September 6, 2007

Burma under pressure

The military has ruled Burma since 1962. The Generals held elections in 1990 but ignored the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. The European parliament voted on Thursday to condemn the regime's oppression of the Burmese people and called on the UN Security Council to impose binding sanctions.
Currently the army is suppressing protests at the doubling of fuel prices. It is the harshest crackdown since 1988.

Stronger sanctions AND consumer boycotts of those countries who use their vetoes (China and Russia) or countries where avarice is held in higher regard than ethics (India). Ultimately it is the PEOPLE of the world and Burma who will force the change. National governments and the UN can only do the symbolic and legislative part of the job. It is ultimately up to you and me.

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