Saturday, October 06, 2007

Estates Near Shwedagon Being Investigated and Relocated

Source: Radio Free Asia

RFA reported that families living in estates located near the eastern gate of Shwedagon Pagoda, where large scale protests gathered momentum last week, were not only being investigated, but also allegedly being forced to relocate.

RFA has earlier reported that these families were being taken away in military vehicles.

The latest allegations came from residents of nearby estates who told RFA that junta has been arranging for the relocation of whole wards, who are believed to have helped the monks during the protests. Sources said that at about 2 am in the morning, junta took away all family members of each household, including children. The families have reportedly also been told to arrange for their own relocation.

There are believed to be about 300 households being relocated. An eyewitness said:
"They came at about 2am, and woke everyone up. Only the old people were allowed to stay. They told each of them to bring 3 sets of clothes. We don't know where they have been taken to. They were made to lower their heads and put their hands on their heads. Then they took them away."

For the original article in Burmese, please click here.

6th October: Global Day of Action for Burma

Today is the Global Day of Action.

Protests are expected across the world at noon local time. They have already been scheduled in key locations including: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Ireland, France, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, the UK and the US. In the UK, the protest is being organized by 25 organizations including Burma Campaign UK, Amnesty International and the TUC.

Source: Trades Union Congress

Here are the list of some of the events planned to show solidarity with the Burmese people in their fight against a repressive regime. This list will be updated as and when we get more information.


Time: 12 Noon
Venue: Banks of Yarra (near the boat sheds, opposite the Arts Centre - southern river bank)

Time: 12.30 pm
Venue: Martin Place (Sydney CBD)

Time: 3pm
Venue: Villawood Senior Citizens Centre, Villawood Rd [close to Villawood Station]

Time: 2pm
Venue: Cultural Forecourt, Southbank

New Zealand

Time: From 12 noon
Venue: Upper Octagon, city

Time: 12pm - 3pm
Venue: Victoria Square (cnr Armagh and Colombo Streets)

Palmerston North
Time: From 2pm
Venue: By the Cenotaph, the Square

Time: 12 pm - 2pm
Venue: Civic Square Speakers


Click here for a picture of the protest in Bangkok.

United Kingdom

Time: From 3pm
Venue: Princes Street Gardens West (near the floral clock) where a magnolia tree was planted in honour of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, when she was awarded Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 2005


Time: From noon
Venue: George Square

Junta's Strategy: Use Soldiers as Scapegoats to Exterminate Monks and Students

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

On a widely circulating sound file, a monk was heard instructing junta to take harsh action against disciples of Buddha, students, and soldiers.

The monk, who remains unidentified, appeared to have briefed the top officials right after the monks from PaKokku were arrested and beaten into submission. On the sound file, the monk was heard supporting Junta's actions and told them to be decisive in carrying out their crackdown.

The monk told his audience to be wary of 3 powers: Monks, students, and soldiers. He counselled the junta to eliminate all elements of rebellion, and also to wipe out any evidence.

A source close to the Defense Head Quarters said that the junta has issued secret orders to use the Commander and soldiers of Battalion 66, which has been in charge of the crackdown on monks, as the scapegoat and to subsequently finish them off.

For the full report in Burmese, please follow this link:

Latest Photos: The Dead and Injured


Myochitmyanmar and Niknayman have updated with new photos from Burma.

Warning: The photos contain disturbing images.

To view the photos, please visit
Myochitmyanmar or Niknayman.

China Conducts Checks on Burmese Monasteries at the Border


5th October 2007

DVB reported that Chinese officials on Thursday conducted checks on the Burmese monasteries at the Chinese-Burmese Border for visiting monks from Burma.

Eyewitnesses said that officials visited monasteries in a border town to investigate if there were any new monks from Burma.

According to DVB, since late last month, the officials notified the monasteries not to accept any burmese monks from across the border.

Insiders also said that border officials have been requested by the junta to detain and repatriate any monks who have come to the border to escape the junta.

For the full story in Burmese, please follow this link:

Photos of People Crushed by Diesel Tanks

We received this picture via email. We are not able to verify it.

Warning: This photo contains disturbing images.

Click here to view the photo.

Text says that the protesters were killed on orders of the soldiers. As you can see from the photo, there are 2 soldiers on the left of the first frame. The person who took this photo also said that there were people in front of the truck. The left wheels of the truck are also seen leaving a solid track of blood.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Burmese Prime Minister Still Alive

Source: Mizzima

5th October 2007

Mizzima aplogised for the false news that Burmese Prime Minister Soe Win passed away on Tuesday. He is reportedly still warded in the military hospital in Rangoon.

For the full report, please follow this link:

Food Stocks in Western Burma Running out: UN Agency

Source: Relief Web

5th October 2007

GENEVA: Food stocks for 200,000 people in an aid dependent region of western Myanmar are running out after deliveries were blocked, the UN food agency said Friday.

For the full story, please follow this link:

Flaming Peacocks: Boycott China to Free Burma

Beijing has been especially bull-headed despite the push from the international community to use its position to exert diplomatic pressure on the junta. Just this evening (Yangon time), the Chinese ambassador to the UN objected to holding an open door session for Mr Ibrahim Gambari to brief the United Nations Security Council, saying that "Mr Gambari might be uncomfortable."

So, as supporters of the revolution, who are forced to watch helplessly as China keeps its big-brother stance to junta, what should we do?

Kick them where it hurts most.

Boycott the Olympics. Boycott any products with the label "Made in China".

Because money talks. And that seems to be the language of the Chinese.

Boycott the Olympics

China has been sparing no efforts to prepare for the 2008 Games, from demolishing old estates, building a state-of-the-art stadium inspired by bird nests, cutting down traffic to combat air pollution, and erecting clock towers all over Beijing to remind all its denizens of how the big day looms.

Obviously, it matters to China, and China has never denied it. After all, the Chinese Government is willing to demolish whole estates and displace its own people (in an eerily similar fashion to its burmese counterparts), just to clean up its image for the Olympics. (Of course, that's another story altogether, one that the international community should be well aware of as well.)

Boycott China-made Products

Yes, they are cheap, and yes, it is hard to avoid them; even when you think you are buying a genuine keepsake from Europe, it can in fact be made in China.

But it cannot be so difficult if you put your mind to it. As it is, many of these products have been found tainted with lead, or some other substance detrimental to health. You could get burned because your pyjamas are flammable. You could get seriously ill because the cough syrup contains industrial chemicals. You could be effectively be blinding your baby by feeding him/her milk powder lacking in essential proteins/vitamins.

So, after all, it isn't difficult to boycott China. The choice is yours.

As Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Su Kyi said, please use your liberty to promote ours.

Note: The title is borrowed from Patrick Cook-Deegan's article which can be found in the Brown Daily Herald.

More articles advocating the boycott of Beijing's 2008 Olympics can be found in the following publications: Belfast Telegraph , Washington Post , and The Australian

Jared Genser: A New Strategy for Burma

[This article was received via email]

5th October 2007

UN SPECIAL ENVOY Ibrahim Gambari left Myanmar Wednesday much as he arrived: with the military junta firmly in control, monks in jail, and the Burmese people fearful of more violence. In the words of Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon commenting on the visit: "You cannot call it a success."

Indeed, junta leader Than Shwe's offer of "dialogue" with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is transparently disingenuous because it is the same one he has put forward for years - that she abandon her support for sanctions and
her confrontational approach as a precondition of meeting.

