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Largest Burmese protest march in 20 years

September 23, 2007

According to the BBC, 20,000 people took to the streets of Rangoon on the seventh day of protests calling for an end to the “evil dictatorship” in Burma.

Unsure about what to do, the security forces appear to be standing back for the moment and the next act in the drama is impossible to predict, says BBC’s correspondent Jonathan Head. The Alliance of All Burmese Buddhist Monks, which is leading the demonstrations, has urged the Burmese people to hold prayer vigils in their doorways on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Whatever your creed, I suggest that you take a moment to pray for – or at least send a friendly thought to – the Burmese people these days. They surely need all the support they can get, be it from man or from God(s).

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  1. September 26, 2007 3:53 am

    They are certainly in my thoughts the last couple of days, I heard an update on NPR coming home from work. It was a discussion on the possibility of imposing trade sanctions and noted that it was difficult, if not impossible, for sanctions to really have an impact as long as there were so many other countries happy to step in the place of the a few who refuse to deal with the people running the country. Still, it seems to me it is one non-violent action that can be employed towards peace and if combining it with other actions might help lead towards the military regime being ousted–it’s worth trying.

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  2. September 26, 2007 9:15 am

    Stricter trade sanctions from the US, the UK and even the EU might not have that much of an effect on the Burmese junta.

    I think the way to sway the Burmese generals now, is through China. China is Burma’s most important trade partner (due to the sanctions from other country, so they might not be entirely without effect after all), and thus has some leverage with the junta. Because of the upcoming Olympics, China wants to look good to the world, and might be more open for pressure from the west than it has been in a long time.

    My conclusion is that the US and EU should put pressure on China to put pressure on the Burmese authorities. Strange as it might seem, the straightest, shortest road might not be the quickest one.

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  3. Namgyal pala permalink
    September 27, 2007 5:20 pm

    My good wishes and thoughts are all the time with those poor burmese people, but this will not help them. My suggestions is to, the whole world should protest against China, who is the biggest evil in this evil action, if they want they can stop the whole brutal actions against the people, and bring back democracy there and let the peaceful people live in peace.
    I request the whole world to act now before it is too late.
    May the Buddha bring peace.

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  4. September 28, 2007 9:45 am

    Namgyal pala: As to whether the protest marches in Burma will help the Burmese people, I frankly do not know. Not yet.

    However, I choose to hope for the best, while, sadly, I fear the worst.

    Like you, I think China holds the key to democracy in Burma. It seems that people all over the world are starting to understand this, and my hope is that enough pressure will be put on China for them to actually do something. With the upcoming 2008 Olympics, China should be more sensitive to pressure than they have been for quite some time.

    Let’s hope that something can be done before the Burmese military junta does something really awful to the protesters.

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