Bloodbath Again! Burma, Part Five

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This will be the second post today about what is happening in Burma.  The news is grim.  Today, there were no massive protests as the military has taken control of the streets.  Read all about it:

Troops Take Back Control in Myanmar

There were small groups of activists who challenged the military, but they were quickly taken care of by the military.  As they were clubbed and shot at, they shouted “Bloodbath again!  Bloodbath again!”

The civilians were dealt a serious blow by the military when the monks were corralled.  As one woman said, “The monks are the ones who give us courage. I don’t think that we have any more hope to win.”  This same woman has not seen her boyfriend and fears he has been arrested.

Here is one description of today’s actions:

Just a few blocks from the Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, some 2,000 protesters armed only with insults and boos briefly confronted soldiers, wearing green uniforms with red bandanas around their necks and holding shields and automatic weapons.

As the crowd drew near, the soldiers fired bullets in the air, sending most of the protesters scurrying away. A handful of demonstrators still walked toward the troops but were beaten with clubs and dragged into trucks to be driven away.

Still others vow to continue to demonstrate despite the military crackdown.  One civilian said, “We will win this time because the international community is putting a lot of pressure.”

I wish that were so but I tend to agree with a different Burmese civilian who is quoted as saying, “Why don’t the Americans come to help us? Why doesn’t America save us?”   But of course American can’t save them.  We are too busy elsewhere.  All we can do is put sanctions on the leaders of Burma.

Yahoo has installed a Full Coverage News section devoted to the Burma crisis.  You can access it here.

The Charleston Pst and Courier has published the following editorial:

Burma protest needs world support

Unfortunately it seems less likely everyday that anyone is going to do anything to stand up for the peaceful demonstrators of Burma.  No one wants to take on the Burmese government because everyone is more interested in the resources of Burma than in a democratic Burma.  Read about that:

Action On Myanmar Unlikely Despite Anger

Finally there is a flickr site set up by Yahoo devoted to this story as well.  Find it here.  And there are plenty of other, privately designed, flickr sites devoted to this story as well.  Just search “Myanmar Monks” or “Burma Monks” and you will find them.

Pray for the Burmese people.  They are peaceful.  They want respect from their government.  They want a say in their lives. 

And pray for our world leaders so they may find a way to help the people of Burma have those things.


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3 Responses

  1. […] worse, it seems that few, other than a few sharp-eyed bloggers, have been covering this developing story with any real zeal. Until today. Until it’s probably […]

  2. Just wanted to say Hi —

    I am also a poet — and from Burma — so glued to net recently.

    Thanks for your Burma coverage.


  3. Kyi May Kaung,

    Thanks for your comment. And I am so sorry for your country — and for my country not supporting your citizens more effectively. I hope your friends and relatives are safe. I hope your country is safe.

    My prayers are with the world these days.

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