Friday, May 25, 2007

Free Aung San Suu Kyi !

Myanmar extends Suu Kyi detention
- Al Jazeera

Myanmar's military regime has extended the detention of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, police sources have said."We issued an order of further detention," the sources said on Friday.The latest period of her detention began in May 2003 and was due to expire this weekend.

On Wednesday, Laura Bush, the US first lady, and female US senators added their voice to international demands that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate be freed.

That call was echoed by the US state department, which also condemned the detention of other Myanmar activists, saying it showed the military government had "renewed its assault on human rights".

"The situation in Burma is not just about one woman. It's also about the treatment of a people who live under the fist of repression."
-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Full story here.

Being married to a Burmese woman and having visited the beautiful country of Burma, I have very strong feelings about what takes place over there. If ever there was a government that needed to be overthrown, this is it. The people of Burma have put up with this fascist crap for far too long.

If you want to do something to help the people of Burma, you can start by clicking here.

Myanmar timeline:

1988: Military crackdown on pro-democracy protests, est. 3,000 killed

1989: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to house arrest for allegedly endangering the state

1990: NLD wins landslide in national election, military refuses to recognise result

1991: Suu Kyi awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1995: Suu Kyi freed, but movements restricted

1997: Myanmar admitted to ASEAN

2000: Suu Kyi sentenced to house arrest for defying travel restrictions

2002: Suu Kyi released following UN-facilitated secret talks with govt

2003: Govt unveils "road map" to democracy; Suu Kyi returned to house arrest after her convoy is attacked in north of country

2005: Govt announces shift to new capital Naypidaw

2007: Nearly 3,000 prisoners released in amnesty to mark independence anniversary, no key political figures freed


At May 25, 2007 12:25 PM, Blogger spocko said...

Interesting story. Do they have any of our American Oil under their dirt?

I'm going to learn more about this.

At May 25, 2007 4:43 PM, Blogger beachblogger said...

dear pt,

thanks for the post. unplayed piano is a good tune.

peace, peter

At May 25, 2007 9:01 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I keep reading about this and it lingers in the back of my mind. I'll do something this time.

At May 26, 2007 12:30 AM, Blogger Freewayblogger said...

Back in the 90's I watched the shelling of Manerplaw, a Karen resistance stronghold on the border with Thailand. Very strange and beautiful (at night) and scary.

Later I read they were using chemical shells. Fucking amazing shit like this can still go on.

At May 26, 2007 1:22 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Unfortunately Burma has nothing of note to offer the U.S.. A treasure trove of jewels and opium, but apparently not enough to interest the capitalist pigs of the United States.

Glad you liked it, my friend.

As always, you're the one I know I can count on to do something.

The Karen tribe are most noted for their "long-necked" women. The next time you go to Burma, take me with you.

At May 26, 2007 5:25 PM, Blogger Liberal White Boy said...

Hey, who are you calling capitalist pigs?

At May 27, 2007 7:45 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Everyone except you, LWB. Welcome to my blog. Put your feet up and stay awhile.

At May 27, 2007 7:57 AM, Blogger WeezieLou said...

Suu Kyi has been, for years, one of my she-roes. My very first post at PT was about her. she is a dignified and noble women being punished due to fear. i remember her when i despair of one person actually making a difference. she does.

At May 27, 2007 8:12 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Right you are, Weezielou. Having spent the majority of her adult life under house arrest for standing up for her beliefs is inspirational, to say the least.

At June 01, 2007 12:02 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Agree totally with your sentiments re Suu Kyi. While we're saluting women of courage, can we spare a moment for Malalai Joyo in Afghanistan: anti-imperialist and anti-feudalist. See my blog:

Regards to all


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