Monday, October 01, 2007

Brutal crackdown continues in Burma

Story: "Thousands of protesters are dead and the bodies of hundreds of executed monks have been dumped in the jungle, a former intelligence officer for Burma's ruling junta has revealed.

The most senior official to defect so far, Hla Win, said: "Many more people have been killed in recent days than you've heard about. The bodies can be counted in several thousand."

Mr Win, who spoke out as a Swedish diplomat predicted that the revolt has failed, said he fled when he was ordered to take part in a massacre of holy men.
Reports from exiles along the frontier confirmed that hundreds of monks had simply "disappeared" as 20,000 troops swarmed around Rangoon yesterday to prevent further demonstrations by religious groups and civilians.

Word reaching dissidents hiding out on the border suggested that as well as executions, some 2,000 monks are being held in the notorious Insein Prison or in university rooms which have been turned into cells.

Picture (Graphic in Nature)

There were reports that many were savagely beaten at a sports ground on the outskirts of Rangoon, where they were heard crying for help.

Others who had failed to escape disguised as civilians were locked in their bloodstained temples."

So the initial reports were indeed false, and far more blood was spilled by this dictatorship then was previously let on.

As much as I usually don't like hollywood, but Slyvester Stallone was present recently, and only further confirms the brutal nature of this government.
"The 61-year-old actor-director returned to the U.S. eight days ago from shooting "John Rambo," the fourth movie in the action series, on the Salween River separating Thailand and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Stallone said he was in Thailand for six months, most of it along or on the river.

"This is a hellhole beyond your wildest dreams," Stallone said. "All the trails are mined. The only way into Burma is up the river."

This was before the crackdown last week against the largest pro-democracy protests in Myanmar in two decades. After the government increased fuel prices in August, public anger turned to mass protest against 45 years of military dictatorship. Last week, soldiers responded by opening fire with automatic weapons on unarmed demonstrators."

As they say, Power Corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutly. Thank God America has some checks and balences that keep this fragile union in the balence.


Mercy Now said...

Injustice indeed. It's the party w/ the most might wins in a non-democratic state.

Palm boy said...

Might makes right is the theory.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I dont like the photo you posted of the body floating in water.

It may disturb some readers.

Palm boy said...

Matt, I appreciate the concern. But I think that if it disturbs, then it is also a reminder of how brutal and cruel this regime is.

I'll put a link up, rather then the picture.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thankyou for your sensitivity.

kingdavid said...

Let's just be thankful that liberals everywhere are out doing things like exposing their breasts for peace, singing 'We are the World,' and sending out love vibes across the universe.

How this kind of evil can perpetuate is beyond belief when you consider the courage it takes for these kind of people to march up and down the streets of America and possibly be exposed to inclement weather, or miss their usual at Starbucks.

If Saddam Hussein would have known that some woman in Berkely had been exposing her breasts to stop him, it would have saved the US a whole lot time and trouble.

Gino said...

this just shows ya: you cant overthrow a govt with barefoot bald guys who dont like weapons.

of course they were crushed.
whadya expect?

Anonymous said...

In Burma resistance continues, and continues, and continues, and continues, for over 46 years now! In case you didn't know, Burma has our planet's second largest army (China has the largest) with a population of only 78 million!! Burma's downtown protests happened because recently the dictators pushed 500,000 troops into the hills of the Karen tribes to try and knock out the Karen resistance. Which basically means 150-500 troops descending on a few isloated unarmed farming families every day to rape and torture and murder, all well documented with video and photographs. Why? Because while they farm and sell rice they refuse to say the dictatos are nice people. Anyway, dictators are always looking for fellow humans to slaughter. Unarmed innocents are fair game in a every homocidal criminal's mind. In fact, they are always the first choice of victim. This will continue until the dictators are visited by military force that says "STOP!"

Anonymous said...

Sure, we all know the Burma's rulers are going to the jailhouse. It's just a question of why the necessary icnursion of justice moves so slow it could almost be paralytic. Excepting knockouts like Iraq and Afghanistan and Chechnya and... I hate the waiting part. Do they really have to watch the military perversion ALWAYS! before they prosecute?

Anonymous said...

Burma dictator = gutted suckerfish

Anonymous said...

I'm drafted!