As a result, the burden shifts back to the Security Council to see if it will take action. This is no surprise. For decades Myanmar has posed a challenge to the international community torn between a sanction-based approach and constructive engagement. In reality, this is a false dichotomy, and what is likely required now is both more sanctions and more engagement.

The sanction-based approach has been confined to Western democracies. The United States imposed a ban on new investment in 1997 and a ban on the import of many goods in 2003. The European Union, by contrast, imposes
limited sanctions on the junta. Rather than concluding economic sanctions have failed, it is more accurate to say they haven't really been tried, except by the United States.

In Asia, "constructive engagement" policies have prevailed. China, India, and Singapore , among others, have invested billions of dollars in the country. Most trade is centered around energy, timber, and gems. But this approach has demanded nothing in return from the Burmese junta. While Myanmar has been the subject of strongly worded and inconsequential UN resolutions condemning its human rights practices, the country is far from isolated.

A recent study by EarthRights International found that in the past decade more than 26 Chinese multinational companies have invested in 62 hydropower, oil and gas, and mining projects in Myanmar . In 2005, almost $425
million in goods were imported from Myanmar into the EU.

Yet little of this trade has yielded commensurate benefits for most Burmese. The military junta has built a new jungle capital, Naypidaw, and enjoyed a living standard far removed from the ordinary Burmese, who are among Asia's
poorest citizens. The junta's mismanagement, ironically, led to the current impasse: Desperate for hard currency, the generals raised gas prices 500 percent overnight in August, triggering a self-inflicted crisis, and subsequent crackdown.

Real political engagement and harder-hitting sanctions are now required from all actors - but starting especially at the United Nations. Gambari's visit to Myanmar came too slowly, and his prior visits - followed by such self-congratulatory predictions as the claim that the junta has "turned a new page" in its foreign relations - now look naive. The question now is if the Security Council will take any steps to express a clear message to the junta of its need to act.

This will be an uphill struggle, given China's seat at the table. Beijing's backing gives the junta little reason to change its behavior. So far, Beijing has refused to publicly condemn the military-led government. But pressure on China has worked before. A campaign to end China's military sales to Darfur has yielded important results. If Beijing remains
intransigent, countries such as the United States and EU members could call for an Olympic boycott. Beijing only needs to signal to the Burmese junta that the price for continuing to defend its actions is too high.

On the sanctions front, the EU and other like-minded countries could target economic sanctions at foreign investment in Myanmar's larger-scale, formal economic industries such as energy, timber, and gems. The formal economy is owned substantially by the military establishment, their families, and their associates. As three-quarters of Myanmar's people rely on the land to survive, these sanctions would have limited impact on average people in the country but could reduce its access to hard currency. And, as a start, the Security Council should adopt an arms embargo on the Burmese junta given its propensity to turn those arms on defenseless civilians.

Further targeted sanctions combined with a UN negotiator backed by the Security Council may be more persuasive to Burmese junta leader Than Shwe than today's current mishmash of policies. There is no easy solution. But the Burmese people have, yet again, signaled to the world that they yearn to be free. The question is whether the international community will heed their cry for help.

Jared Genser is an attorney in Washington and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Worldwide Prayer Sessions Held In Memory of Monks and Civilians Who Lost Their Lives


5th October 2007

Democratic Voice of Burma reported that special prayer meetings were held in various places in memory of the monks and civilians who sacrificed their lives during the demonstrations last week. These meetings were held countrywide, and aborad. Cities that participated include Yangon, Mandalay, Chiang Mai, New Delhi, and Washington D. C.

In Burma, the meetings were quiet and discreet as the threat of persecution by Junta is still fresh in the minds of the people. All monasteries and temples in Mandalay held these prayer sessions, and small groups of people gathered to hold candle light vigils.

A resident said that the people will continue protesting in their own homes even though the brutal crackdown meant that they cannot go out on the streets to carry out demonstrations.

"The junta is so afraid of losing their power that they would choose to misunderstand the intentions of people who stage peaceful demonstrations to the point of killing them. It was a heavy sacrifice. So in order to avoid such tragedies, our venerable monks are using a different tactic to pray for peace," added the resident who also said that there are plans to continue with such forms of quiet protests.

In Yangon, the sessions concluded by praying for the welfare of all beings. The names of the monasteries cannot be disclosed as they risk being attacked by the junta.

In Chiang Mai, the combined prayer session (for all religions) held yesterday at 5pm was attended by about 300 people including Bishops, Islamic Religious leaders, burmese expatriates and students, as well as thai nationals and nationals from western countries. It is reported that there will be another session on tonight.

About a hundred Burmese expatriates, joined by locals, meditated in front of the Burmese Embassy in Washington D. C this morning at 7am. The protesters have camped out round the clock in front of the embassy since August 22nd.

Burmese monks studying in New Delhi also organised a prayer session yesterday which saw about 360 monks in total. A monk from Sri Lanka, who attended the session, said:
"We have to stand with the monks who were brutally killed during the peaceful demonstrations. This is not an issue only related to Burmese monks. It has happened in Burma; it can happen to another country. Therefore, in the interest of Buddhism, we need to work in unison."

For original articles in Burmese, please click on the following links:
1. Mandalay:
2. Yangon:
3. Chiang Mai:
4. Washington D. C:
5. New Delhi:

Town Councils and Swan Arr Shin at the Recieving End of Boycotts


Monks and civilians are boycotting the members of Town Councils and the pro-junta thugs who call themselves Swan Arr Shin by ostracising them and by not patronising their businesses.

In Taung Kote, Arakan State, a resident said the locals snub the food stalls run by these members, and they would rather walk than take the trishaws pulled by them. He added that the strategy has proven to be effective. The residents have urged the other cities to do the same.

In Mandalay, after the monks have made known their intention to refuse to perform funeral rites for such members, their worried family members have asked them to leave the organisations. However, it was reported that they were not allowed to resign.

In WaKaeMa, Ayawaddi State, the monks and civilians have made a list of Town Council and Swan Arr Shin members and have vowed to blacklist and ostracise them. Any monks who agree to perform funeral rites for these people will have to face the Monks' Community for breaching the honour code of the monks.

For the full article in Burmese, please follow this link:

DASSK Considers Offer to Meet Than Shwe

Source: CNN

A spokesman from National League for Democracy, Daw Aung San Su Kyi's party, said that she is considering the offer in a positive light.

Gambari Briefs UNSC: Live on CNN

Source: CNN

UN envoy, Mr Ibrahim Gambari will brief the UN Security Council at 1900 GMT. Catch it live on CNN.

Burma: Don't Let Them Silence Us

Another email from the Avaaz Team. Please let us say that we really appreciate what they are doing for our people.

Dear friends,


Today, our petition to China and the UN Security Council to stop the brutal crackdown on peaceful Burmese protesters is being delivered to the world in a full page ad in the Financial Times worldwide -- but the ad was rejected by other newspapers like the South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times. Our message is an invitation to China to do the right thing in Burma, not an attack -- yet even that seemed too much for media that fear Chinese reprisals.

We won't let our voice be silenced like this. We're taking our message to the streets, in an international day of action on Saturday -- details are on our petition page, and below. And we're redoubling our efforts to make our voice louder: our petition is approaching 600,000 signatures, closing fast on our 1 million goal.The petition link is below - send this email to all your friends and family and help us reach 1 million voices by Saturday!

