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Suu Kyi’s Party Launches Vote ‘No’ Tour

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The Moustache Brothers urge voters to vote “No” with arms crossed in front of their chests.

Suu Kyi’s Party Launches Vote ‘No’ Tour



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By WAI MOE

The Irrawaddy, Monday, April 28, 200

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Burma’s democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, is taking its vote “No” campaign across the county even as the regime is warning opposition forces to cease anti-referendum efforts.

Win Naing, a NLD spokesperson, told The Irrawaddy on Monday that leading members of the party were traveling to other cities to explain the party’s position on the constitution and the referendum.

“At the moment, we can campaign in at least five regions of the country—it is what we can do under the oppressive conditions created by the authorities,” he said.

“The NLD also plans to monitor the voting in the country as long as we can,” said Win Naing. “The party will also explain how to vote ‘No’ to the people of Burma through members in rural and urban areas. Our position is that people should vote against the unjust and undemocratic constitution in the referendum.”

Kyaw Hsan, the minister of information and a central secretary of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, traveled to Sagaing Division in northern Burma on April 21, the junta’s mouthpiece, Myanma Alin’s reported on Monday. He called on local people to vote “yes” in the referendum and vowed the constitution would guarantee stability, development and democracy.

Meanwhile in Rangoon, the largest city in Burma, security was tightened by authorities.
“There are police in civilian clothes and uniforms along with Swan Ah-shin at bus stops in Rangoon both in downtown areas and outside of downtown,” a student in Rangoon said. “Some of them were holding batons and some were holding guns.”

Rumors were circulating that the authorities would set up CCTV cameras at polling booths to allow them to determine who voted “Yes” or “No,” said a taxi driver in Rangoon. “So I am now thinking whether I should go to vote, because I don’t want to vote ‘Yes’ but I don’t want authorities to know how I voted.”

Sources said vote “No” campaigns by dissident groups could be found across the city. “I saw a group of students distributing vote ‘No’ leaflets in Tamwe Township,” said a shop owner.

One opposition group, The All Burma Federation of Student Union, released a statement on Monday supporting the vote “No” campaign and launched its own house-to-house, underground campaign across the country.

“There are more than 10 young organizations that are campaigning to vote against the constitution,” said Tun Myint Aung of the 88 Generation Students group.

“Activists will try to monitor voting on May 10,” he said. “Then everyone will know if the junta cheated and how they cheated.”

The well-known comedians, the Moustache Brothers, are conducting a vote “No” campaign in their nightly performances in Mandalay, the second largest city, using a visual gag of crossing their arms over their chests, a tourist told The Irrawaddy.

“The military junta is doing its utmost to encourage everyone to vote ‘Yes’ on May 10 and endorse the constitution,” says Par Par Lay, one of the Moustache Brothers. “But the Moustache Brothers would like everyone to know that they will vote ‘No’ in the referendum.”

“This is a sham constitution that the junta is trying to force onto us,” he says. “If we vote
‘Yes,’ democracy will never come to Burma.”

Par Par Lay and Lu Maw, his fellow comedian, were both imprisoned for seven years during the 1990s. Par Par Lay was jailed again for more than one month during the 2007 civil uprising.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=11576

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm

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World Focus on Burma (28 April 08)

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Would-be Burmese voters start to despair of getting an invitation
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
But as the clock ticks closer to the May 10 ballot in Myanmar, Mr Aung, like hundreds of Burmese nationals in New Zealand, has given up hope.

Burmese in Ottawa: Vote ‘No’ to Referendum
Epoch Times, NY –
By Pam McLennan On May 10
Burma‘s citizens will vote on a referendum to either accept or reject the constitution drafted by the SPDC (State Peace Democracy

Top Asian News at 6:30 am GMT
TMCnet –
as a ploy to help
Myanmar‘s ruling junta keep its grip on power. The demonstrators, organized by the Joint Action Committee for Democracy in Burma,

Burma to let Suu Kyi vote in May referendum
Independent-Bangladesh, Bangladesh –
The Burmese military government has decided to allow pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to vote in a May 10 national referendum on whether to endorse a

Monday, May 5
International Herald
Tribune, France
1824 – British troops take over
Rangoon, Burma — now Myanmar. 1862 – Mexican army defeats invading French forces in the Battle of Puebla. ..

Myanmar nationals in Singapore signal ‘no’ as they wait to vote
AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — About 500 Myanmar nationals in Singapore wore shirts displaying the word “no” as they waited Sunday to vote in a referendum on a new

MANY wore red T-shirts and caps printed with the word “No”.
TODAYonline, Singapore
Up to 1000
Myanmar citizens lined up yesterday outside their country’s embassy in Singapore to vote in a referendum on a military-backed draft Constitution,

the wicked slight of indifference
CanadaEast.com, Canada
for Aung San Suu Kyi, the activist who will join the group when she is free of government-imposed house arrest in
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

One Billion Dollars Allowed Afghan Rebels to Defeat the Soviets
Salem-News.Com, OR –
The new Rambo movie highlights the problem in Burma today, also known as Myanmar, where political oppression is operating at extreme levels, thus keeping a

Junta likely to control Internet connection sector-wise
Mizzima.com, India –
An official from the Myanmar Communication Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Mizzima that the government is likely to divide internet

Overseas Burmese Protest Constitution
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The demonstrators, organized by the Joint Action Committee for Democracy in Burma, chanted slogans against the May 10 referendum.

