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A good friend in Singapore emailed me this mornign with a fair amount of anxiety and desparation in wanting to do something.

He's risking much to go with others Saturday morning to place lotus flowers at the Burmese embassy there. Without a permit, he could be arrested. In Singapore, the embassy is at 5 St. Martin's Road if you want to join them.

But there's something so easy that you, too can do to help this situation.

Yes, you do have the power to influence what happens in Burma, good or bad:

Pressure needs to be applied to those that can influence the junta, like China and India and support members of the Democratic Voice of Burma at its website if its still up.

My friend asks:


China and India

write to the Chinese and Indian ambassadors in your
country and ask them to stop being complicit with the violence,through their inaction.

China maintains close economic and political links to
the Burmese government and India has built strong
military ties and recently signed energy deals.

ASEAN and its Member Embassies
Write to the ASEAN (Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand) and individual member embassies and urge them to persuade the junta to end its violent crackdown on the protesters.
(sorry, links are for the US embassies)

In London:
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
19a, Charles Street
London W1J 5DX
Nearest tube: Green Park


Learn More

You can read about the developments happening at CNN, too and the BBC and at a news site run by Burmese exiles.

If you haven't yet signed the petition at MoveOn's International equivalent, please do so.

My friend thanks you and I thank you, too.

Originally posted to PBnJ on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 05:59 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips (12+ / 0-)

    For my friend. Thanks.

    Chaos. It's not just a theory.

    by PBnJ on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 05:52:06 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for linking (3+ / 0-)
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      PBnJ, David Boyle, Judge Moonbox

      To Avaaz. We need to stand with Burma.

      •  The junta must go (5+ / 0-)

        They've killed thousands already over the years.

        The idea that other governments will stand idly by because they want access to Burmese natural resources only makes them complicit in the slaughter.

        disgusting

        (and happy to link)

        Chaos. It's not just a theory.

        by PBnJ on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 05:59:45 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Indian Parliament's reaction very good (3+ / 0-)
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          Thanks for the links.

          Reports of some of India's MPs made me hopeful that at least India will take a strong stance.

          Here's a quote:

          Mungpi
          Mizzima News (www.mizzima.com)

          September 28, 2007 - A group of Indian Parliamentarians today condemned the brutal crackdown of Burmese junta on peaceful protestors in the country, calling it "State Terrorism" and urged Indian government to immediately intervene to prevent further violence and bloodshed in Burma.

          The Indian Parliamentarians' Forum for Democracy in Burma, a group formed with Members of Parliament from both ruling and opposition parties, on Thursday raised concerns on the ongoing crisis in Burma as at least nine protestors are confirmed killed today in the second day of violent crackdown by the military junta.

          "This is nothing but a state terrorism," said Robert Kharshiing, convener of the IPFDB. "India should actively intervene to prevent any more violence in Burma by the military junta."

          Perhaps the Indian Ambassador here will be receptive to our appeals to not stand idly by....

  •  China's "Neighborhood of cards" strategy. (1+ / 0-)
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    PBnJ

    I think we're seeing the acid test of what I call China's "Neighborhood of cards" strategy. They band together with all the other fearful, bullying tyrants in hopes that shoring up one will keep the winds of freedom from inspiring the people in the others. Ultimately, it's a foolish gamble because so many of these houses will crumble. If the Chinese Communist Party had more sense, they would have seen that their enabling the other tyrants only leads them to think they're indestructible, that however badly they muck up, China will be there to support them.

    I've always had the suspicion that the left listens to Bush a lot more than his own administration ever did.-Babylonandon, Huffington Post.

    by Judge Moonbox on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 06:58:00 PM PDT

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