To organize an event for the global day of action, just follow the steps below. To attend an event, scroll down our petition page at the link above for a list of events around the world. Here's some simple steps for organizers:

Choose a public place or landmark in your town, and organize friends to go there all wearing the same maroon red clothing as the Burmese monks. Tell local media about your plans, and email the details and contact information to -- we will try to advertise your event on our petition page. Ask people attending your event to share their feelings on this crisis and the need for action, and then tie a red ribbon or piece of cloth around fences or trees to leave a more lasting sign of your support for the Burmese.

The worldwide outcry to save Burma's peaceful monks and protesters is one more sign of how the world is getting closer, feeling increasingly responsible to each other, and for each other as human beings. We're bringing a voice of humanity to this desperate situation, and we must not be silenced.

With hope and determination,

Ricken, Paul, Graziela, Ben, Sarah, Iain, Galit, Pascal, Milena and the whole Avaaz Team.

Mandalay Crawling with Troops


All over Mandalay, there are security forces, and arrests are still being carried out.

A resident said that soldiers are present in every street in downtown, and there are military vehicles carrying automatic weapons.

"The vehicles patrolling have large weapons that we don’t usually get to see. They patrol every part of town with these things.

A town south of Mandalay, Amrapura, is also said to be under the careful watch of junta, and all monasteries are being guarded by troops from Battalions 33 and 99.

However, the monks and residents of Mandalay are still preparing to stage protests should there be any opportunities, according to a local source.

Latest: Than Shwe Agrees to Meet DASSK

Source: CNN

Gen Than Shwe announced on State Television that he will meet the Pro-Democracy leader, Daw Aung San Su Kyi, if she agrees to intervene with the sanctions and stop the protests.

A Letter to HighRank Generals from a friend

A Burmese military officer sent an open letter to the current
>Rangoon Division Brigadier Gen. Hla Htay Win,
>Eastern Military Headquarters Brigadier Gen. Thaung Aye,
>Western Military Headquarters Brigadier Gen. Maung Shein and
>Northeastern Military Headquarters Brigadier Gen. Aung Than Htut
All four of them were friends of him back in the military academy and the letter was sent Sep 29. Another letter was sent to
>Sec-Gen Myint Swae.
The letter urges all of them to stop following orders of the regime’s main leader ThanShwe and Maung Aye and defend the monks and people from being harmed. The sender also stated that he will contact them soon.
Confirmed news, Source>

Thursday, October 04, 2007

5th - 7th October: Prayer Sessions for All Heroes of the Revolution

Burmese Muslims to Join


Starting this Friday, 5th of October, prayer sessions for all religions will be held in Burma to honour those who lost their lives during the revolution. The prayer sessions will be held for 3 consecutive days, said Lu Htu Hlote Shar Mhu Kyi Kyat Yay Committee, loosely translated as the Committee for Mass Movement.

Formed on the 27th of September, the Committee is comprised of 9 organisations such as All-Burma's Monks Alliance, 88 Generation Burma of Students, and various other groups representing monks, youths, poets, songwriters, lawyers and journalists.

The Committee made this announcement yesterday in a statement which said that it will hold peaceful prayer sessions and candle light vigils over the weekend at all famous pagodas, mosques, and churches. It also appealed to all Buddhists to raise the Buddhist flag at home and in the monasteries.

In the published statement, the Committee said that it will pray for:
a. a free Burma and the return of peace and prosperity to Burma,
b. the release of unfairly imprisoned monks, students, and civilians,
c. the collapse of its ruthless ruling junta and democratic reforms that the Heroes of the Revolution fought so hard for.

DVB reported today that Burmese Muslim Association has also issued a statement urging its members to support this movement. Ko Kyaw Sua, a spokesmen of the Burmese Muslim Association, said:
"Our religion teaches us the same values. It is our duty to do what we can for our country. Our forefathers have done the same thing."

The statement, issued in Burmese and Urdu, told its members to unite with the rest of the country in body and soul, in order to overthrow a regime that has shown its true grotesque colours by not only burning down mosques and churches, but also launching a ruthless crackdown on the sangha, the guardians of Buddism, their own religion.

For the original articles in Burmese, please follow the 2 links below:

Bak Ki-Moon: UN's Mission to Burma a Failure


4th October 2007

United Nation's Secretary General Bak Ki-Moon announced that while UN's envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, managed to convey UN's messages to the junta, the mission itself was a failure. He added that this issue will be raised again during the UN Security Council meeting to be held on Friday.

[Note: CNN at 8pm Yangon Time said that the mission was NOT a success.]

Arakan Protests Continue Despite Threats from Authorities


Over 10,000 people in the Arakan town of Marn Aung staged another protest yesterday against the Burmese government's harassment of demonstrators.

The demonstrations took place despite threats from Marn Aung authorities that anyone taking part in protests in the town would be arrested.

Villagers from around Marn Aung township began the protest at around 10am, and were later joined by town residents. The protesters were given food, water and cheroot by bystanders in a show of support.

"We shouted slogans calling for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners and demanding that the government stop harassing monks," said a person who joined the protest.

"We also went to Mahagyi pagoda in town and prayed for freedom for those who have been detained," added the protester.

This follows a protest on Monday staged by residents of the town and nearby villages which was joined by over 5,000 people.

Kyaw Thu Not at Thai-Burmese Border


Following earlier reports that the burmese actor-activist, Kyaw Thu, and his wife, have reached the border, it has been confirmed by phone calls to border area that the news are false.

Burmese Junta Continues to Terrorise Its People

Source: All Burma I.T Students' Union

4th October 2007

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - After crushing the democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar’s junta switched to an intimidation campaign Wednesday, sending troops to drag people from their homes in the middle of the night and letting others know they were marked for arrest.

For the full report, please follow this link:

[Note: This is not the actual title of this piece (as published in ABITSU's website), but I felt that the title, "Myanmar Junta Turns to Intimidation", was grossly inadequate. I think you will understand.]

Soldiers Hunt Dissidents in Burma

Source: All Burma IT Students Union

3rd October 2007

(AP) YANGON, Myanmar Soldiers said they were hunting pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar’s largest city Wednesday and the top U.S. diplomat in the country said military police had pulled people out of their homes during the night. Military vehicles patrolled the streets before dawn with loudspeakers blaring that: “We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!”

For full story, please follow this link:

Captured on Camera: Atrocities of the Burmese Army

Received through email:

BBC report from Newsnight - June 2005 - details some of the tactics the army in Burma uses against the ethnic people. Concludes with an interview with Labour MP Vera Baird

Click here to view the video:

Students Involved in Peaceful Demonstrations Sent to Hard Labour Camp


3rd October 2007

Mandalay: 50 of the detained university students, inclusive of those reading medicine, were sentenced to 5 years in prison with hard labour, and they have been sent to Kabaw Valley prison camps, said a mother of one of the students.

Earlier in the week, there have been rumours that the students will be released. However, the relevant authorities ordered the students to be tried immediately and sent to prison, an insider told DVB.

DVB is working to compile the details of the 50 students, and the names of the judges involved in the sentencing.

Angry Crowds Protest Against Burmese Foreign Minister


3rd October 2007
New York: Angry mobs of Burmese nationals staged protests against the Burmese Foreign Minister U Nyan Win, following his speech defending Junta’s actions.

When he left the UN building after the meeting, a crowd comprised of monks, youths, and various ethnic groups of Burma, confronted him. Incensed by his speech, they shouted “Than Shwe and Maung Aye, murderers”, “UNSC, take action.” They also made known their dissatisfaction towards Russia and China.

U Nyan Win and the Burmese UN ambassadors were seen making a quick exit.