Burmese embassy in Singapore extends polling days
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese embassy in Singapore on Monday announced that it will extend the period for polling on the country’s draft constitution, as several Burmese

UNSC Deadlocked on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The Security Council remains deadlocked on a presidential statement on Burma even as diplomats of the 15-member UN body met

Burma’s PM to visit Thailand this Week
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAI SILP Burma’s Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein is expected in Thailand on Tuesday for a three-day official visit that will focus on reaching a

AB Dışişleri Bakanları toplanıyor(ingilizce)
ABHaber, Belgium –
Starting at 10.00, the Council will focus on external relations, including Burma/Myanmar, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and the Middle East.

A Year In Review: Destination Hucktown?
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun, NY –
This year changed that, as monks began protesting in September of 2007 in Myanmar (known as Burma back in my day) against the oppressive military government

New Documentary Exposes Brutal Military Campaign Against Karen
PR Web (press release), WA –
Although press reports continue about the ongoing military rule in Burma, also referred to as Myanmar, few are aware of the brutal campaign by the Burmese

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 28, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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World Focus on Burma (27 April 08)

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Burma Activists Stage Protests in Thailand, Singapore
Voice of America –
By VOA News The demonstrators, organized by the Joint Action Committee for Democracy in Burma, chanted slogans against the May 10 referendum. …
Myanmar nationals protest constitution in Singapore
Reuters UK, UK –
Other underground opposition groups are also pushing for the former Burma’s 53 million people to reject the charter. At least 60 people have been arrested …
Activists protest as embassy conducts polling
Mizzima.com, India –
Chiang Mai – Burmese activists on Sunday staged a brief protest outside the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, exhorting voters to reject the ruling junta’s draft …
Security tightened in Myanmar amid possible demonstration
The Associated Press –
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962. Its government has been widely criticized for human rights abuses and suppression of …
Irregularities in absentee voting in Singapore, Malaysia
Mizzima.com, India –
But what we fear is since the results are not going to be announced here but will be announced along with others in Burma, there could be a possibility that …
Burma bars anti-constitution group from voting
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Others sported T-shirts reading, “We pursue peace, justice and democracy for Burma.” Those wearing the shirts refused to take them off and were not admitted …
Pro-democracy Myanmar citizens in Singapore wait at embassy to …
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar used to be known as Burma. “I’m going to vote ‘no’ because the draft constitution is for a sham democracy,” the university student said. …
Myanmar junta says referendum will be ‘fair’
Macau Daily Times, Macau –
Myanmar’s junta has said next month’s vote on its proposed constitution would be held in a “systematic and fair manner” and warned the military would “ward …
Democracy activist will receive medal
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –
Suu Kyi has been under house arrest by the military regime in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Giving her the medal continues the tradition of “honoring …
After raids, refugees given jobs
Baltimore Sun, United States –
Since January, roughly 400 members of the Karen and Chin ethnic groups from Myanmar, also known as Burma, have moved into Moore County from Houston and …
Are We Nicking Ourselves In The Throat?
Hartford Business –
My bride Carol Ann and I recently visited Burma, as the United States government knows it, or Myanmar, as others now call it. Our trip was organized by the …
Myanmar Nationals in Singapore, Indonesia Vote on Constitution
Bloomberg –
Citizens of the country formally known as Burma lined up in front of their embassy in Singapore for the third day to cast ballots in an April 25-29 vote. …
Myanmar activists stage anti-junta protest in Thailand
International Herald Tribune, France –
Myanmar is also known as Burma. A statement from the umbrella committee for a dozen dissident exile organizations said the constitution was drawn up solely …
Asia’s rainforests vanishing as timber, food demand surge: experts
AFP –
“Burma has been logged by Thai generals. And if you look at the corruption of forestry in the Philippines, it’s tied in many areas during the Marcos years …
Burma junta’s new threats over constitution
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
By Colin Hinshelwood in Chiang Mai, Thailand Burma’s military junta is taking harsh steps to ensure that a new constitution keeping it in control of the …
Economic View Freer Trade Could Fill the World’s Rice Bowl
New York Times, United States –
Burma, now Myanmar, was once the world’s leading rice exporter, but it is now an economic basket case and many of its people go hungry. …
Protest against junta at UN office
Sunday Times.lk, Sri Lanka –
The peaceful protest organized by the Myanmar Student Monk Association in Sri Lanka aimed at saying ‘No’ to the existing Myanmar military junta’s …
Myanmar to let Suu Kyi vote in May referendum
The Daily Yomiuri, Japan –
BANGKOK–The Myanmar military government has decided to allow pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to vote in a May 10 national referendum on whether to …
Evangelism in Western Post-Modern Secular Culture
Virtue Online, PA –
It has been my privilege to supervise a doctoral dissertation on the history of the Anglican Church in Myanmar, Burma. It is instructive to see how, …
Myanmar activists fear intimidation
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Myanmar’s military government has cracked down on opponents of its proposed constitution, according to the country’s pro-democracy opposition. …
Junta adopts dubious means to win support for constitution
Mizzima.com, India –
An official in Burma’s second largest city of Mandalay, who has been appointed secretary of one of the polling booths told Mizzima that while the counting …
Aung San Suu Kyi claims supporters are being beaten
Bombay News, India –
Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition, which is led by by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has claimed supporters are being beaten. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 27, 2008 at 5:06 pm

