I learned of this article this morning via Rod at The Worst Horse. Seems the Burmese junta is contemplating Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom after nearly 20 years. If you believe this though you’ll believe that I am really George W. Bush writing under the guise of a Buddhist in hopes of making a comeback and becoming supreme leader of Mars once we inhabit it.
via The Worst Horse we are made aware of an interesting commercial Chrysler has released a short film, originally intended in support of the 10th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, this one if more dedicated in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. Sometimes, if not rarely, a major corporate entity actually does something to make a difference, instead of just offering lip service because they “feel bad”. Kudos to Chrysler and thanks to Rod for posting this.
Today, Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic Burmese pro democracy leader, was cruelly sentenced to another year and a half of detention on trumped up charges.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg of thousands of crimes committed by the regime against the Burmese people. Over the next two months, with the UK and the US holding the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, we have our best chance to get an international inquiry that could lead to the top generals’ arrests. But we need a massive global movement to push the US, UK and the Council to act and persuade China not to veto.
From The Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Tuesday for the release of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying she “should not have been convicted” on a charge of violating house arrest.
Suu Kyi, the 64-year-old Nobel Peace laureate, has been in detention in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for 14 of the last 20 years, mostly under house arrest. She has now been ordered to serve an 18-month sentence for allowing an uninvited American to stay at her home.
“She should not have been tried. She should not have been convicted,” Clinton told a news conference here. “We continue to call for her release.”
Supporters of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi made preparations around the world Thursday to mark her 64th birthday, with calls for her release from jail as she faces trial by the ruling junta.
The Nobel laureate is set to spend her birthday on Friday at Yangon’s notorious Insein prison, where she is being held on charges of violating her house arrest after an American man swam to her lakeside house.
As Aung San Suu Kyi goes on “trial” this Monday, on trumped up charges, keep her in your thoughts. New information is circulating about the fact she was framed from the beginning, news about a cab driver that encountered John Yettaw and some documents Yettaw showed him which could blow up in the face of the Burmese junta and Than Shwe.
But, as we all know, the junta always seems to weasel their way, not really weasel but more like brutally get their way. The court is a sham, the government is a sham and this whole thing is ludicrous. The international community needs to step up and support the freedom the people of Burma deserve. The freedom we enjoy every day is nothing but hypocrisy if we don’t do something for Aung San Suu Kyi and the people that VOTED her into power years ago.
From The Times Online
Squads of pro-government militia men were brought into the area around Rangoon’s Insein Prison, and local shops were ordered to close, as the authorities acted to pre-empt public anger ahead of tomorrow’s trial of the Burmese democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
According to Burmese journalists in Rangoon, members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association and the Swan Arr Shin paramilitary group have taken up positions close to government buildings and monasteries. They are stopping and searching cars and pedestrians, apparently fearing a repeat of the events of September 2007, when tens of thousands of Buddhist monks led anti-government protests which were violently quashed.
From The Irrawaddy
There is growing doubt among Burmese observers that the bizarre case of an American intruder who managed to enter the highly restricted property of democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was the work of one misguided individual.
The incident involving John William Yettaw, an American national who allegedly wanted to interview Suu Kyi for a book he was writing, has resulted not only in his arrest, but also that of Suu Kyi herself, as well as her two live-in assistants and her doctor.
The arrests come less than two weeks before the democracy icon was due to be released after serving six under house arrest.
From The New York Times
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was taken to prison by Myanmar security officials on Thursday morning and was scheduled to stand trial later in the day for allowing an American man to stay overnight in her home, an apparent violation of her long-term house arrest, her lawyer said.
The American, identified as John William Yettaw, of Falcon, Mo., swam across a lake in central Yangon last week and sneaked into Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi’s heavily guarded residential compound. She pleaded with him to leave, her lawyer said in an interview on Thursday, but he complained of cramping and she allowed him to stay.
The lawyer, U Kyi Win, called Mr. Yettaw “a nutty fellow.”