Over the past week I have been deeply touched in reading about the protests in Burma/Myanmar by the tens of thousands of Buddhist monks in an effort to undermine their brutal and repressive military regime. The politics of the Myanmar people have be a personal interest for some time and back in February I wrote a blog post on the country’s repressed democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has been on house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years.
Here is the wikipedia entry on the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests.
Here is a link to a Sunday Times Article that outlines the situation in Myanmar and what we and the world can do. Bassically the author argues that Western economic sanctions will have little or no impact on the military jantra. The most important tool in fighting for Burma is the media and in broadcasting images that display the reality of oppression.
Here is a copy of a viral email I received today from astrologer Georgia Nicols:
Hello dear readers,
Today I received an e-mail from Shirley Blair, who runs the school in Nepal for which my website raises money. The e-mail is from a monk who details tragic news from Myanmar.
It is almost impossible for information to get out of the country. I am sending you this message in the hopes that someone can help get this news into the media. (I have already sent this e-mail to the papers and magazines I deal with.)
|From:||“S Blair” <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|To:||“S Blair” <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Fwd: Some Fact from Yangoon|
This just came from a monk friend in Nepal.
|From:||Tashi Wangchuk <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||28 Sep 2007 10:44|
|Subject:||Some Fact from Yangoon|
We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago.
We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!!
For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning.
A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away.
The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets.
When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery.
Please tell your audience of the full extent of the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!!
‘Arrested’ is not enough expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!!
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