တိုက်ဳိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုး၌ ဆႏၵမဲ ေပးသူမ်ားႏွင့္ ဂ်ပန္ရဲတို႔ ႐ုန္းရင္းဆန္ခတ္ျဖစ္

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တိုက်ဳိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုး၌ ဆႏၵမဲ ေပးသူမ်ားႏွင့္ ဂ်ပန္ရဲတို႔ ႐ုန္းရင္းဆန္ခတ္ျဖစ္

ပီတာေအာင္/ ၂၆ ဧၿပီ ၂၀၀၈

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တိုက်ဳိၿမိဳ႕ရွိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးေရွ႕၌ ဆႏၵမဲလာေပးသူမ်ားကုိ ဂ်ပန္ရဲတပ္ဖဲြ႕၀င္မ်ားက လူစုခဲြေနစဥ္

ဖြဲ႕စည္းပံု အေျခခံဥပေဒမူၾကမ္း ဆႏၵခံယူပြဲကို ဂ်ပန္ႏိုင္ငံ တိုက်ဳိၿမိဳ႕ရွိ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုး၌ ယေန႔ စတင္ က်င္းပရာ ဆႏၵမဲလာေပးသည့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသား အမ်ားအျပားကို ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုးက မဲေပးခြင့္မေပးဘဲ ဂ်ပန္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕၏ အကူအညီျဖင့္ လူစုခြဲခဲ့သည္ဟု ဆႏၵမဲသြားေပးသူတုိ႔က ေျပာသည္။ ယေန႔႔နံနက္ (၈) နာရီခန္႔ကတည္းက ဆႏၵမဲေပးမည့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားမ်ားသည္ သံ႐ံုးေရွ႕၌ ပတ္စ္ပို႔မ်ား ကိုင္ေဆာင္၍ သံ႐ံုးတြင္း ၀င္ေရာက္မဲေပးခြင့္ရရန္ တန္းစီေစာင့္ေနစဥ္ လူစုခြဲ ဖယ္ရွားခံရျခင္းျဖစ္သည္ဟု သံ႐ံုးေရွ႕ သြားေရာက္ခဲ့သည့္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားတဦးက ေျပာသည္။

၎က “ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံသားစစ္စစ္ေတြျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ပတ္စ္ပို႔ေတြကိုင္ၿပီး မဲေပးဖုိ႔ သံ႐ံုးထဲ ၀င္ဖုိ႔အတြက္ ႀကိဳးစားေနၾကပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ ဂ်ပန္အာဏာပိုင္ေတြရဲ႕ အမိန္႔နဲ႔ ဂ်ပန္ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ေတြက တားဆီးထားပါတယ္ခင္ဗ်။ သံ႐ုံးေရွ႕မွာ တန္းစီၿပီး ေစာင့္ေနတဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ ဂ်ပန္ရဲ
တပ္ဖြဲ႕၀င္ (၁၅၀) ခန္႔ကေနၿပီး အင္အားသံုးၿပီး ၿဖိဳခြင္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။ (၂ ) ေယာက္ ေဆး႐ံုတင္ရၿပီး (၂) ေယာက္ ေခတၱ အဖမ္းခံရပါတယ္။ ကိုျမင့္သိန္းဆိုတဲ့ အစ္ကိုႀကီးတေယာက္ရယ္။ သူက နည္းနည္းေရာဂါအခံ ရွိတယ္ခင္ဗ်။ ေနာက္ အမ်ဳိးသမီးတေယာက္ကေတာ့ တံခါးနဲ႔ ညႇပ္မိတာ ခင္ဗ်” ဟု ေျပာသည္။

အခြန္ေဆာင္ထားသူမ်ားႏွင့္ ပညာေတာ္သင္ လႊတ္ထားသူမ်ားကို နအဖသံ႐ုံးက ဆႏၵမဲလာေပးရန္ အေၾကာင္းၾကားစာမ်ား ေပးပို႔ထားေၾကာင္း၊ ထိုသူမ်ားကိုသာ ဂ်ပန္ရဲအေစာင့္အေရွာက္ျဖင့္ သံ႐ံုး အတြင္း၀င္ေရာက္ခြင့္ေပးကာ ဆႏၵမဲေပးခြင့္ျပဳခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

