Category Archives: Burma

Burmese monks stage rare protest

Zoe Daniel

Five monks have locked themselves inside a building at a religious compound
in Burma in a rare protest against the hardline government.

The monks have locked themselves in a building in the city of Mandalay
and have draped banners outside bearing the messages: “We want
freedom”, “free all political prisoners” and “stop civil war now”. Continue reading


Wall Street protests enter 11th day

(CNN) — Protests to draw attention to the power of Wall Street firms in the United
States and world economies will continue for an 11th straight day in lower Manhattan Tuesday. Continue reading

Police prevent Myanmar democracy protest

Yangon – Police in military-dominated Myanmar on Monday prevented a rare protest by pro-democracy activists on the fourth anniversary of a bloody crackdown on a monk-led uprising, an official said. Continue reading

Suu Kyi makes first political trip outside main city

(CNN) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday made her
first political trip outside the main city since her release from house arrest last year.

Residents lined the streets to greet the Nobel laureate as she made stops in Bago
with her 30-car convoy. Continue reading

Burma is a Facist Disneyland : Aung San Suu Kyi

If the Western world can conjure up images of Burma, it’s thanks in large part to
last year’s Oscar-nominated documentary Burma VJ, which detailed the 2007
nonviolent uprising by thousands of Buddhist monks and ordinary Burmese
citizens against the ruling military junta. Constructed from footage smuggled Continue reading

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi to address U.S. Congress on Myanmar conditions

Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to testify via video about conditions in her nation.
By the CNN Wire Staff(CNN)
— Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will address members of the U.S.
Congress this week, a rare foray into American politics for a woman who is
lauded internationally even as she struggles to be heard in her native Myanmar. Continue reading

Burma bans Skype, severing global communication

Molly McHugh Tue Mar 22, 6:25 pm ET

Earlier this month we reported that Burma had timidly entered among the countries
joining the Facebook revolutions
. The Facebook page “Just Do It Against Military Dictatorship”
gathered steam (which has since somewhat level off), and it appeared that activists were
attempting to use the extremely limited Internet access Burma had.
While every country involved in the social-media bred demonstrations has struggled
against anoppressive government, Burmese authorities are known for their extreme
violence against citizens. Continue reading

Burmese Activists Launch Facebook Group

By Alex Ellgee / Rangoon
Inspired by anti-government protests across the Middle East, a group of young professionals in Burma has set up a Facebook account called ‘Just Do It against the Military Dictatorship’ — better known either as “Just Do It” or “JD.” The account already has over 1,600 members and continues to grow. According to the organizers of the group, over half the members live in Burma. Continue reading

Burmese Attempt Own ‘Facebook Revolution’


In an attempt to emulate the democratic revolution in Egypt that was sparked by a Facebook campaign, a group of Burmese activists operating inside the country have set up a Facebook page dubbed “Just Do It Against Military Dictatorship.”

The social networking campaign denounces the country’s military dictatorship, calls for Burmese military chief Snr-Gen Than Shwe and his family to leave the country and urges the army to join with the people.

The campaign began on Feb. 13—just two days after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned from office under pressure from protesters.

The “Just Do It Against Military Dictatorship” Facebook homepage on March 2, 2011. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

The Facebook page, now known simply as “JD,” has prompted the distribution of anti-government material in a number of places across Burma and raised security levels in Rangoon.“We are not daydreaming,” said an activist in Rangoon who said he was a JD supporter. “No dictator can resist a popular movement, we know.”

The campaign has now received the support of over 1,000 activists in Burma, according to one of the organizers who declined to be named due to personal safety concerns. Continue reading

After Egypt and Libya, What’s Next for Those Still Under Dictatorships?

Alex Wagner

White House Correspondent
Contact Author » As it stands, 2011 will be remembered as the year that a handful of harsh
dictatorships around the world fell — or at least teetered on the edge of collapse —
driven by largely peaceful public protest.
President Obama, in his remarks on the situation in Libya this week, eloquently summed up the moment as he recalled a plea from one Libyan protester: “We just want to be able to live like human beings.” Continue reading