A United Nations special envoy is meeting with Burma government officials to intervene in the government’s crack down on demonstrators.
“The secretary general asked his envoy to call on the Burma authorities to cease the repression of peaceful protest, release the detainees and move more credibly and inclusively in the direction of democratic reform, human rights and national reconciliation…”
…In Rangoon, the site of the largest protests, demonstrators dispersed at the weekend as the military and security forces were out in force on the streets.
email from Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
If you haven’t heard much about Burma in the news during the past few days, its because the Burmese military junta has successfully managed to cut most lines of popular communication with the outside world.
This has enabled the regime to crack down on democracy activists under a veil of near darkness.
Reports of horrendous violence on lay people and on the monastic community have confirmed the fears of the continued willingness of the regime to degrade, brutalize and murder their own citizens.
Making sure that the world can witness what is going on within Burma is one of the only means we have of keeping the activities of the government under check and bring power back into the hands of the Burmese people.
There is a dire need to get video equipment and transmission equipment back into the country and into the hands of democracy activists so that the world can once again bring its attention to the needs of the people of Burma.
We are now in the process of purchasing a large number of â€œflip videoâ€ cameras which are very discrete, AA battery operated, tape-less cameras who data can be uploaded directly to a computer and then sent by satellite phone out to the world.
The cameras are only about $100 a piece and we need your help to purchase them and the more expensive transmission equipment needed to get the video out of the country.
Many people have already pledged their resources toward this endeavor. Please join them quickly so that we can open the widow back to Burma and hold the regime accountable for its actions.
Please click on this link to download an mp3 file of a group of Burmese nuns chanting the Metta [lovingkindness] chant.
You can imagine what it sounded like with 100,000 people chanting it in the streets, or a few thousand in their prison cells, a few hundred trapped in their monasteries, or a small family hiding quietly in their home.
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