ဆႏၵမဲေပးသူ တဦးျဖစ္သည့္ ကိုသန္႔မ်ဳိးေထြးက “နအဖစစ္အုပ္စုရဲ႕အလိုက် ဆြဲထားတဲ့ ဥပေဒ အေပၚမွာ ဆန္႔က်င္ကန္႔ကြက္မယ့္ သူေတြကို သူတု႔ိက ဘယ္လိုမွ မဲေပးခြင့္ေပးမွာ မဟုတ္ဘူး။ အဲဒီအတြက္ ၀မ္းနည္းစရာေတာ့ မရွိပါဘူး။ မဲေပးတယ္ မေပးတယ္ဆိုတာထက္ ကိုယ္ကိုယ္တိုင္က ဆန္႔က်င္တယ္ဆိုရင္ မဲေပးမွ ဆန္႔က်င္တာမဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ ဒီမဲကိုေပးခ်င္တယ္ဆိုတာ က်ေနာ္တို႔ရဲ႕ ရပိုင္ခြင့္္အေနနဲ႔ ေတာင္းဆိုတာပဲရွိတယ္။ ဘယ္လိုပဲျဖစ္ျဖစ္ဗ်ာ၊ မဲမေပးရဘူး ဆိုရင္ေတာင္ က်ေနာ္တို႔က အၿမဲတမ္း ဆန္႔က်င္ကန္႔ကြက္ေနမွာပဲ” ဟု ေျပာသည္။

ဆႏၵမဲ လာေပးသူတို႔ကို အင္အားသံုးလူစြဲခြဲခဲ့သျဖင့္ ျမန္မာဒီမိုကေရစီေရး လႈပ္ရွားသူမ်ားက “နာဂအိကို သတ္တဲ့ ကိစၥ ေမ့သြားၿပီလား” ၊ “ဂ်ပန္ရဲနဲ႔ နအဖစစ္အစိုးရ အတူတူပဲ” စသည့္ ေႂကြးေၾကာ္သံမ်ားေအာ္ဟစ္ကာ ဂ်ပန္ရဲမ်ားကို ကန္႔ကြက္ ဆႏၵျပခဲ့ၾကေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

တိုက်ဳိၿမိဳ႕ ျမန္မာသံ႐ံုး၌ ဆႏၵမဲ ေပးပြဲကို ဧၿပီ (၂၆) ႏွင့္ (၂၇) ရက္တုိ႔တြင္ နံနက္ (၈) နာရီခြဲမွ ညေန (၆) နာရီခြဲထိ မဲေပးႏိုင္ၿပီး မဲေပးရာတြင္ သံ႐ံုးမွ ေပးပို႔ေသာ ဆႏၵမဲေပးရန္ အေၾကာင္းၾကားစာမူရင္းႏွင့္ မွတ္ပံုတင္သို႔မဟုတ္ ပတ္စ္ပို႔ ယူေဆာင္လာရမည္ဟု သံ႐ံုးက ေၾကညာ ထားသည္။ ။

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တုိက်ိဳျမန္မာသံရုံးေရွ႕ ဆႏၵျပပြဲ ရဲနဲ႔ရုန္းရင္းဆန္ခတ္ျဖစ္၊ တခ်ဳိ႕ အဖမ္းခံရ

26 April 2008

ေဒၚေအးေအးမာ – အစီအစဥ္ကုိရယူရန္ (MP3) audio clip
ေဒၚေအးေအးမာ – နားဆင္ရန္ (MP3) audio clip

Burmese Protest at Burmese Embassy Tokyo
ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံေရာက္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားမ်ား ဖြဲ႔စည္းအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ပုံ ဥပေဒဆုိင္ရာ ဆႏၵမဲေပးဖုိ႔ တုိဂ်ဳိၿမိဳ႔ျမန္မာသံရုံးေရွ ႔ ဆႏၵျပေတာင္းဆုိ။ (ဓါတ္ပုံ-ေအပီ)

