Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Thousands of Burmese citizens, led by Buddhist monks, have took to the streets right this very moment to demonstrate against their despicable military dictatorship. Since 1962 this country has been ravaged by its government. Torture, systematic rape, use of child soldiers and forced marriages are common daily occurrences in Burma.
It seems the populace has had its fill. The demonstrations were triggered by the government doubling the price of fuel which hit the poor and vulnerable the most. The demo has rapidly gained momentum and has spread across the country.
The government is scared. Last night it announced on state controlled media that it was ready to "take action" against the monks. It takes little imagination to hear the dripping threat of violence. The junta viciously repressed the last demonstrations in 1988, killing some 3,000 people.
I hope the political pressure that the UN, US, China e.t.c are applying will encourage the government to exercise restraint. Mind, these demonstrations feel like an unstoppable force from where I'm sat. I hope the Burmese have the mettle to see this one through and take back the freedom which is rightfully theirs.
Now, if Bush and his cronies had given as much effort to Burma as they have in their faux campaign against the "axis of evil" then perhaps the world would be a better place right now.
Posted by jamon at 08:37