Myanmar state media mum on Cyclone Giri destruction

Yangon – Myanmar’s state-run media was mum Sunday on the destruction wrought by Cyclone Giri on the western Rakhine State, where relief agencies have reported widespread destruction.


Sunday newspapers reported that the cyclone had been downgraded to a low pressure area over the Sagaing Region by Saturday, but failed to reveal the extent of destruction the storm had done Friday to the coast of Rakhine State.,mum-cyclone-giri-destruction.html

TOKYO CALLING: to “denounce the SPDC’s sham election” 27thOctober

Some Japanese MPs are expected to attend and deliver their
speeches. The GS of JTUC-RENGO and some foreign labor union
activists are also going to attend. The event
will be held on 27thOctober, Wednesday, starts from 13:30 at MIKAWADIA Koen (Garden).

After the speeches, there will be processions, walking around DIET building and office of
MOFA and end at HIBIYA Koen.The time
for precessions will be about (40) minutes. JTUC,
PFB, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Now and AI will collaborate. With
regards, Tin Win Akbar

Security Tight in Rangoon Amid Rumors of Protests

The Burmese junta tightened security around downtown Rangoon on Saturday amid reports that monks and activists planned to gather at the city’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda to protest next month’s election, according to local sources.

“Since this morning, riot police trucks have been going around the city and security forces are on standby near Shwedagon Pagoda and at monasteries near Rangoon General Hospital in Pazundaung Township,” said a source in Rangoon.

Saturday marked the end of the Buddhist Lent, a major event on Burma’s religious calendar, so temples and pagodas around the country were crowded as normal. But the authorities in Rangoon were on high alert after monks and activists reportedly issued a statement recently saying they would organize protests against the Nov.7 election.

According to local journalists, there were unconfirmed reports that at least two monks had been detained at Shwedagon Pagoda.

“Monks and other people started gathering around Shwedagon at about 11 am. Witnesses told us that two monks were taken into custody by government agents. Maybe they were detained briefly,” said a reporter for a local private journal.

“They were handing out pamphlets that said they don’t not accept the election or the new flag that the government introduced a couple of days ago,” he added.

Meanwhile, authorities attempted to deter some opposition politicians from traveling to Kale in northern Burma’s Sagaing Division, where ethnic leaders are scheduled to gather for a meeting on ethnic minority rights over the weekend.

“U Aung Thein, a lawyer for the National League for Democracy, was questioned by the authorities while he was traveling to Kale,” said a dissident source. “He is now safely in Kale with other opposition and ethnic politicians for the meeting.”

Opposition politicians and ethnic leaders have called for another gathering like the Panglong Conference of February 1947, when Burma’s independence leaders agreed to a political formula that guaranteed the rights of the country’s many ethnic minorities.


အလံႏွစ္ခု တူေနသလား.. လုိ ့…???

၀ဲပုံ( ယေန ့အသုံးျပဳမည့္အလံ)။ ယာပုံ (ျပည္ေထာင္စု ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ အမ်ဳိးသား ၫြန္႔ေပါင္းအစိုးရအလံ – မာနယ္ပေလာ အစည္းအေ၀းခမ္းမတစ္ခုမွျမင္ကြင္း)

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Singapore Calling:”No To Burma’s Sham Election” 30.October

30 October · 16:00 – 17:00

Location Speakers’ Corner

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More info Join us at Speakers’ Corner on Saturday, 30 October 2010 from 4pm to 4.45pm to say “NO TO BURMA’S SHAM ELECTIONS” .

Come for a photo session and get your voice heard with a large placard that reads “No to Burma’s Sham Elections”. As a gesture of solidarity, do wear a red shirt for the event.

The Burmese Junta is determined to push through with elections on 7 November 2010. This is being done despite electoral laws that clearly do not allow a free and fair election.

Long-time dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest while many political prisoners are still held in prison. Meanwhile, the Burmese people are living in constant fear of torture and harassment under the military regime.

Join us as we stand in unity with the people of Burma. Let us come together to say “No” to the planned election – a sham election that does not represent the true voice of the people.

No to Burma’s Sham Election!