တုိက်ဳိျမန္မာသံရုံးေရွ႕မွာ စုရုံး ေရာက္ရွိလာၾကတဲ့ ျမန္မာ ႏုိင္ငံသား ၁၅၀ ေက်ာ္တုိ႔ဟာ ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံ ျမန္မာသံရုံးမွာ ဖြဲ႔စည္းအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ပုံ ဥပေဒဆုိင္ရာ ဆႏၵမဲေပးဖုိ႔ ႀကိဳးပမ္းခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံကူး လက္မွတ္ကုိင္ေဆာင္ ထားသူေတြ အခုလုိ ရာနဲ႔ခ်ီၿပီး ျမန္မာ သံရုံးထဲကုိ၀င္ဖုိ႔ ေတာင္းဆုိၾကတဲ့အခါမွာ သံရုံးထဲက ျမန္မာအရာရွိေတြက ဂ်ပန္ ရဲတပ္ဖြဲ႔ကုိ ေခၚယူလုိက္တဲ့အတြက္ သံရုံးေရွ႕က ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားေတြနဲ႔ ဂ်ပန္ရဲေတြ ရုန္းရင္းဆန္ခတ္ ျဖစ္ခဲ့ၾကရပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားတခ်ဳိ႕ အဖမ္းအဆီးခံခဲ့ရၿပီး တခ်ဳိ ႔လည္း ထိခုိက္ဒဏ္ရာ ရရွိသြားၾကပါတယ္။ ဗီြအုိေအျမန္မာအစီအစဥ္ ထုိင္းအေျခစုိက္သတင္းေထာက္ မေအးေအးမာက စုံစမ္းထားသမွ် သတင္းေပးပုိ႔ထားပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာစစ္အစုိးရ၏ လူထုဆႏၵခံယူပြဲနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး မဲေပးဖုိ႔အတြက္ ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံမွာရွိတဲ့ ျမန္မာသံရုံးက ျမန္မာတခ်ဳိ ႔ကုိသာ ဖိတ္ၾကားခဲ့တာေၾကာင့္ ဖိတ္ၾကားျခင္းမခံရတဲ့ ျမန္မာပတ္စ္ပုိ႔စ္ ကုိင္ေဆာင္ထားသူ လူအင္အား ၅၀၀ ေက်ာ္တုိ႔ဟာ ငါတုိ႔လည္း မဲေပးမယ္ဆုိၿပီး ေၾကြးေၾကာ္ ေအာ္ဟစ္ခဲ့တာေၾကာင့္ ဂ်ပန္ရဲေတြနဲ႔ အထိကရုဏ္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ျမန္မာအေယာက္ ၂၀ ခန္႔ ထိခုိက္ဒဏ္ရာ ရရွိသြားခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ေၾကြးေၾကာ္တဲ့ လူအုပ္ႀကီးေရာက္လာတဲ့အခ်ိန္မွာ ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံမွာရွိတဲ့ ျမန္မာသံရုံးကေန ဂ်ပန္ရဲေတြကုိေခၚၿပီး ႏွိမ္ႏွင္းခုိင္းခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဂ်ပန္စံေတာ္ခ်ိန္ မနက္ ၈ နာရီေလာက္ထဲကေန မဲေပးဖုိ႔ေစာင့္ေနတဲ့ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားတဦးကေတာ့ သူတုိ႔ဆႏၵျပဖုိ႔လာတာ မဟုတ္ဘူးလုိ႔ အခုလုိ ေျပာပါတယ္။

“ဆႏၵျပဖုိ႔လာတာမဟုတ္ပါဘူး မဲေပးပုိင္ခြင့္ ရဖုိ႔လာၿပီး ေတာင္းဆုိၾကတာပါ။ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ အရင္လုိ႔ ဆႏၵျပတဲ့ပုံစံ – ေဒၚစုဓါတ္ပုံတုိ႔ ဘာတုိ႔ မပါဘူး။ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ ကုိယ့္ပတ္စ္ပုိစ္နဲ႔လာၿပီး ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားေတြ ဘယ္သူမဆုိ မဲေပးပုိင္ခြင့္ရွိတယ္ ဆုိတဲ့အခ်က္ေၾကာင့္ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔အခုလုိ ဒီကုိလာၿပီး မဲေပးပုိင္ခြင့္ လာေတာင္းဆုိတာပါ။”

သုိ႔ေသာ္လည္း ပတ္စ္ပုိစ္ကုိင္ေဆာင္ထားတဲ့ ျမန္မာေတြကေတာ့ သူတုိ႔ေပးမယ့္ မဲက ကန္႔ကြက္မဲ ျဖစ္တယ္လုိ႔လည္း ေျပာဆုိေနပါတယ္။

“က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံမွာရွိတဲ့ ျမန္မာေတြက ႏုိင္ငံေရး အသိအျမင္ရွိၾကေတာ့ ဒီကလူေတြကုိ နည္းနည္း စည္းရုံးလုိက္ရင္ ေသခ်ာတယ္ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ ဒီက လုံး၀ ေထာက္ခံမဲတခုမွ ရွိမွာမဟုတ္ဘူး။”

ဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံမွာရွိတဲ့ ျမန္မာသံရုံးရဲ ႔အလုိက် မဲေပးဖုိ႔ေရာက္လာသူေတြေရွ႕ကေန ကန္႔ကြက္မဲ ေပးဖုိ႔လာသူမ်ားက တံခါး၀မွာ ဆီးၿပီးေနရာယူထားတာေၾကာင့္ သံရုံးက ညေန ၃ နာရီခြဲေလာက္ထိ တံခါးဖြင့္မေပးဘဲ ဂ်ပန္ရဲကုိေခၚၿပီး ႏွိမ္ႏွင္းခုိင္းခဲ့ျခင္းလည္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဂ်ပန္ရဲ ၁၀၀ ေက်ာ္ေလာက္ အလုံးအရင္းနဲ႔ ေရာက္ရွိလာၿပီး လူအုပ္နဲ႔တြန္းထုတ္ကာ ရုိက္ႏွက္တာေၾကာင့္ လူ ၂၀ ဦးခန္႔ ဒဏ္ရာရရွိခဲ့ၿပီး ေဆးရုံကုိ ပုိ႔ေဆာင္ခဲ့ရတယ္လုိ႔ ဆုိပါတယ္။

