Friday, September 28, 2007

Burma: from a friend

Watching the news about Burma hits a bit of a chord with me. When i lived in Thailand, I was only 22 km from Burma, I was all too aware to the political situation there, Aung Sung Suu Kyi was a staple in conversation amongst Peace Corps Volunteers. Watching the news right now breaks my heart. This will only involve more bloodshed and I still cannot swallow why the international governments do not get involved. Please read below for some more info:

This is an online conversation my friend hadtoday with her former Burmese co-worker Kyaw Lin Oo, who she worked with on tsunami relief projects in Southern Thailand. He desperately wants us to help get this message out to people in America and other countries that maybe in support of the Burmese people under attack. He is not able to return to his home country because he was black listed many years ago after his participation as a Student Leader in the 1998 student demonstration in Yangon. Because of this, he tries to raise awareness from the outside. He is currently writing political commentaries and analyses for various news websites.

Please show your support by wearing a red shirt Friday, by become educated on the Burmese protests if you aren't already, and by spreading the word. The protests started out non-violent, and are lead by the monks of Burma, but they have recently turned violent - monks are being killed by the regime. There are multiple articles on CNN and BBC, and many other news websites.
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Kyaw: hello
Sent at 8:56 PM on Wednesday
me: hi
how are you? how's the burma situation today?
Sent at 9:09 PM on Wednesday
Kyaw: Attention!!! In support of our incredibly brave friends in Burma: May all people around the world wear a red shirt on Friday, Sept 28. Please Forward it.
we need helps from friends arround the world\
the regime killed at least five monks yesterday
Sent at 9:13 PM on Wednesday
Kyaw: pls helps us for international intervention
not only from UN, any country which has sympathy toward Burmese
Sent at 9:15 PM on Wednesday
me: ok, i will forward to everyone
Kyaw: please put pressure on ur respective government for international intervention
we need helps from our friends
Sent at 9:20 PM on Wednesday
Kyaw: About 300 army soldiers arrive Rgn last night.
1 column of monks and people from Thaketa marching to downtown now.
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And from yesterday:

me: what do you think about the protests?
3:03 PM Kyaw: it will be prolong
u know about that also?
me: it will go on for a long time?
3:04 PM Kyaw: yes
me: that's good though, right?
Kyaw: yes, but
the regime wont tollarate for so long
3:05 PM me: so what's going to happen do you think?
3:06 PM will it have any impact?
Kyaw: now, the regime is trying to supress
3:07 PM but even the soliders at lower rank cannot follow to suppress to monks
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they don't follow the order
3:08 PM me: it will look very bad if they supress the monks though, right?
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won't it upset the people and cause an outcry?
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3:09 PM Kyaw: yes, this is the one they afaid
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so, they are making the people to be scare
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3:10 PM especially, the people who are going to particiapte the protests with monks
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me: are you hopeful at all for what this may bring?
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3:11 PM Kyaw: yes, hoping and trying to get done peacefully
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3:12 PM me: it's good it's so huge in there international news
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Kyaw: yes
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me: it will bring a lot of international attention to the issue
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Kyaw: yes
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3:13 PM ur president is saying about this issue very often whenever he got chance*
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me: is he saying good things though? he's so terrible...
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3:14 PM Kyaw: yes, at least he want to see Burmese people liberated, i think
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3:15 PM me: good... well at least he's creating awareness around the issue, i think most people around the world have no idea what's been going on in burma for so long
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3:16 PM but more and more people are starting to become aware.
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Kyaw: yes
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5 minutes
3:21 PM me: do you think it will stay non violent?
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3:22 PM Kyaw: monks side is trying to be non violent but, from regime also, they cannot use force coz of the reason that i mentioned before
3:23 PM but, they want to arrest the leaders
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