Wednesday, September 26, 2007

MYANMAR ( Burma )

I have been watching the news and the current development in Myanmar with great concern. The street protests which started about a week ago in several cities across this tightly-controlled nation have now spiralled into mega-protests involving more than a 100,000 people. Led by the country's revered Buddhist monks, the huge movement is the biggest world news at the moment. A short while ago, US President George Bush expressed his anger and outrage at the UN 62nd General Assembly against the ruling military junta. Many other world leaders did the same. But ASEAN seems pretty muted.

The situation is approaching critical point...for the regime as well as the protesters.
My wife and I spent a week there in June this year.
The Shwedagon temple is the single most revered landmark in all of Myanmar.
It is now sealed off by the military to prevent the monks and protesters from using it as a focal point in their struggle for democracy.
The other picture is the entrance of the Singapore Embassy. Further down this stretch of road is
the villa where Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is kept under house detention and where she appeared at her main gate to acknowledge the monks a few days ago.

1 comment:

uncle dick said...

A dawn to dusk curfew has just been imposed in the 2 largest cities of Yangon and Mandalay.
Also the cities have been declared as "restricted areas" like in a war zone.