“ကုိယ္၀န္ေဆာင္မိန္းခေလးတဦးဆုိရင္ ေဆာင့္တြန္းခံရၿပီး ေအာက္မွာ အႏွင္းခံရတာေၾကာင့္ ကုိယ္၀န္ အေျခအေနက ဘာမွမသိရေသးဘူး။ တေယာက္ကဆုိရင္ လက္ေခ်ာင္းေလးေတြ က်ဳိးသြားပါတယ္။ ၿပီးေတာ့ ေခါင္းေပါက္တဲ့လူ ခါးနာသြားတဲလူ ေျခေထာက္ဒူးေဂါင္း အနာတရ ရသြားတဲသူ၊ ဒါေပမယ့္ အခုထိ ေဆးရုံကေန ဘာမွ အက်ဳိးအေၾကာင္း ျပန္မၾကားေသးဘူး။ ဘာျဖစ္တယ္ဆုိတာကုိ အတိအက် မသိေသးဘူး။ ေဆးရုံကား ေလးငါးဆယ္စီးေလာက္ ဒီကလူေတြကို ေခၚထုတ္သြားခဲ့တာ။”

မဲေပးခြင့္ေတာင္းဆုိေနသူေတြကေတာ့ ဂ်ပန္ရဲေတြက ႏွိမ္ႏွင္းခဲ့ေပမယ့္လည္း သူတုိ႔ သေဘာထားကုိ ဆက္လ်က္ ထုတ္ေဖာ္သြားမယ္လုိ႔ ဆုိပါတယ္။

“ဒီကလူေတြအတုိင္း က်န္တဲ့ႏုိင္ငံကလူေတြ အကုန္လုံးလည္း ဂ်ပန္လုိမ်ဳိး က်င့္သုံးၾကပါလုိ႔ နအဖ မဟုတ္တာ လုပ္တာကုိ ႏုိင္ငံျခားေရာက္ေနတဲ့သူေတြက ျပတ္ျပတ္သားသား လုပ္ပုိင္ခြင့္ရွိပါတယ္၊ ဟန္႔တားပုိင္ခြင့္ ရွိပါတယ္၊ နအဖက အရွက္မရွိလုိ႔ ဒီေလာက္ႏွိမ္ႏွင္းတာပါ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔က အဲဒါနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ေလွ်ာ့ေပးႏုိင္တဲ့ အေနအထား မရွိပါဘူး။ ႏုိင္ငံတခုမွာ တရားဥပေဒ ဆုိတာရွိတယ္။ ဂ်ပန္ရဲက ဥပေဒေၾကာင္းအရ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ကုိ အေရးယူေပမယ့္ – က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ဖက္က အေလွွ်ာ့ေပးဖုိ႔ ထုံးစံမရွိပါဘူး။ ေလွ်ာ့မွာလည္း မဟုတ္ပါဘူး ဒါက ျပတ္ျပတ္သားသား တကမာၻလုံးကုိ ေျပာခ်င္ပါတယ္။ ဒီဂ်ပန္ႏုိင္ငံမွာ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံသားေတြကုိလည္း ကုိယ့္တာ၀န္ကုိယ္ေက်ၾကဖုိ႔ က်ေနာ္ ေျပာခ်င္ပါတယ္။”

ဂ်ပန္စံေတာ္ခ်ိန္ ၄ နာရီခန္႔မွာေတာ့ ဂ်ပန္သံရုံးကေန ဖိတ္ေခၚထားတဲ့လူေတြလုိ႔ ယူဆရတဲ့လူေတြကို ၁၀ ဦးခန္႔စီ ဂ်ပန္ရဲက ၀န္းရံၿပီး ျမန္မာသံရုံးထဲကုိ ပုိ႔ေပးခဲ့ပါတယ္။ အဲဒီအခ်ိန္မွာ ကန္႔ကြက္မဲ ထည့္ဖုိ႔အတြက္ လူအုပ္ႀကီးကလည္း ငါတုိ႔လည္း မဲေပးမယ္ဆုိၿပီး ေၾကြးေၾကာ္ေနၾကပါတယ္။ ဂ်ပန္မွာ လူထုဆႏၵခံယူပြဲအတြက္ မဲေပးဖုိ႔အတြက္ ၂၆ ရက္ နဲ႔ ၂၇ ရက္ကို သတ္မွတ္ထားခဲ့တာေၾကာင့္ ေနာက္တေန႔မွာလည္း ဆက္ၿပီးေတာ့ ဆႏၵမဲေပးႏုိင္ဖုိ႔ ေတာင္းဆုိသြားၾကမယ္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေျပာဆုိေနၾကပါတယ္။

http://www.voanews.com/burmese/2008-04-26-voa3.cfm?rss=topic1

ဓါတ္ပံုမ်ားၾကည့္ရန္

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World Focus on Burma (26 April 08)

