas, Rolls-Royce, Shangri-La Hotels, Siemens, Suzuki, and others.

The campaign based in United Kingdom also has a clean list that contains the names of companies that “have either pulled out of Burma, or made a principled decision not to become involved in Burma.” The list includes among others, Adidas, Apple Computer, Burton, Carlsberg, Clarks, IBM, Jansport, Levi Strauss, Motorola, and Reebok.

The Burma Campaign UK aims to achieve the restoration of human rights and democracy in Burma through: 1) the discouragement of trade, investment and tourism (including pressure for sanctions; 2) the raising of public awareness of issues relating to Burma; 3 international pressure on the UK government, on the European Union (EU), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN).

Note: I’m posting these brutal and outrageous photos lifted from to show the world the extreme tyranny and evil that reign in Myanmar. You be the judge.

A victim of an Islamic terror attack. He appears to have died in an explosion or fire, though his body may have been scorched after he was already dead.A victim of an Islamic terror attack. He appears to have died in an explosion or fire, though his body may have been scorched after he was already dead. His attackers tried (unsuccessfully) to hack off his head.A brutally murdered victim left to die on this train railway.The Thai military inspecting a Buddhist monk, somewhere in the Muslim-majority area of southern Thailand.The Thai military inspecting a Buddhist monk, somewhere in the Muslim-majority area of southern Thailand.A brutally murdered victim left to die on this train railway.His attackers tried (unsuccessfully) to hack off his head.

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  1. May 6, 2013 3:38

    Has your views change since this article?

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