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Yangon: regime pours funds into army and intelligence to block web protests
The junta is concerned that the "Jasmine Revolution" will also spread to Myanmar. National Bureau of intelligence, closed in 2004, is reopened. 20% of the 2011/12 budget for military spending, only crumbs for education and health. AsiaNews sources: the people are too busy trying to survive to even imagine a mass uprising.
20/11/2007 ASEAN – MYANMAR
ASEAN says no to Gambari to please Myanmar
Myanmar’s delegation wins at ASEAN summit voicing its opposition to any interference into its internal affairs. Ruling junta continues pretending it is open to dialogue as its labour minister meets Aung San Suu Kyi. Buddhist monks say they will continue their alms boycott.
Democracy protests in Damascus and Aleppo, the first in decades
Hundreds of people gathered through a Facebook appeal, marched against the regime. At least six arrests and clashes with pro-government demonstrators. A video of the event shows a rare example of dissent in the country.
Police and helicopters to stop "jasmine revolution”. Beijing denies unrest
Tens of thousands of police have patrol squares and malls for fear of riots. Dozens of journalists arrested. The foreign minister denies that there is an emergency and that journalists were beaten. Ye Xiaowen and media campaign against attempt to imitate the Arab countries. The appeal to Protestant Christians to join the protest.
Cyclone Nargis, “cautious” junta agreement to UN aid
According to the state TV the death toll exceeds 15 thousand, with a further 30 thousand missing. The scale of the disaster force the generals out of isolation. Aid arrives from ASEAN neighbours as well as the EU and USA, the latter specifying: we will check that the funds are spent correctly.
Some 30,000 people march in Yangon against military junta
The challenge against the government is growing. Junta calls on the monks to go back to their monasteries. Demonstrators walk by Aung San Suu Kyi’s home, call on the junta to free pro-democracy leader and other political prisoners and talk with the opposition to solve the country’ economic problem.
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