For full article in Burmese, pleas follow this link:

To view the video on Youtube, please follow this link:


UN Rights body wants Burmese junta to allow investigation

Source: Mizzima News (

3rd October 2007

For the first time, an outraged United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned the Burmese military junta for its violent crackdown on protesters and demanded it be allowed to immediately investigate the situation in Burma.

For the full report, please go to:

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Junta's Brutality: An Eyewitness Account

This came from a 30 year old Burmese reader.

26th September, 2007

As I was driving my 5-year-old nephew to school in downtown, I passed by Shwe-da-gon Pagoda. Just at that moment, I saw the troops standing at the entrance of the eastern gate of the pagoda, blocking the way to the pagoda, waving their hands, and motioning at me to make a u-turn.

I saw many monks along the saung-tan (the staircases located at each entrance to the pagoda whwith many shops on each side) . They couldn't go up to the pagoda as the main gate at the eastrance entrance was closed. Howver, they were also unable to leave as there were many troops at the exit blocking their way out.

After I had fetched my nephew from school, I had to pass the Shwe-da-gon Pagoda again. I saw a distressed woman on the roadside, asking for help; she needed a ride to go back home. I stopped my car and let her get in. She told me that the troops were beating the monks who were trapped in the Saung tan. She told me to go home as quickly as possible and not to go out, saying that the troops were going to shoot as she saw many bags full of bullets being sent to the troops at the previous night.

I was listening to her when I saw the ugliest cruelty. True enough, the troops were beating the monks. The troops have effectively cornered them. But the monks were only saying prayers as they normally did. And yet, they were being beaten. It sent chills down my spine that the monks were brave enough to keep on saying prayers. They didn't show any sign of anger even though they were being beaten by the troops. After a while, the people milling around couldn't no longer bear to watch that scene; they started yelling and retaliated, all the while pleading to the monks not to stay there, sacrificing their lives.

27th September, 2007

On that morning, everything seemed to be alright. But there were fewer pple on the roads. Most chose to stay home, uncertain as to what was happening next.

2:00 pm

We heard that many monks were trapped at KyaiKaSan(Tamwe). We could do nothing, except pray for their safety, hoping that the military government would not kill this time as this time, the protesters are not civilians, nor students, nor workers; they were monks, and we are a nation of Buddhists.

After a while, I saw protesters marching towards KyaiKaSan, towards where the monks were trapped. The crowd was led by a monk, many of them were students and others, civilians. I joined them; being a Buddhist, I couldn't let our monks die. I wanted to do whatever I could do to help them as they have been carrying out the protests for our sake.

The site where the monks were trapped was near a school, Tamwe State High School No. 3. When we reached there, there were army troops and policemen. The students have just been dismissed for the day, and the students had started streaming out of its gates. The place was also crowded with parents who came to fetch their children.

The police were beating the pple, abusing and saying that they were busy bcos of them. The army didn't shoot at that time, but they asked us to stay still or otherwise, they would shoot, saying that they wouldn't beat pple, they would just shoot us and finish us off. Everyone was sitting still on the ground. To my surprise, I saw three men stood up and murmured something to the Colonel something. As they were quite far from me, I couldn't hear what they said, but the Colonel let the three of them get on the army truck. I thought that they must be undercovers.

Right after that, the troops fired gunshots using automatic weapons. Many were taken down, including the parents of the schoolchildren; the man next to me was shot in the groin and the girl next to him was shot dead; a single shot fired to her head. The man who was hit at the groin was asking the troops for help, but they ignored his pleas. Many people were also hauled up the trucks by policemen

The Colonel of the army then asked us why we were there. We had to lie to him so that he would let us go.

On my way back home, I saw three dead bodies in the drain.

It was a tragic day, one that would always remain in my memory.

Updates from Burmese Blogs: 3rd October


Earlier this evening, in Bahan Street 3, Yangon, all men between the ages of 15 to 40 were taken away by the security forces. It is reported to only women and old people are allowed to remain.

Breaking News: Dismissed Colonel Under House Arrest


2nd October 2007

Following reports that Colonel Hla Htay Win has been dismissed from the army for defying orders, he and his family have been placed under house arrest, and their assets have been confiscated by authorities.

Lights Out Protests Across Yangon


Niknayman reported that while the public cannot carry out full-scale protests, they plan to make their dissent known by switching off the lights from 8-815pm every night at the time of news broadcasts by state-controlled television channels. The residents not only switch off their TVs, but also turn off all the lights in their homes in a show of opposition to the forced rallies and false news. The movement is expected to intensify in days to come.

Burmese Film Star Escapes Junta

A burmese film star-turned-activist, Kyaw Thu, wanted by Junta for opening supporting the Saffron Robe Revolution, has reached the refugee camp at Burmese-Thai Border. He is accompanied by his wife.

For full report, please follow this link:

Burmese Prime Minister Passed Away on 2nd October


Prime Minister Soe Win passed away last night. He had returned from Singapore on Monday after secretly receiving medical treatment for leukemia.

For the full report, please follow this link:

[Flaming Peacocks: We have unconfirmed reports that Soe Win’s appointment as the prime minister was a calculated move, as advised by Astrologers, by Than Shwe to maintain his position as top dog.]

Reports from Civilians in Burma


Original article in Burmese:

2nd October 2007

Many reports have streamed into DVB with regards to the situation in Burma. In this article, DVB highlights 4 of them.

Swan Arr Shin U Aung Htoo on the run after beating a young novice

During the protests on the 27th of September, a resident of Bahan Township, a video clip of Swan Arr Shin (pro-junta group of thugs) U Aung Htoo mercilessly beating up a young novice from a local monastery was broadcasted worldwide. Riled, the residents surrounded his family home. He is currently reportedly on the run to escape from their wrath.

Devotees arrested for offering food to monks

A 65-year old man (U Tin Aye, IC no. EQ010123), and a 30 year old woman (Ma Tin Win) were detained on 26th of September for offering alms to monks near Shwedagon Pagoda.

Missing University Student

DVB received an email that a resident of Tamwe, a second-year university student, 19-year old Ko Nay Lin Hteik, has been missing.

[Flaming Peacocks: There are numerous reports of people who have disappeared over the past week, some while going about their business.]

Message from KaBaw Valley Resident

Following earlier reports that 1974 monks detained in GTI compound were being transferred to the hard labour prisons in KaBaw Valley, a resident contacted DVB, saying that it was an inhabitable place and the monks might all perish if they were sent there. He said that there were about 5 hard labour camps, and out of the 100 prisoners previously sent there, at least 80 have died. He requested that everyone should push to stop the transfer immediately.

Latest Strong Proof of Mliitary's actions

The latest and very clear proof of the military's brutal crackdown. The clip is from CNN. The following is the link to the video. For Burma and Buddhism, May we succeed.

Junta Uses Agents to Catch Journalists


Original article in Burmese:

2nd October 2007

Junta had deployed its agents to take pictures and videos of civilians and journalists who have been capturing the revolution. According to journalists in Yangon, these records are meant for the authorities to search out those who have presumably been acting as informers to the international media.

These agents are said to be working for the Ministry of Information and Communications. In one instance, such an agent was caught on camera, hiding behind the ranks of troops, and taking pictures of protesters.

There are rumours that Junta is preparing to apprehend these civilians and reporters, who have been capturing images of the cruelty of Junta towards the protesters, that many have been forced to go into hiding.

As the security has become tighter, and checks have become much more routine, even ordinary people are now afraid to carry cameras for occasions, said a resident of Yangon. Reporters also said that Yangon-based foreign correspondents also had their phone lines cut off.

