August 30, 2007


Myanmar junta fails to quell protests (Seth Mydans, August 30, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

Linking arms for mutual support, grim in the face of plain-clothes paramilitary gangs, small groups of protesters in Myanmar have staged street demonstrations for nearly two weeks in the most sustained defiance of the junta in a decade.

The protests have dwindled in size since they began on Aug. 19, but to the surprise of outside analysts, they have continued to erupt in several parts of the country.

They do not appear to be centrally organized and have continued despite the arrests of a number of activist leaders.

The authorities are hunting down opposition figures and have reportedly told hotels and guest houses to notify them of their presence.

"A week and a half ago people were saying the protests didn't have that much future," said Dave Mathieson, an expert on Myanmar with Human Rights Watch in Thailand. "But they are starting to spread, and they are continuing in Rangoon."

It's always shameful when freedom is on the march and we aren't at least following.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2007 10:45 AM

Myanmar doesn't have any strategic relevance.

Posted by: Brandon at August 30, 2007 12:30 PM

Nor do Afghanistan or Iraq, but we did the right thing.

Posted by: oj at August 30, 2007 2:18 PM