Monday, October 01, 2007

Burma/Myanmar Update (Day 13)

(Boston Globe)

Out of sight, out of mind. This, I believe, is the tactic being used by the oppressive military regime. They have managed to round-up most of the monks/protesters and truck them to secret prisons therefore quashing the rebellion.

It's so disheartening. Folks living on about US$1/day can hardly be expected to mount much of a fight against a heavily-armed army with the backing of the Chinese government.

The death-toll is uncertain because of the lack of communication with the outside world.

Catherine, my girlfriend and citizen of Burma, has been unable to speak with her family since this began because the government has shut down all internet access and telephone lines.

The U.N. is beginning to take action. I am afraid that their threats of international sanctions are falling on deaf ears. The country has been isolated for so long that further isolation will simply maintain the status quo.

The only way to turn the tide in Burma is to convince the government in Beijing that it's time for a change in Burma. Without the support of the leadership in China, the military thugs will fall.

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Hi David,

Please let Catherine know that I'm thinking of her and her family. I hope she is able to contact them soon.