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“The authorities are desperate to curb the influence of the Dalai Lama, and specifically the current statement pinpoints that the authorities are preparing to appoint their own Dalai Lama, once the current Dalai Lama passes away.”
http://veracitystew.com/2011/09/26/tibetan-monks-set-themselves-on-fire-china-to-choose-next-dalai-lama-video/“The authorities are desperate to curb the influence of the Dalai Lama, and... more
My friend Sin Yi fled Burma when the Burmese military junta started coming to his village and forcing boys like him to join the army.
"They stop us at the bus station or on the street and by gun point they say to us:
'Come, you must join the army. If you don't join we will kill you. Come, join...'"
Aye Aye Cho told me she left Burma because the junta used to come to her village and separate the women from the men.
"Then they would come and take any woman they wanted to sleep with them in a little hut for the night."
"If you refused to go with them you had to pay them instead. One night they came for me, I told them to come back later and I would pay them. But I didnt have any money, so that night I ran from one bush to the other. I ran away from Burma."
"In Thailand i had friends who told me to go to Malaysia where I would be safe."
"Sadly," she told me, "I listened to these friends."
Unfortunately, what Sin Yi and Aye Aye Cho found waiting for them in Malaysia was equally as tragic as what they left behind.
Burma is bleeding well beyond its borders.
To date there are more than 2,100 political prisoners in Burma, including Buddhist monks and one Nobel Peace Laureate (Aung San Suu Kyi). Military and civilian officials are involved in the unlawful conscription of child soldiers and wide-spread acts of forced labor inside of Burma. And scores of people are perishing due to the extreme poverty caused by the regime's mis-use of power and by its handling of the Cyclone Nargis crisis.
Yet there is another Burma-related tragedy, which until now has not been widely told.
In April 2009 the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee published the results of a year-long investigation into allegations that the Malaysian government has been complicit in the human trafficking of people seeking refuge from the extreme persecution they faced in Burma. Once in Malaysia, through a highly organized process between police, immigration officials and traffickers, the refugees are sold to prostitution rings and fishing trawlers.
Please Don't Say My Name is an audio documentary; it stems from my friendship with a small group of Burmese refugees who work together in a restuarant in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I spent a year and a half getting to know them and in early 2009 I traveled to Kuala Lumpur to record their stories. Many of them have been sold to traffickers by Malaysian Immigration Officials--and some of them were arrested while I was there.
The audio-only documentary is one hour in length; the interviews are intimate in tone and record many aspects of their lives both inside and outside of work, prison, detention camps and RELA immigration raids highlighting their continued vulnerability in Malaysia--as well as their ability to create family-like bonds despite the severity of their circumstance.
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www.pleasedontsaymyname.orgMy friend Sin Yi fled Burma when the Burmese military junta started coming to his... more
Chinese police today shot a burning Tibetan monk before they put him out, the Free Tibet campaign said.
The monk had set himself on fire in a protest over Tibetan new year rituals in Aba county, Sichuan province, the group said. The area saw some of the worst unrest during Tibetan protests last March.
Free Tibet said witnesses saw Tabe, a monk aged in his 20s, walking from Kirti monastery into town this afternoon. He was carrying a hand-drawn Tibetan flag with a picture of the Dalai Lama at its centre.
"He doused himself in petrol. The armed police could not get near him because he was burning," said Matt Whitticase, a campaign spokesman. "Witnesses heard three gunshots fired. The monk fell to the ground and the police managed to put the flames out. He was immediately put into a van and taken to an undisclosed location. His present condition is unknown."Chinese police today shot a burning Tibetan monk before they put him out, the Free... more
The Guardian: From inside Burma plans for new uprising against military.
Clancy Chassay reports from inside Burma on plans for a new uprising against the military regime, and hears some monks calling for more western intervention and an armed insurrection.The Guardian: From inside Burma plans for new uprising against military. Clancy... more
DHARAMSALA, India (CNN) -- Gedun Gyatso, a 27-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, is so devoted to the Dalai Lama that when he was in prison he placed a picture of him next to his pillow in open defiance of his jailers. The gesture earned Gyatso another month of incarceration on top of the three years he had already served for his political activity.
But today, Gyatso stands in defiance of the Dalai Lama's "middle way" approach to the long struggle between China and Tibetans over the fate of their homeland. The Tibetan spiritual leader's moderation is being challenged by a new generation at odds with his willingness to accept Tibetan autonomy within China rather than push for full independence.
"His Holiness says it's up to the Tibetans to choose their future, and I choose complete independence, and so do most Tibetans. As we saw in the uprising last March," says Gyatso.
Gyatso is one of a new breed of Buddhist activists who are on the front lines of battles to win democratic freedom. These Buddhist warriors struggle to maintain their religious convictions of compassion and nonviolence while challenging powerful autocratic regimes.
