Anniversary of Resistance Day (27/03/2009)
Burmese protest outside the Burma Embassy in London on Resistance Day, which marks the anniversary of the start of Burmese resistance to the occupying Japanese army in World War II.
Gen. Aung San, the Founder of today’s Burma’s Army said, "Our armed forces are not for tyrannizing the people, not for flaunting their power in reliance on weapons. The armed forces are the servants of the country and not the other way round." But in reality, the situation in Burma is other way round. Burmese held the demonstration in front of the military regime’s embassy to let the world know that they don’t want military dictatorship in Burma and will fight until they can restore the government of the people, by the people and for the people.
The Burmese reject the junta’s planned 2010 sham election, in which Aung San Suu Kyi is not even allowed to stand. Her party, the National League for Democracy won the 1990 elections with 82% of the vote, but the corrupt military junta did not honour their own election. The Burmese ask for the 1990 election result to be realised and for talks on national reconciliation. The referendum for the 2010 election constitution carried a 3 year jail sentence for anyone who campaigned for a No vote in the referendum and many Burmese did not even cast their vote as they found government officials had already voted for them. Corrupt military junta, corrupt constitution, corrupt election.
Second Demonstration (Europe-wide Day of Action)
Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO)
King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH
Burmese demands include:
* The EU strengthens the Common Position, including banking and financial sanctions, and sanctions stopping European companies providing insurance in Burma,
* The EU does more to pressure the military regime to free all political prisoners in Burma,
* The EU rejects the military regime’s 2010 elections and sham 2008 constitution in the present form,
* The EU does more to encourage reconciliation and tripartite dialogue without delay,
* The EU does more to challenge the dictatorship to immediately stop all human rights abuses in Burma.
Please, do not let your voice be silent for Free Burma. It is great chance to speak out your voice for Free Burma.
Please, do show your liberty to promote Crisis in Burma.
For further information on Burma and pro-democracy and human rights events in the UK please see:
www.burmacampaign.org.uk Burma Campaign UK
www.nld-la.org.uk/ National League for Democracy (UK)
www.bdmauk.org Burmese Democracy Movement Association
www.bdcburma.org/ Burma Democractic Concern
www.csw.org.uk/changeforburma.htm Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Free Burma’s Political Prisoners Now petition
Will you make a stand for Burma’s Political Prisoners?
Thousands of people across the world are uniting with one voice demanding the release all of Burma’s political prisoners. They are taking part in a global signature campaign which aims to collect 888,888 signatures before 24 May 2009 the legal date that Burma¹s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi should be released from house arrest
Over 200,000 people already have signed up to the campaign calling for UN Secretary General to make it his personal priority
to secure the release of all of Burma¹s Political Prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi.
Will you sign the petition now? Sign here:
The petition has a target of 888,888 signatures, symbolising 8.8.88, the day the junta massacred some 3,000 people who courageously protested in Burma¹s largest democracy uprising. We¹ve made big progress towards that target but need your help if we¹re going to make it.
Here are some facts about political prisoners in Burma:
* There are over 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
* They are innocent: These prisoners have committed no crime. They have been
imprisoned for peacefully calling for democracy and freedom in Burma.
* They are subjected to horrific torture: Once in prison, democracy
activists face horrific torture, including electric shocks, rape, iron rods
rubbed on their shins until the flesh rubs off, severe beatings and solitary
* They endure terrible suffering: Many prisoners are kept in their cells 24
hours a day, given inadequate food and are in poor health. However, the
regime appears to be systematically denying medical treatment to political
For more professional photos these Resistance Day protests please see toastyoneuk’s collection at:
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