September 9, 2007

UNREST IS WHAT WE DO:

Burmese military junta says prodemocracy activists inciting unrest (Associated Press, September 9, 2007)

RANGOON, Burma - Burma's military junta accused detained prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party of inciting unrest and instigating Buddhist monks to take part in protests over price hikes, state media reported yesterday.

The regime also said that prodemocracy groups outside Burma and foreign media were deliberately spreading false information to destabilize the government, comparing the current situation to mass protests in 1988 when thousands of demonstrators were believed killed by security forces. The junta refers to the country as Myanmar.

"Internal and external destructive elements are inciting a period of civil unrest like the one in 1988," the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said. "It has been found that foreign broadcasting stations are launching political propaganda and exaggerated news reports on the demonstrations with the intent of misleading the public."


So if they continue to call it Burma, did the AP likewise refer to call Cold War Russia the USSR?:

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2007 8:44 AM
Comments

I hope they go back to Burma. It sounds so exotic while Myanmar sounds like a candy bar.

Posted by: erp at September 9, 2007 9:54 AM

"refer"="refuse"?

Posted by: James Haney at September 9, 2007 11:15 AM

James, I think "prefer" makes more sense in the context.

Posted by: erp at September 9, 2007 12:18 PM
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