Thursday, October 04, 2007

Free Burma

Troops in Rangoon opened fire on monks and their supporters on the bloodiest days of week long protests last week. Soldiers fired automatic weapons at protesters; the deaths came as thousands of protesters defied an increasingly violent government crackdown on public protests.

Burma is ruled by one of the most brutal military dictatorships in the world; a dictatorship charged by the United Nations with a “crime against humanity” for its systematic abuses of human rights, and condemned internationally for refusing to transfer power to the legally elected Government of the country – the party led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi is now serving her third term of house arrest. She was arrested on 30 May, 2003 after the regime's militia attacked her convoy and killed up to 100 of her supporters.

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