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Ancient game featured in award-winning film
Bowen Island Undercurrent, Canada –
… the screening of Mystic Ball, an uplifting family documentary about the traditional game of chinlone, played since ancient times in Myanmar (Burma). …
Suu Kyi to be bestowed with Congressional Gold Medal Award
Newstrack India, India –
The activist group US campaign for Burma welcomed the award in its statements said, “In a world in which public heroes are few and far between, …
Burma: EU Parliament Wants More Myanmar Sanctions
UNPO, Netherlands –
In a decision to be considered by EU foreign ministers next week, Members of the European Parliament have voted to increase sanctions against Myanmar. …

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April 26, 2008 at 11:37 am

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World Focus on Burma (25 April 08)

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US Senate honours Burma’s Suu Kyi
BBC News, UK –
US-based Burma campaigners welcomed the move, saying the imprisoned opposition leader “richly deserves” the award. Burma’s generals have held Ms Suu Kyi for …
Cherie Blair roots for Hasina`s release from jail
Zee News, India –
Winding up her three-day visit, Blair told reporters: ‘I am aware that Bangladesh borders with Burma (Myanmar), a country which is not known as supporter of …
Suu Kyi bestowed with highest US honor
Mizzima.com, India –
Suu Kyi, continuing to be held under house arrest by Burma’s ruling junta, becomes the first individual to win the recognition while in detention. …
Speaker: Burma situation dire
The Flat Hat, VA –
Monday night, the College’s Students for Informed Democracy hosted speaker Thelma Young, campaign coordinator for the United States Campaign for Burma. …
Australians, New Zealanders remember World War II victims of …
International Herald Tribune, France –
Hellfire Pass was the most notorious stretch of the 415-kilometer (260-mile) railway that linked Thailand and neighboring Myanmar, then called Burma. …
Top US honour for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
Aljazeera.net, Qatar –
Myanmar , formerly known as Burma , has been under military rule since the early 1960s. The US-based Campaign for Burma welcomed the award, saying Aung San …
US to honour Burma’s Suu Kyi
Radio Australia, Australia –
The US Senate has unanimously agreed to confer the Congressional Gold Medal on Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, following a similar decision by the …
Senate approves top US honor for Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
Reuters Canada, Canada –
The military government in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, violently suppressed pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist monks in September. …
Myanmar to allow voters to observe ballot count in constitutional …
JURIST –
[JURIST] Myanmar voters will be permitted to observe ballot counting in a scheduled May national referendum [JURIST report] on a draft constitution [JURIST …
Factory workers pressured to cast multiple “Yes” votes
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“They were making the woman cast three ‘Yes’ votes per person – one as a member of the USDA, another as a member of the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare …
Cherie Blair urges Bangladesh to release Sheikh Hasina immediately
Gulf Times, Qatar –
“In Burma (now Myanmar), there is another woman leader of (a) political party who is being detained. And I would not like to think Bangladesh was going …
US Congress to confer gold medal on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
Turkish Press, MI –
“The Senate today has approved a measure to award our nation’s highest civilian honor to Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s (Myanmar’s) democratic …
Congress honors Myanmar activist
The Associated Press –
Jeremy Woodrum of the US Campaign for Burma advocacy group said the Myanmar opposition leader appears to be the first recipient of the Congressional Gold …
Anyone not voting ‘Yes’ will be fired from their job
AsiaNews.it, Italy –
Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – In what is the latest round of threats by Myanmar authorities the country’s public servants have been told that if they do not …
Myanmar army raping with impunity, say Karen activists
Reuters AlertNet, UK –
… by the KWO in the latest issue of Forced Migration Review which is devoted to the massive displacement crisis in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
European parliament calls for tougher Burma sanctions
Radio Australia, Australia –
The European parliament has called for an increase in EU sanctions against military-ruled Burma. Parliament members are asking the EU to include in its …
EU Seeking International Arms Embargo on Burma
The Epoch Times Ireland, Ireland –
(Burma’s ruling junta calls the nation Myanmar.) “The Council would like to encourage the international community to adopt similar measures,” it says. …
Allow Hasina to go abroad for treatment
The Daily Star, Bangladesh –
“I am aware that Bangladesh borders with Burma, a country which is not known as a supporter of the rule of law. And in Burma, there is a woman leader in a …
Myanmar official says constitutional referendum will be fair
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Voters will be allowed to watch ballot counting to ensure fairness in a May referendum on Myanmar’s proposed constitution, …
Junta offers Burmese stark choice
BBC News, UK –
By Michael Pan Burma’s military rulers have finally published a draft constitution – after a 15-year delay. The results have not met with universal approval …
Burmese farmers face flood threat
BBC News, UK –
This river is the main artery of Karen State in eastern Burma, and an almost completely unspoilt, incredibly biodiverse environment. …

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April 26, 2008 at 11:31 am

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World Focus on Burma (24 April 08)

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Free trade deal with Burma likely despite human rights issues
TV3 News, New Zealand –
Mr Goff concedes it is not ideal having Burma, also known as Myanmar, in the mix. Mr Goff says the Asean countries collectively have 475 million people for …
 