DHARAMSALA, India (CNN) -- Gedun Gyatso, a 27-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, is so... more
The monasteries of Myanmar used to teem with saffron-robed Buddhist monks, revered as spiritual guides and moral authorities in a country in the grip of a repressive military regime.
Then the junta turned its troops on the monks, beating them in the streets for leading pro-democracy protests. They also raided their monasteries, leaving bloodstains on the floors, chasing anyone who had participated in the rallies.
Now, nobody knows how many of Myanmar's more than 500,000 monks are left in their monasteries.The monasteries of Myanmar used to teem with saffron-robed Buddhist monks, revered as... more
How Buddhism Became a Force for Political Activism.
After evening prayers on Sept. 18, the abbot of a small monastery in Myanmar's largest city convened the roughly 30 Buddhist monks in his charge. The bonds between secular and religious authority had broken, the abbot said. Then he gave the monks his blessing to take to the streets in protest.
That meeting, one of many held in monasteries across Myanmar in mid-September, helped turn a sputtering campaign of dissent led by secular democracy activists into a mass movement led by Buddhist clergy. The country formerly known as Burma erupted in the biggest wave of antigovernment demonstrations in nearly 20 years.How Buddhism Became a Force for Political Activism. After evening prayers on Sept.... more
More than 100 monks have marched in central Burma, the first time they have returned to the streets since last month's bloody crackdown on protests. The monks chanted and prayed as they marched through Pakokku, the site of an incident last month that triggered pro-democracy protests nationwide.
The government said 10 people died during the crackdown, but diplomats believe the toll was much higher.Thousands more - many of them monks - were thought to have been detained.
More than 100 monks have marched in central Burma, the first time they have returned... more
On Oct. 18th. Ashin Kovida, a Buddhist monk in Thailand escaped from twenty one days in hiding. Fleeing from the pursing Burmese military, Kovida is considered to be one of the main organizers of the September pro democracy protests which gripped the world as monks and citizens lined the streets of Yangoon. Considered a "wanted man" by the Burmese military, Kovida has sought refuge across the border in Thailand.
Now, a week after his escape, Kovida has begun offering the world his insightful knowledge of the historic protests.On Oct. 18th. Ashin Kovida, a Buddhist monk in Thailand escaped from twenty one days... more
Monks who have been released from their captivity in Myanmar are relating tales of horrible conditions. The government claims that only 10 people were killed in the violent shut down of the protests and that all but about 100 monks have been released. The numbers of both are much more likely a lot higher, with potentially thousands of monks still in custody.
The monks are reportedly being packed into rooms so tightly they can not lie down. They are beaten when they move or refer to themselves as monks, being told they are just men with shaved heads. They can not leave to go to the bathroom, and are given one or 2 bottles of water per day to share among 50 men, and they have not been given any medical treatment. Some are said to have died from their injuries in the holding rooms.Monks who have been released from their captivity in Myanmar are relating tales of... more
According to the Daily Mail, a former intelligence officer is reporting that thousands were killed in the protests in Myanmar, including hundreds of monks, whose bodies have apparently been dumped in a jungle.You can read the article here.http://tinyurl.com/yprc5r Check out the pod (by clicking the picture to the right) Current's own Grace Baek shot in Thailand of a former political prisoner in Burma speaking about his experiences while in jail.According to the Daily Mail, a former intelligence officer is reporting that thousands... more
Approximately 20,000 people led by Buddhist monks took to the streets and led an anti-government march in Yangon despite threats from Burma's junta. This protest has gained in notoriety and support in the face of Myanmar authorities that have imposed curfews in an attempt to curtail the demonstrations. President Bush addresses these protests in this News Current pod.Approximately 20,000 people led by Buddhist monks took to the streets and led an... more
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Myanmar despite the threat of government violence against them after the military conducted raids of Buddhist monasteries overnight. Reports indicate that many monks were beaten and hundreds arrested. The military government has apparently been using tear gas and shooting into the crowds after orders to disband were ignored.Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets of Myanmar despite the... more
Burmese riot police backed by troops clashed with hundreds of protesters today as monks, nuns and students attempted to gather at the country's holiest Buddhist shrine in defiance of a government ban on public assembly.Burmese riot police backed by troops clashed with hundreds of protesters today as... more
The military starts showing its face and in fact it force, beating up at least 10 monks---part of thousands who have been marching through various cities in force of freedom in Burma/Myanamar.
The last freedom protest there was squelched by the army in 1988... this time the world is watching... lets see what the world might do...
The military starts showing its face and in fact it force, beating up at least 10... more
After the Burmese government issued warnings Monday night to end the protests or face unspecified action, Tuesday morning, thousands of Buddhist monks and many more supporters were out on the streets in Myanmar again to continue the protests against the military government there. So far, sound trucks calling on the monks to return home are the only government presence patrolling the streets. But given the brutal crack down on protesters in 1988, this all makes me very nervous.After the Burmese government issued warnings Monday night to end the protests or face... more