Saturday, October 13, 2007

Videos of bloody crackdown in Burma

Inside Myanmar : The Crackdown

Part ll of this AlJazeera report here.

More videos of crackdown here, here, here, here and here.

"In Rangoon, people say they are more frightened now than when soldiers were shooting on the streets."

The scale of the crackdown remains undocumented. The regime has banned journalists from entering Burma and has blocked internet access and phone lines.

Mark Farmaner of the Burma Campaign UK says the number of dead is possibly in the hundreds. "The regime covers up its atrocities. We will never know the true numbers," he said.

At the weekend the government said it has released more than half of the 2,171 people arrested, but exile groups estimate the number of detentions between 6,000 and 10,000.

In Rangoon, people say they are more frightened now than when soldiers were shooting on the streets.

"When there were demonstrations and soldiers on the streets, the world was watching," said a professional woman who watched the marchers from her office.

"But now the soldiers only come at night. They take anyone they can identify from their videos. People who clapped, who offered water to the monks, who knelt and prayed as they passed. People who happened to turn and watch as they passed by and their faces were caught on film. It is now we are most fearful. It is now we need the world to help us."
The full article
Only now, the full horror of Burmese junta's repression of monks emerges

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By Eric Ellis/Asian Sentinel


Anonymous said...

Hi Martyn,

The video you've posted is an al-jazeera english programme in which one their journalist went undercover in Burma. You can watch the full video here:

By the way, I recently posted this too:

I can't wait to watch Speakers Cornered. Any hints on when it'll make its appearance on the 'net? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Looks like the links in my comment didn't turn out well. Sorry about that. Try clicking on these. They go to the same blog postings:

Full video of crackdown

Speakers Cornered in Johor


Anonymous said...

If you are concern about the issues in Myanmar, why don't you go over there to help them????

I believe that Myanmar needs you more.