Archive for the ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’ Category

Prison Terms Cripple Myanmar Democracy Movement

November 16, 2008

In a devastating week for Myanmar’s democracy movement, dozens of its members have been sentenced to length prison terms, as the military-ruled government locks away writers and Buddhist monks — as well as musicians, a poet and at least one journalist.

By MICK ELMORE, Associated Press Writer

By the weekend, more than 80 had received sentences of up to 65 years — a move that seemed designed to keep them jailed long past the upcoming elections, activists and analysts said Sunday.

“They are clearing the decks of anyone who is likely to challenge their authority ahead of the election” in 2010, Larry Jagan, a Bangkok-based newspaper columnist and Myanmar analyst, said of the generals who rule the country.

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Twenty-three ... 
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Twenty-three pro-democracy activists arrested during anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar last year were each sentenced to 65 years in jail.(AFP/MYANMAR NEWS AGENCY/AFP)

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Thailand’s new PM defends Myanmar

March 16, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand‘s new prime minister said Sunday Westerners were overly critical of Myanmar and that he had a newfound respect for the nation’s military leaders after learning they meditate like good Buddhists.

In this photo released by the Thai Spokesman Office, Thailand's ...
In this photo released by the Thai Spokesman Office, Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, left, and his Myanmar counterpart Gen. Thein Sein toast during a reception in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Friday, March 14, 2008. Samak was in Myanmar for a one-day visit in a bid to shore up economic ties between the two countries as Thailand is one of the biggest foreign investors and trading partners of military-ruled Myanmar.
(AP Photo/Thai Spokesman Office, HO) 

“Westerners have a saying, ‘Look at both sides of the coin,’ but Westerners only look at one side,” Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said in his weekly television talk show, two days after an official visit to Myanmar.

“Myanmar is a Buddhist country. Myanmar’s leaders meditate. They say the country lives in peace,” Samak said, noting that he has studied Myanmar for decades but just learned that members of the junta meditate. Both countries are predominantly Buddhist.

Myanmar’s junta has come under global criticism for its deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters last year and its detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but Samak said he preferred to talk about bilateral trade not democracy during talks with junta chief, Senior Gen. Than Shwe.

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Myanmar’s junta stalls envoy another day

October 1, 2007

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar‘s junta leader stalled a U.N. envoy for yet another day Monday, delaying his chance to present international demands for an end to the crackdown on the largest protests in two decades.

After days of intimidation that snuffed out the public demonstrations led by Buddhist monks, soldiers and riot police redeployed from Yangon‘s center to the outskirts Monday, but were still checking cars and buses, and monitoring the city by helicopter.

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Myanmar protesters hit 100,000 mark

September 24, 2007

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Some 100,000 anti-government protesters led by a phalanx of Buddhist monks marched Monday through Yangon, the largest crowd to demonstrate in Myanmar‘s biggest city since a 1988 pro-democracy uprising that was brutally crushed by the military.

As the march headed toward the Defense Ministry’s offices along a straight stretch of road, the back of the crowd could not be seen from the front. Monks and activists estimated the turnout was about 100,000, though an exact count was difficult.

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20,000 March in Myanmar Against Junta, for Democracy

20,000 March in Myanmar Against Junta, for Democracy

September 23, 2007

YANGON, Myanmar – Riot police and barbed wire barricades blocked hundreds of monks and anti-government demonstrators from approaching the home of the detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, in a new show of force against a rising protest movement.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Led by Buddhist monks and joined by nuns, some 20,000 people protested against the junta on Sunday and shouted their support for Suu Kyi, who made her first public appearance in four years on Saturday when a crowd of monks and sympathizers was permitted to pass her house.

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