Justice avoided
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Harsh poverty and political oppression are not the only principal factors for this endless influx of migrant workers from Burma. Equally important are our …
Junta Using Threats to Win Referendum Vote, Says NLD
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
(Photo: AFP) NLD spokesman Thein Nyunt told The Irrawaddy that people across Burma had informed the NLD of the intimidation. Civil servants and members of …
EU to extend sanctions
Mizzima.com, India –
The European Union is expected to extend economic and political sanctions against Burma’s recalcitrant generals for another 12 months. …
Press forbidden to refer to campaign for a No vote in referendum …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are outraged by the methods being used by the military government to prevent the media from freely …
Mandalay now more Chinese than Indian: Harvard professor
Thaindian.com, Thailand –
“This Sino-Indian movie has played out before and will be played out in the future many times over – in Iran, Burma (now Myanmar), Pakistan and Africa,” …
Despite Negative Press, Facebook Is a Powerful Agent for Social Change
AlterNet, CA –
After traveling through Burma (also known as Myanmar) before his first year at university, Bookbinder returned home last fall and did something seemingly …
US seeks tougher UN scolding for Myanmar
Reuters –
Washington hopes the UN Security Council will unanimously agree to issue the non-binding statement very soon so that Myanmar’s military junta can reflect on …
 
EU Parliament calls for tougher sanctions against Myanmar
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
… told the European Parliament on Wednesday that the existing sanctions may be adapted to deal with any political changes in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
 
Junta offers Burmese stark choice
BBC News, UK –
By Michael Pan Burma’s military rulers have finally published a draft constitution – after a 15-year delay. The results have not met with universal approval …
EU seeking international arms embargo on Myanmar
China Post, Taiwan –
By David Brunnstrom, BRUSSELS, Reuters The European Union will call next week for an international arms embargo on Myanmar’s military junta and warn of …
Burma’s wealth gap breeds discontent
Christian Science Monitor, MA –
The gap between the haves and have-nots in Burma (Myanmar) is growing every day. And it’s this poverty and inequality, say observers, that fuels the …
EU seeking international arms embargo on Myanmar
guardian.co.uk, UK –
By David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS, April 24 (Reuters) – The European Union will call next week for an international arms embargo on Myanmar’s military junta and …
Teaching English to orphaned children
Sudbury Town Crier, MA –
“Their parents fled the genocide that’s going on in Burma, which is why they are in Thailand. They have no citizenship anywhere. …
No press freedom for Myanmar constitution vote: RSF
AFP –
RSF and the Burma Media Association said they were “outraged” by the methods used by the junta to prevent reporting on opposition to the charter, …
European Parliament urges sanctions against Myanmar military junta
Monsters and Critics.com –
Strasbourg – The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday calling for sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar and for the release of …
Constitution vote: junta threat to livelihoods
First Post, UK –
Two other opposition movements, the 88 Students Generation and the All Burma Alliance of Monks, have called for a boycott, despite a regime warning that any …
EU parliament seeks tougher sanctions against Myanmar
EUbusiness (press release), UK –
Therefore the MEPs urged the European Union to “actively campaign for a worldwide arms embargo on Burma.” The Myanmar regime has called a referendum next …
Myanmar official says constitutional referendum will be free and fair
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Voters will be allowed to watch ballot counting and other steps will be taken to ensure fairness in a May referendum on Myanmar’s …
Revised UN statement calls on Myanmar junta to take urgent steps …
PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –
AP UNITED NATIONS (AP) – A revised draft Security Council statement is calling on Myanmar’s government to take urgent steps to initiate a dialogue with …
PTTEP: Vietnam field online in Q3
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
A4 is situated offshore in Rakhine and C1, which has crude potential, is onshore in northwestern Burma. The partners include PTTEP Myanmar Ltd with 20%, …BAK:PTTEP – PINK:CEOHF
American Policy in the Burmese Context
Asian Tribune, Thailand –
This is not only confined to Burma but also extends to Belarus and Iran, Zimbabwe and others. The US government has undeniably provided small amounts of …
EU Official Says 27-Nation Bloc to Extend Sanctions Against Burma
Voice of America –
Lenarcic said the EU will urge Burma’s authorities to pave the way for a transition to a civilian government, release political prisoners and stop the …
Event focuses on Burmese human rights
Echo, AR –
“Burma is oceans away, but we hope to bring it closer at the Burma Birthday Bash,” Purkiss said. Burma, officially called the Union of Myanmar, …
US seeks tougher UN scolding for Myanmar
Reuters –
Diplomats said the new draft on Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, would likely be acceptable to most members of the 15-nation council though it was unclear …
EU To Extend Myanmar Sanctions []
RTT News, NY – 
4/23/2008 4:23:31 PM The European Union will extend the its political and economic sanctions against Myanmar for another six months, Slovenian State …
US urges UN statement on Myanmar vote
AFP –
“The people of Burma deserves support from the council, from the international community,” Khalilzad said. Approval of the non-binding text requires …
EUROPE: Sanctions on Burma To Be Extended
IPS, Italy –
Human Rights Watch is arguing that the sanctions should be extended to cover companies that finance the Burmese military, such as the state-run Myanmar Oil …

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April 24, 2008 at 4:28 am