Suu Kyi Is Actually Going To Be Released?

Ed. Note: I smell another farse in the works here. Yes, maybe she’ll be released, but the junta in Burma is surely watching, and waiting, for her to stand up again. Soon as that happens, it’s back to house arrest, or worse, in a state run prison.

From NPR

An ally of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said an order for her release has been signed by Myanmar’s ruling generals, as hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at her political party headquarters and near her residence in anticipation.

Suu Kyi’s house arrest officially ends Saturday, but rumors swept Yangon that she might be freed as early as Friday. Riot police with assault rifles were seen near Suu Kyi’s house as about 200 supporters gathered at a nearby barbed-wire barricade.

Jailed or under house arrest for more than 15 of the last 21 years, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has become a symbol for a struggle to rid the Southeast Asian country of decades of military rule.

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Plan offers aid to free Burma’s prisoners

From The Washington Post

The United Nations has embarked on a strategy to entice Burma’s generals to free more than 2000 political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, by offering them more development money.

According to senior UN officials, special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has proposed that nations offer Burma financial incentives to free the prisoners and to open the country to democratic change. In the months ahead, the UN leadership will press the Barack Obama’s administration to relax US policy on Burma to open the door to a return of international financial institutions, including the World Bank.

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Sole Myanmar protester demands activists’ release

From The Associated Press

A lone demonstrator staged a silent protest in front of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party headquarters Saturday demanding the military government free all student activists as the country celebrated its National Day.

The holiday commemorates a boycott by Yangon University students 88 years ago in defiance of British colonial rule, a protest that inspired Myanmar’s independence movement.

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Monk Escapes from Lantalang Prison

From The Irrawaddy

A 28-year-old Burmese Buddhist monk, Ashin Pannasiri, has successfully escaped from Lantalang Prison in Chin State and arrived in Delhi, India, after 13 days.

Ashin Pannasiri said he climbed over two barbwire fences at about 1 am on September 16, when two security guards slept.

“When I climbed the posts, my hands and legs were scraped by barbwire. It was very painful, but I didn’t care about that,” he said. “I only cared about my life.”

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The Burmese Regime’s Cyber Offensive: Irrawaddy News Attack

Ed. Note – The Irrawaddy News site has temporarily moved to a blog format due to recent attacks. One would assume it’s the military junta’s way of halting news from getting out. Anyone else think something big is coming?

From The Irrawaddy Magazine
By AUNG ZAW

Marking the anniversaries of the student uprising on September 18, 1988, and the Buddhist monk-led demonstrations last year, the Burmese junta has launched another offensive—a cyber attack—on The Irrawaddy and several other Burmese news agencies in exile.

We at The Irrawaddy quickly learned the attack was linked to the anniversary of the “Saffron Revolution.” Burma’s military authorities obviously did not want any similar sentiments this year and, once again, shot down their enemies.

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Undeterred: The people’s desire

From Mizzima News

In an effort to prevent yet another peoples’ uprising, Burma’s military government has stepped up security measures, ordering police forces to remain overnight at local ward administrative offices, sources said.

A Secretary of a Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) office in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city, said at least two policemen have been ordered to stay overnight at every local ward administrative office since the beginning of September.

“In our township there are several ward offices, and at every office at least two policemen have been kept overnight to keep watch since September 4,” the Secretary told Mizzima on Saturday.

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Burma regime allows Suu Kyi to receive mail

From The Guardian

Concessions come amid concerns at Nobel peace prize winner’s hunger strike in protest at long detention

Aung San Suu Kyi refused food deliveries for three weeks.

Burma’s junta has relaxed some restrictions placed on the country’s democratically elected opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said today.

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Monastery raided in Rangoon, abbot arrested: AAPP

From Mizzima

The Thailand based Assistance Association of Political Prisoners said, a Buddhist monastery in Rangoon’s suburban township of Thanlyin was raided in the early hours of Friday by 23 people in plainclothes. They took away Thilawunthah the 58-year old abbot of the monastery.

The AAPP said a group of people, who came in three vehicles, including a car owned by the township authorities (Ma .Ya. Kah), raided the Mala Yone Monastery and arrested its abbot Sayadaw Thilawunthah.

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