Free Burma: International Bloggers' Day for Burma on the 4th of October

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International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words, Free Burma!

To date, more than 2800 bloggers all around the world have pledged to participate in this movement. See the list at:

For more information on how you can be part of this movement, visit:

World roars on Burma

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ricken Patel - < >
Date: Oct 3, 2007 12:48 AM
Subject: World roars on Burma - ads tomorrow

Dear friends,

Our emergency petition to stop the crackdown on peaceful protesters in Burma is exploding, with nearly 500,000 signers from every nation of the world. But the situation in Burma remains desperate, with reports of hundreds of monks being massacred and tortured. Burma's rulers have also killed and expelled international journalists, cutting off global media coverage of their cruelty.

China is still the key - the country with the most power to halt the Burmese generals' reign of terror. We're delivering our message this week with a massive ad campaign in major newspapers, beginning with a full page ad in the Financial Times worldwide tomorrow, and in the South China Morning Post on Thursday. The strength of the ad comes from the number of petition signers listed – can we reach our goal of 1 million signatures this week? The link to sign the petition and view the ad is below, forward this email to all your friends and family!

China continues to provide key economic and military support to Burma's dictatorship, but it has been openly critical of the crackdown. Now we need the government to match words with actions. Our ad paints a powerful moment of choice for China in its relationship with the world – will it be a responsible and respected member of the global community, or will it be associated with tyranny and oppression?

People power, on the streets of Burma, and around the world, can triumph over tyranny. Our strength is in our numbers, spread the word!

With hope and determination,

Ricken, Paul, Ben, Graziela, Pascal, Galit and the whole Avaaz team.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Caution: Be wary of Malware - Hackers Exploit Crisis in Burma

We received this through an email. Please spread the word:


SDA Asia Magazine, Singapore

Hackers Exploit Crisis in Burma, Spread Melware

Taking advantage of international concern regarding the daily demonstrations in Burma, a new email has been circulating the World Wide Web harboring a malicious attack designed to infect.

"The Burmese regime is said to have tried to stop news coming out of the
country by shutting down internet cafes and controlling computer users'
access to the net. People around the world are hungry to hear about the
latest situation in the country and support the pro-democracy movement, and may be tempted to read this so-called letter from the Dalai Lama," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

The malware, which claims to be a message of support for monks and other protesters in Burma from the Dalai Lama reads as follows:

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Please find enclosed a massage from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in support of the recent pro democracy demonstrations taking place in Burma.

This is for your information and can be distributed as you see fit.

Best wishes.

Tenzin Taklha
Joint Secretary
Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

When users open the attached document (filename: hhdl burma_001.doc), it
attempts to exploit a Word vulnerability which in turn tries to download a Trojan horse onto the victim's PC.

Security company Sophos detects the malicious document as Exp/1Table-B and the Trojan it tries to download as Agent-CGU.

Sophos experts note that to add even more credibility to the message and to encourage a greater number of victims to open the attachment, a link to official website of the Dalai Lama is included.

"Using topical news stories to trick unwary computer users into opening and downloading malicious code is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but it's obviously still working or the hackers wouldn't waste their time on it. We should all use our common sense and question the legitimacy of emails sent out of the blue," said Cluley.

Sophos recommends that companies protect themselves with a consolidated
solution which can control network access and defend against the threats of spam, hackers, spyware and viruses.

Latest Updates from Democratic Voice of Burma: 2nd October - up to 2.30pm

Original Article in Burmese:


A local source told DVB that the security has been tightened in Yangon. There are constant patrols all over the city, and there has been stringent checks.

The entrances of Sule Pagoda are blocked and heavy security checks have caused much distress to devotees who visit the pagoda to pray. It is reported that there is also a similar situation in Shwedagon Pagoda.

A public bus was stopped and ordered to make a detour to SanPya Movie Theatre. There, all passengers on board were thoroughly searched and arrests were made, said a woman who was herself among those searched.

Anyone with a camera or a mobile phone was immediately detained, and even nail clippers, small scissors, and pen knives were confiscated. This has made it difficult to get any news out of the city.

However, the people are said to be secretly trying to stage protests, and they will strike if there is a small window of opportunity.

Japan Embassy

At 10:10 am local time, two representatives from the Japan Embassy placed a wreath at the site where the Japanese Journalist, Kenji Nagai, was gunned down in Yangon. Afterwards, civilian Japanese followed suit, witnesses said.

A painter from AungLan detained

In the town of AungLan, MaGuay State, a man who was agitated while watching the protests aired by international channels, was detained. Ko Kyaut Khe, a painter, yelled "Long live Buddism" while watching scenes of monks being beaten up.

Updates from Burmese Blogs: 2nd October


0627 hrs
88 Generation of Workers announced that they will start the General Strike today.

[Flaming Peacocks at 0900 hrs: We have unconfirmed news from local sources that the civil servants intend to start the strike today; they collected their salaries yesterday. This news cannot be confirmed as we could not establish contact with Yangon]

0545 hrs

Niknayman received news that junta will use fake monks to attack churches and mosques in order to incite religious riots.

0539 hrs

Than Shwe has reportedly summoned all the Battalion Commanders to Naypyi, the administrative capital of Only Platoon Commanders are allowed to stay on with the soldiers. Battalion Commanders Colonel Min Zaw and Colonel Hla Tun Oo, who were in-charge of Battalions 33 and 99 respectively, have been dismissed for defying orders.

A Monk Wounded by Gunshot Transferred Out of Hospital by Junta


A monk, one of four patients seeking treatment for gunshot wounds in Yangon General Hospital's Critical Care Unit, was seen being urgently escorted out of the hospital by Junta, an eyewitness said.

On the 27th of September, the shooting near Sule Pagoda left 3 men and a monk with gunshot wounds. One of them is Ko Mya Than Hteik from ThinGanGyun Township.

The monk is estimated to be about 30 years old and was injured on his arm. He was warded at the hospital after the shooting on the 27th, but was taken away by junta on the 29th morning, said the wife of Ko Mya Than Hteik, who witnessed the incident.

"The monk is gone. We don't know where they will bring him to. The monk's arm has been cast in plaster. He was in hospital for 3 days. They took him away yesterday morning. I mean, the policemen. We were not allowed to talk to each other."

When asked about her husband, she replied:
"He has not been transferred anywhere; he's still in the General Hospital, in the Critical Care Unit. He’s doing well mentally but he can't walk. He can't even sit up. The bullet entered through the big toe and went out just below the knee. He's getting better but the family members are not allowed to see him, except our nephew who sleeps over in the ward. His mother is 70 plus and she would like to see her son, but was not allowed to enter. The first day when it happened, we went to the hospital. I saw him for a short while. On the second day, I stayed in the hospital. I got to see him for a bit the next morning. In the evening, we couldn't visit him. We asked for permission, but they refused. They're afraid of news leaks. They said they won't allow any visitors."

Among the other patients, one man was likely to have to amputate his leg below the knee as the bullet shot through his bone. The other man, U Tun Shwe, also from ThinGanGyun, sustained an injury on the arm.

Yangon: Man Detained for Possessing Currency with General Aung San's Picture


1st October, 2007

At a bus stop near 8 Mile Junction, MaYanGone Yangon, a man seen carrying a currency note with General Aung San's picture, was arrested by security forces. Meanwhile, local sources reported that most places in Yangonwere deserted due to the heavy presence of military troops.

