Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Free Burma

My heart goes out to the Burmese people - from my interactions with them - they have told me of the many hardship that they have to go through like

"It's believed now that the Junta or the Myanmar Govt during the Protest was blaming that the firing of the monks was done by the Chin Battalion ( Chin people are an ethnic tribal minority in the western part of Burma) trying to incite a communal problem between the majority speaking burman people and the Chin."

Forced labor- building roads, railway lines (aka death railway) with pick and spades without any renumeration and their own home cooked food.
Superstition - lots of superstition abound, there's no free knowledge, no free press and people are dirt poor.
But then there are also people who are in favor of the Junta or the Generals as they are known saying that if Burma (Myanmar) were to have democracy- the country would split up , they too have their share of insurgents- the Karen people being the most well known, the Chin could be another. Hence, their support for the Generals out of fear of fragmentation of the country, this could be also one of the reasons that India is not actively supporting the Democracy movement in Burma but is more into building a relationship with the Generals so that the Insurgency in Northeast can be curbed down , many of the Insurgent groups in Northeast ( NSCN-IM, ULFA, MPLF) have camps in Burma, with the probable coming of Democracy, there is a chance that there could be chaos and Balkanization of Burma, leading to Independent states which could further fuel the insurgent movement in India as many of the tribes speaking the same language live on both sides of the border between Burma and India.


Free Burma!

AIZOL TIMES -

Aizawl, Oct 2: The Mizoram for Democracy in Burma today organized a march rally for democracy in Burma in which hundreds of citizens participated in the rally, marching for the restoration of democracy and end of violence in Burma.

Resolutions made at the march rally:

We, the people assembled in favor of democracy in Burma on October 2, 2007 in Aizawl:

1. Whole heartedly support the peaceful demonstrators for the restoration of democracy in Burma.

2. Strongly condemn the military junta in Burma for its attempt to suppress innocent civilians and monks, who are trying to restore democracy, with great impunity.

3. Agree that restoration of democracy in Burma is the only solution to human rights violation in that country.

4. Demand that India, being the largest democracy in the world, must take strong initiative action for the restoration of democracy in her neighbouring country, i.e. Burma.

5. Plead that India must establish commercial relationship with Burma only when democracy is restored in the country.

6. Demand that Indian Embassy in Yangon must be opened for the safety of the lives of democratic peace demonstrators.

7. Insist that UN envoy and rapporteur should not only try to negotiate with military authorities, but also with the leaders of various ethnic nationalities in Burma.

8. Understand the problems of supporters for restoration of democracy in Burma and if they are forcibly suppressed by the military junta, agree to provide hospitality to those who might come to Mizoram for physical safety.

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