Troops take control of Burma - El Ejército toma el control en Birmania

sábado, septiembre 29, 2007


Found at The Moderate Voice.

Other interesting links:

Where the world stand with Burma.

Junta tries to blame foreign media for the protests:

Screen grab from Burma's state-run English language TV - 27/09/2007

London-based Burmese blogger Ko Htike said he is getting nothing over the internet from his contacts in Burma and that he can no longer reach them by mobile phone.

He told the BBC News website that he can occasionally reach people in Burma on landline telephones, but even this is sporadic.

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The only other way to make contact is by satellite phone but these are difficult to come by and the risks for people in Burma are tremendous: three-and-a-half years in prison, he said.

The Irrawaddy news website, however, run by Burmese journalists in exile, has managed to get a few pictures of Friday’s protests with a 28 September date stamp on them.

BBC sources in Burma have said that international mobile phone signals have been interrupted and soldiers are searching people for cameras and mobile phones.


Buddhist monks sit inside an Internet shop run on a generater in Yangon, 10 April 2007. The flow of information out of Myanmar was squeezed Friday as the nation’s main Internet link went down and several newspapers stopped publishing, amid a deadly crackdown on anti-junta protests.(AFP/File/Khin Maung)


In this photo made available by the Mandalay Gazette, soldiers with their weapons are seen in downtown Yangon, September 27, 2007. Crowds taunted soldiers and police who barricaded central Yangon on Friday to prevent more mass protests against Myanmar’s 45 years of military rule and deepening economic hardship. Picture taken September 27, 2007. REUTERS/Mandalay Gazette (MYANMAR).

Armed troops take position in the streets of central Yangon, 27 September 2007. Security forces have moved to crush protests in Myanmar’s two biggest cities, unleashing warning shots and baton charges, and cutting Internet access in the third day of a deadly crackdown.(AFP/HO/File) .

PhotoProtesters gathering in the streets of central Yangon. Myanmar’s police and military were out in force again Friday, patrolling the deserted streets after a two-day crackdown on mass protests left at least 13 people dead and hundreds more behind bars.(AFP/Moemaka Media)

PhotoThis photo received by Internet website Mizzima News shows the crowds gathered for protest at Sule junction shortly before Myanmar security forces stormed the demonstrators in Yangon, 27 September 2007. Vigils were held in Canada’s capital and its biggest city Thursday in support of Myanmar’s pro-democracy protestors, whose demonstrations were violently broken up by their military rulers.(AFP/Mizzima News/File)

PhotoSoldiers march through central Yangon.
Satellites images may show Burmese Junta Abuses:


Images collected over the last year focused on sites in eastern Myanmar, helping document reports of villages being burned or eliminated, new villages where people had been relocated and rapidly expanding military camps, Lars Bromley of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said Friday.

In images provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, before-and-after satellite images show the site of an apparent military encampment in Burma on Nov. 11, 2000, (top), and again on Dec. 13, 2006, (bottom), when new bamboo fencing can be seen. The human rights group, Free Burma Rangers, reported a major expansion of this camp in 2006, corroborated by the AAAS analysis of images. Satellite photos showing the disappearance of villages and a buildup of army camps offer what researchers say is potential evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar, the scene of bloody anti-government protests that have drawn tens of thousands of demonstrators. (AP Photo/Top image: GeoEye Satellite Image. Bottom image: DigitalGlobe)

Japan will investigate the death of the Japanese video journalist Kengi Nagai:

Japan is sending its deputy foreign minister to Burma to investigate the death of a Japanese journalist, who was covering the anti-government protests.

Japan said it would review its aid programmes to Burma over the fatal shooting of Kenji Nagai on Thursday.

TV footage has emerged which raises the possibility that the 50-year-old may have been deliberately targeted rather than caught in police cross-fire.

Troops take back control in Burma:

Soldiers and police took control of the streets Friday, firing warning shots and tear gas to scatter the few pro-democracy protesters who ventured out as Myanmar’s military junta sealed off Buddhist monasteries and cut public Internet access.

On the third day of a harsh government crackdown, the streets were empty of the mass gatherings that had peacefully challenged the regime daily for nearly two weeks, leaving only small groups of activists to be chased around by security forces.

“Bloodbath again! Bloodbath again!” a Yangon resident yelled while watching soldiers break up one march by shooting into air, firing tear gas and beating people with clubs.

Thousands of monks had provided the backbone of the protests, but they were besieged in their monasteries, penned in by locked gates and barbed wire surrounding the compounds in the two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay. Troops stood guard outside and blocked nearby roads to keep the clergymen isolated.

Many Yangon residents seemed pessimistic over the crackdown, fearing it fatally weakened a movement that began nearly six weeks ago as small protests over fuel price hikes and grew into demonstrations by tens of thousands demanding an end to 45 years of military rule.

[…]Much of the regime’s defiance — and ability to withstand economic sanctions imposed by the West — stems from the diplomatic and financial support of neighboring China. Another neighbor, India, also has refrained from pressuring the junta.

Analysts say that as long as those two giant countries remain silent and other Southeast Asian countries keep investing in Myanmar, it is unlikely the junta will show any flexibility. Every other time the regime has been challenged by its own people, it has responded with force.



Como ya escribí ayer, han cortado el acceso a Internet y los móviles tampoco funcionan.

La Junta está tratando de echar la culpa de las protestas a las cadenas extranjeras, incluida la BBC, a los que tacha de “destruccionistas“.

Los bloggers están preocupados: hasta ahora han sido ellos los que han permitido una difusión rápida de las imágenes de la brutalidad de la Junta, pero con las nuevas restricciones es posible que no obtengan muchas más. Sólo se puede conectar con ellos con teléfonos vía satélite, cuya posesión es un delito que se paga con una pena de cárcel de tres años y medio. Además, los soldados y los policías están buscando por las calles a personas con teléfonos móviles y cámaras para detenerlas…

Pero lo que no pueden bloquear son los satélites artificiales, y al parecer hay imágenes suficientemente claras de abusos por parte de la Junta: pueblos enteros quemados o destruidos, las personas realojadas en otros sitios y campos militares que crecen rápidamente.

Por último, Japón va a investigar la muerte del video-reportero Kenji Nagai, que, según las imágenes de la TV, fue deliberadamente escogido y asesinado, y no murió por fuego cruzado.

Asimismo, han amenazado con revisar todos sus programas de ayuda al desarrollo que tengan con Birmania.

Hace escasamente una hora han informado de que los militares tienen otra vez el control sobre el país, después de que hayan cercado los monasterios, alrededor de los cuales han colocado alambre de púas y hay soldados, y hayan suspendido Internet.

Hay pesimismo en Rangún. :(

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