A local from MaYanGone township told DVB that an unnamed man was arrested at about 1030 in the morning near 8 Mile Junction, MaYanGone, Yangon for having with him a currecy note of 10 Kyats with a picture of General Aung San. The shops and bus stops in MaYanGone were also searched.

"They checked the man's bag, and they found the note, so they dragged him away. These are old notes, quite rare. The ones found in the bag are said to be 10 Kyat notes. Yes, it was the military. They checked everyone. Some people didn't even dare to go to the market."

The source added that it was unfair to arrest a man for possessing notes which have not been made illegal.

"It's really horrible. Everyone will have notes like these. They will carry them in their wallets. This is just too much. It's not like these notes have been banned. So people still carry them around. Yes, the people are quite frightened. I think it's really uncalled for."

One of the most populous places in, 8 Mile Junction is now a ghost town, said another local source.

"There are few cars. It looks as though only those who don't have a choice are out of their houses. There are also very few people. Buses are only one third full. Junction 8 shopping centre is actually one of the most crowded places in Yangon. Now, suddenly, it's all very quiet."

Similarly, in ThanLyin, Yangon State, troops are stationed at the entrance and exit of the town, and carrying out stringent checks, said a local from ThanLyin.

"In ThanLyin, the entrance and exit of the town are heavily guarded. There're so many of them, from the navy and army. The checks are more stringent than before. When cars pass by, they ask if there are any monks, how many monks, what time they leave, what time they would be back, where they are going, and so on. Every single detail. The security is very tight."

Youths Preparing for More Protests in Yangon: To Overthrow Military Regime and Establish Democracy


September 30th, 2007

In many places in Yangon, youths are preparing to stage protests. According to them, people are especially motivated by the expected return of UN Representative Ibrahim Gambari to Yangon in the evening.

Due to the presence of heavy security forces throughout Yangon which makes it impossible for full-scale demonstrations, the youths plan to carry out 'ambushes';.

Their eagerness to oust the ruthless regime led by the junta, and to install, in its place, a democratic system in accordance with the people's desire, has prompted them to act without any regards to the merciless crackdown by the troops, said a youth who also said they were prepared to sacrifice their lives.

"We have to do something to change, to end this atrocious regime, this black era. We are not willing to continue tolerating this any longer. We have suffered so much; monks have died, students have died, people have died."

"Having invested so much, it will be a shame to stop now. This time, we must fight to abolish this regime, whatever it takes. It must be completely eradicated. We must establish a democratic country. We have vowed to make this happen before the end of 2007."

"The people hope to stage more protests during Mr Gambari's visit. This government thinks nothing of beating, arresting, or killing monks. This is not the kind of government we, the people, want. The demonstrations will continue, if not by us, then other youths, other people."

A youth from Yangon said that while it was not easy to bypass the heavy security forces to organize rallies, they are trying many ways and means to continue with the revolution, and that people are also waiting for such rallies to happen.

"It's like a wound full of pus, all swollen, and ready to burst. People are expectant, waiting for someone (to start)."

One youth said that he first got involved in the demonstrations last week when he witnessed the junta troops beating scores of monks at the foot of Shwedagon pagoda, regarded as the country's most holy shrine. Since then, he had searched out rallies to participate in. He was merely a 3-year old toddler when the infamous 1988 uprising erupted.

Skirmishes between KNU and Military Troops Continue


KNU (Karen National Uni
on) troops continue to have run-ins with the junta troops along the border of KNU-controlled domains.

Following reports of the first skirmish between the two sides (, battles continue at the KNU-controlled territories on a daily basis, said Pado Marn Shah, Secretary of the Karen National Union.

KNU has earlier urged Burmese soldiers to join forces with the monks and civilians who have been carrying out peaceful demonstrations. Padoh Marn Shah added that KNU would welcome any of the soldiers who defected from the junta-controlled army.

"We have notified them to not only unite with the peoples, but also to get in touch with the rebel groups, before taking any necessary actions to aid the revolution."

Padoh Marn Shah also entreated soldiers not to shoot down the monks, but instead, to turn the barrels of the rifles back on those who command them to open fire. He felt that while the top generals in the junta are inhumane monsters, the soldiers themselves are part of the people who can help to continue the fight against the junta.

"The soldiers are just like you and I, slaves of the military regime. We need to form an alliance to overthrow this regime who has repressed us for decades."

Padoh Marn Shah told DVB that between months of March and September 2007, the number of defections (from the junta-controlled army to KNU) exceeds 70.

According to local sources, the junta has been expanding the number of its troops along the border precincts of Karen State and TaNinThaRee States by stepping up its recruitment efforts. Recruiters are also under orders not to accept anyone from Karen ethnic group.

List of Detainees


A partial list of 334 detainees with their complete details have been put up at this link:

Please help us to get this list to the news agencies and international organizations.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Sign a petition for Burma

This is an email we received. The sender, for personal reasons, cannot publicise it, and asked for our help.


Hi, have you heard about the crisis in Burma?

Burma is ruled by one of the worst military dictatorships in the world. This week Buddhist monks and nuns began marching and chanting prayers to call for democracy. The protests spread and hundreds of thousands of Burmese people joined in -- they've been brutally attacked by the military regime, but still the protests are spreading.

I just signed a petition calling on Burma's powerful ally China and the UN security council to step in and pressure Burma's rulers to stop the killing. The petition has exploded to over 200,000 signatures in a few days and is being advertised in newspapers around the world, delivered to the UN secretary general, and broadcast to the Burmese people by radio. We're trying to get to 1 million signatures this week, please sign below and tell everyone!

Thank you for your help!

Burmese Army Colonel DEFECT, Refused to attack Monks

It is confirmed news that a Burmese army Colonel defied orders to lead his men to
attack Monks and people and is now in hiding in Karen state. He met a Norwegian journalist and is now trying to get political asylum to Norway. He also appears to have been responsible for army intelligence in region North of Rangoon. We hope he can give info about gov.

Updates from Burmese Blogs: 1st October


1811 hrs
At about 2pm, 15 students from South Okkalapa Ward 15 who tried to gather for protests were arrested.

1804 hrs
1974 monks held in GTI compound are said to be being transferred to a corrective training centre in Saggaing State.

There are demonstrations going on in MarnAung, Arakan State. No more information is available at this time.

1411 hrs
Protesters have started marching in the towns of Nyaung Oo and Kyauk Pan Daung. Shops in these towns are said to be closed.

1330 hrs
Yangon: About 2000 protesters are marching from Insein to ThaMine junction. Another 1500 protesters are gathered at Junction 8 shopping centre at 8 Mile.

Junta Detains NLD Members in Myin Chan

A member of the opposition party National League for Democracy has been detained by Junta on the 26th of September despite the fact that since suffering a stroke 6 years ago, he has not fully recovered, and is barely mobile.
U Myint Lwin, a member of the Campaigning Division of Myin Chan, Mandalay State, is a stroke victim and as the family has no idea about his whereabouts, the family has been worried, according to his wife, Daw Kyin Thaung.
When the family made inquiries at the local police office, they were told that U Myint Lwin has been helping them with some investigations, but when he was not released the next morning, the anxious family members sent medications.
"When he was not released the next morning, we went over to give him some medications, food and mineral water. But they told us that he has been sent to the city of Mandalay," said Daw Kyin Thaung.
Ever since having a stroke 6 years ago, U Myint Lwin has been only able to move about slowly using a walking stick, and has been on constant medication. The two other men from the Myin Chan NLD to be detained together are U Paw Thein and U Bo See, who were also said to be in ill health prior to the arrests.

Junta Continues to Brutally Crush Protests

September 30th, Mogoke, Mandalay State:
About 200 monks and thousands of civilians who were marching were cornered by junta troops and brutally beaten and arrested.
As about 3000 civilians, led by the monks, approached the KyatPyin Market, troops and policemen in 15 vehicles set up road blocks at both ends of the road, and started beating the protesters, a man who was involved in the march told the reporter.
"They started beating the women first. When we gathered for the march, the women were at the back of the crowd, and so that's how they came to be the first victims."
A local eyewitness said that the men were arrested while trying to help the women. In all, 34 people were arrested including 6 women and 2 monks.
"When the monks were being beaten, some of the women pleaded with them not to hurt the monks, but to arrest them (the women) instead. So there were women and men who allowed themselves to be arrested."
Many in the crowd, including 5 monks, were beaten so severely that they sustained serious head injuries, said a man who was involved in the protest.
It is reported that the detainees have been sent to the city of Mandalay.

Thousands Missing in Burma, Bodies Being Dumped in Jungles

Rights groups reported that thousands have gone missing in Burma after a week of demonstrations which the junta used force to crush down. A colonel who defected that army after refusing to fire at the demonstrators also reportedly said that thousands of bodies are being dumped in the jungles.

Skirmish at Thai Border between KNU and Burmese troops

Source: Network Media Group (
KNU (Karen National Union) announced on Saturday that it will fight the junta in Karen State at the same time as the public demonstrations go on in other parts of Burma.
On the 29th of September, at about 4pm, between the burmese villages of ThayBawBohYwa and WahLayYwa, near the town of Mae Sod, KNU Battalion 103 had a run-in with the Light Infantry Division 206, under Batallion 22. The battle lasted for about half an hour. The burmese troops lost 1 Major, 1 Captain, 1 Sergent, and 1 soldier. About 11 men were injured as well. According to a KNU Major, there were no losses on from KNU.
Mr Padoman Chalaphan, a KNU spokesman, said:
"The Junta is the common enemy of all peoples of Burma. They have killed many ethnic groups, monks, students, and people in cruellest ways. They have killed too many. It is time for us to fight back in as many ways as we can. Just as people stage protests in the cities, in the rural areas, we have to use weapons to fight. This is how we need to combine forces to combat them."
This is the first battle between KNU and Burmese troops since the demonstrations started in September.
Colonel Khun Thurein, who has just recently returned to the Burmese-Thai border, said that all organisations who want the regime to topple should join forces. He added that SNPLO (Shan Nationalities Peoples' Liberation Organisation ) has also been preparing for battle.
"We absolutely cannot accept the fact that Junta is using force to crush the peaceful demonstrators. Therefore, in order to give moral support to the monks, the people, and students in our locality, we'll do what we can and we have plans to use military tactics."
"We have to treat this as the final fight against Junta. Everyone of us, monks, people, students of all ethnic groups should participate. We have to use everything we have. We have to strategise carefully; peaceful demonstrations in the cities and actual battles where we (KNU) are. We believe strongly that we need to exterminate the junta," Mr Padoman Chalaphan reckons.
The troops involved in the skirmish with KNU are under Light Infantry Battallion 22. Other divisions of this battallion are rumoured to be being used in crushing the demonstations in the cities.

Word of Caution to all Burmese in Singapore

Flaming Peacocks would like to remind all Burmese that when signing petitions, they should be careful to read the contents. For the petition signed by those who attended the protest outside the Burmese Embassy in Singapore, SDP's Chee, in fact, was asking everyone to sign two letters; one against the Burmese Junta, and the other against Singapore Government.
We would like to remind you to keep your eyes open, and ensure that you do not get involved in anything which is against your beliefs.
To read the two letters drafted by Chee, please follow this link:

Junta Attempts To Cover Up


Junta arranged a clandestine cremation of the bodies of the protesters, who died as a result of the beatings by its troops, at 7am this morning at the Htein Pin Cemetery. Families were informed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the arrangement.

A family member said that not more than 10 people, including family members, are allowed to attend the funeral, and each of them has to present his/her National Identification card.

Among those scheduled to be cremated were Ko Tun Tun Lin from South Okkalapa, and Maung Zeya Naing, a high school student. Both families received similar letters from the Ministry informing them that they are not allowed to hold prayer sessions for the dead.

Both Ko Tun Tun Lin and Maung Zeya Naing were involved in Friday's protests, and were beaten to death by troops.

Burmese Colonel To Seek Asylum in Norway


A burmese colonel is said to have defected from the army, and is now hiding in the jungle with the Karen people.

For full story, go to:

Junta uses Hlaing River to dispose of the dead


Myochitmyanmar reported that there are scores of bodies floating in Hlaing River, and the villages downstream have been retrieving them. ABC News broadcasted a video clip of a body of a monk in saffron robe floating in the river at 630pm on 30th Sept. This video came from a journalist named Jim Suito, based in Thailand.

Myanmar Sanga Organization has been ordered to abolish by General Than Shwe

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

Senior General Than Shwe has forced monks to transform into normal civilians but it was denied by the President and Vice President of Myanmar Sanga Organization. Due to this denial, Than Shwe has ordered Myanmar Sanga Organization to abolish.

Funeral of the Victims of violent crackdowns in Burma will be held in tight situations

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

The funeral of the people who died from violent crackdowns against non-violence protests will take place in Htate Pin cemetery. At most ten, including family members, for one family will be allowed and everyone has to hold their Citizen Identification Cards. This was informed to every family by the government said one of the family members. The funerals will not be allowed as a Buddhist's tradition, which is to donate meals to monks. Ko Htun Htun Lin and Mg Zay Ya Naing, two of the dead, were beatened to death by the police on Friday and Mg Zay Ya Naing was still a high-school student.

Armed Rebellions on way(Confirmed)

Lastly,we received info that NDAK + KIA + BA KA Pa +ABSDF have been preparing
for Increased Armed Rebellions and are carrying out their missions already. NDAK=New Democratic Army Kachin, Ba Ka Pa +Burma Communist Party,ABSDF=All Burma's Democratic Front, KIA are participating organizations.
Below is our source of confirmation link. We are NOT 100% SURE yet.
I made calls to the organizations directly to confirm.Contact my email for any
help I can
Source of Confirmation link>
May our MotherCountry Burma be free and Buddhism prevail.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Peaceful Protests in Singapore in front of Burmese Embassy


Some Singaporean oppositions have started the event and later joined by Myanmar people in Singapore. They sat with candles infront of Burma embassy in Singapore, praying for the people of Burma. There were about 200 people and It had been going on the whole night. "STOP BLOODSHED IN MYANMAR" written at the front of the shirts and "CONCERNED FOR MYANMAR" logos at the back. Many wore these shirts and participated.
There were also protests in front of Burmese embassy and UN office in Singapore today.

Update: Detained monks being forcefully defrocked


Niknayman reported that detained monks are being made to squat under the sun on the ground of Kyeikkasan Race Course. They are only clad in their thin pai (lower portion of robes, similar to pants), and not allowed to wear their top robes. They are believed to be being tortured into denouncing their monkhood.

Petition to Australian government to impose sanctions on Burma


Niknayman reported that the Australian government is deciding on whether to impose sanctions on the junta. Please help us by voting:

through the news page at (please look at the top right hand corner:

or the direct polling page at:

Please help us spread the news!

Sept 30 Updates from Burmese Blogs: Myochitmyanmar


Junta has reportedly hired IT experts from Russia to hack into blogs reporting on the current affairs in Burma. All bloggers are advised to take precautions.
[Flaming Peacocks: 2 days ago, the Irrawady News website was hacked]

1646 hrs
In Taung Kote Township, Arakan state, 800 people, led by 4 monks, staged a protest.

1623 hrs
A businessman said, via phone, that Tayza, the right hand businessman of Gen Than Shwe, is in Dubai to clinch a deal to import petroleum, as the deals with Singapore and Malaysia are not working out. He added that the closure of Tayza's company for 2 months (Note from Flaming Peacocks: The staff were paid their wages in advance and were told not to come to work for 2 months) was merely a diversion tactic. The deal in Dubai was said to be almost settled, with Tayza being the only partner from Burma.

1529 hrs
People have been recruited by the junta with daily wages starting from 1000 kyats (Approximately USD 0.70) to 2000. It is not clear why they were recruited. They number hundreds and they are brought to strategic places in trucks and cars. Some of them were seen playing cards by the roadside.

1528 hrs
In Yangon, there have been no crowds so far, unlike yesterday. There are troops guarding 34th street, which has prevented the public from regrouping. It looks like they will act once a crowd gathers. In Mandalay, a decree was broadcasted yesterday, 29th, warning people that should there be any groups of vehicles acting as road blocks, all people involved will be persecuted according to present regulations.

1431 hrs
Mr Gambari reportedly had this meeting after meeting General Than Shwe in the country's administrative town, Naypyi.

1431 hrs
Mr Gambari met with Daw Aung San Su Kyi in Yangon this afternoon for 20 minutes.
[Flaming Peacocks: reported that the meeting lasted 90 minutes]

1429 hrs

1421 hrs
The Irrawady News office in Mae Sod was searched by Police

1352 hrs
Reverend U Gambiya, wanted by the junta for his involvement in the protests, told that it is time for the people to take the lead. He added that the sangha has done all it can, with many being detained or killed for their part. He said that the military's actions show that they are worse than dictators, and are, in fact, terrorists.

1351 hrs
In Mae Sod, Thailand, Thai troops arrested burmese workers who were demonstrating in front of the UN office.

1334 hrs
People in Yangon reported that the monasteries are facing difficulties securing alms. The guarding military troops have been restricting the offering of alms by the devotees by refusing to allow them entry, and also stopping the monks from going out to collect alms. This is a serious violation of human rights, and we need the help of the international community to dispatch organisations such as International Red Cross and UN to help our monks.

[Flaming Peacocks: We have reliable news that in some places, some monks are not able to get enough sustenance due to the recent unrest, even though they can go out to collect alms. The devotees have been quietly spreading the word in the neighbourhoods to get people to offer food to the monks. However, they do not dare to do so publicly as they are afraid to attract the attention of the Town Council and fear repercussions. In Singapore, people have started collecting monetary donations to send financial aid to such monasteries]

1324 hrs
UN representative Mr Gambari is housed in the VIP Guest House on the University Avenue. Road blocks have been set up by police and military troops at each end of this road, effectively barring entry to civilians.

1324 hrs
During Mr Gambari's presence, the government has been trying to stage counter-demonstrations at remote towns to show that they are in public favour. For this morning's counter-protest in the town of Loy Kwor, villages with at least 50 households were ordered to send 30 representative, and villages with at least 30 households, 25 people at least.

1310 hrs
According to KNU, people from 2 townships from the Northern state of Kayar, held special prayer sessions in support of the protesters. Meanwhile, the same group reported that the Town Councils have ordered each village to send 20 people each in order to put together groups of Swan Arr Shinn (pro-junta thugs).

1308 hrs:
It is rumoured that all the monks from the Ngwe Kyar Yan monastries have been killed.

Detained monks being forcefully defrocked


According to locals, among the monks arrested for the demonstrations, about 300 are being held in the warehouses of the GTI (Government Technological Institute) compound. They reported that the military has tried to forcefully defrock these monks.

The military troops and the pro-government Swan Arr Shin thugs had used force to round up these monks while they carried out peaceful demonstrations on the 26th and 27th of September.

A monk from Insein Township reportedly told a local that the military has reportedly tried to defrock the arrested monks by force but has not succeeded so far.

"An abbot from the Insein Sangha Nayakka (Council of Monks) was called upon to carry out the task of defrocking these monks. However, even before the arrested monks began to repeat the chants which would result in them denouncing their monkhood, the abbott declined to continue, citing sangha regulations."

Some government workers who entered the GTI compound a few days ago to repair leaking water pipes reportedly told their families that they saw about 300 monks detained within its grounds.

"There are about 300. The workers were told not to wear uniforms, and ordered to dress as civilians. One of them saw a soldier striking a monk with his belt when the monk raised his head to look at the workers."

Eyewitnesses also reported that, during the transporting of monks, a civilian driver who saw the procession of the army trucks, accidentally touched his horn, and was promptly dragged off the car and taken away.

An injured monk who had wounds on his leg was taken to the hospital, but hospital staff were ordered not to render medical treatment to the monk unless he acquiesced to take off his robes. The monk refused, and the distressed hospital staff contacted the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Mya Oo, who then gave permission to treat the monk regardless.

Locals told the reporter that all entrances and exits of the hospital, especially the main gate, are heavily guarded, and all vistors are required to go through very stringent checks before they are allowed in.

Sep 29 Confirmed Update

Yesterday, approximately 300 people gathered at the BoneGyi st in Rangoon making a protest.After a while, the army came to break up the crowd. That is confirmed. We heard that there are other gatherings at other places but not confirmed due to internet cut off.

Annoucement by KNU Relating the Crack Down on Sept. 26

An official announcement reported to be issued by KNU(Karen National Union) on last Thursday in Burmese language was seen posted on Dr Lun Swe's Blog.

According to it KNU:

(1) Strongly condemns the brutal crack down on monks and civilians peacefully protesting since it is a horrifying evil act.

(2) States that the crack down catalyzed the further movement of monks and protestors and therefore demands SPDC to take the full responsiblity of its own actions if the terrorist act is continued.

(3) Strongly Urges the Army to stop shooting and killing civilians and Mahar Sangha as commanded by SPDC generals for the stability of their power but instead turn the barrels of their guns unanimously towards the SPDC generals and stand for Mahar Sangha and civilians.

(4) Urges again that the soldiers at the front line to rebell the SPDC generals, unite with Mahar Sangha and civilians as well as contact with KNU and other revolutionary organizations.

(5) Urges all ethic minorities and organizations of ethic minorities which have seized fire to unite with Mahar Sangha and civilians rebel the SPDC regime unanimously.

(6) States that the brutal gunfire of SPDC does not show their strength and therefore urges Mahar Sangha and civilians to strike with greater momentum.

(7)Urges UN and the foreign countries which desire freedom, justice and peace that instead of staying aside and watching current terrorist acts of SPDC which are extremely horrifying, bring them to justice, punish them by various means and bring them to seizure .


Daw Kyine Kyine Spotted in Singapore!

Breaking News!

According to Nik Nayman's Blog, an eyewitness spotted Daw Kyine Kyine(Wife of General Than Shwe) in front of Mustafa Shopping Mall(Singapore) at 6:00 in a blue Toyota Vios. The eyewitness was Nik Nayman's roommate. The car slowly drifted away from the junction adjacent to Mustafa. She was sitting in the rear seat, accompanied by two men at the front seats and two women dressed in elegant cloths on her sides. They were seen smiling and not seemed to be worried about their personal security according to the eyewitness.


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