Jan 23rd, 2008
The Golden days of the
Great Shan Empire VII
(I hope BD readers won’t mind the changing of my BLUE HEADINGS into black, as this is the darkest chapter of Myanmar and Myanmar Tatmadaw History)
Detention of Ethnic Shan
and other opposition Leaders
Read detail in Irrawaddy,
“Detained Ethnic Leaders Denied Outside Medical Aid”
By Shah Paung on January 8, 2008
Detained ethnic Shan leaders are being denied medical treatment from outside for serious health problems, according to the Shan National League for Democracy.
SNLD chairman Hkun Htun Oo
SNLD spokesman Sai Lek told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that prison authorities had rejected or ignored requests by the families of SNLD chairman Hkun Htun Oo and SNLD member Sai Hla Aung for medical attention from outside.
Hkun Htun Oo suffers from_
and high blood pressure.
Sai Hla Aung has_
a hyperthyroid condition,
and heart disease.
They were arrested in February 2005, together with_
SNLD General-Secretary Sai Nyunt Lwin,
Shan State Peace Council President Maj-Gen Sao Hso Ten
and Shan politician Shwe Ohn, who was later released.
They were arrested days before a resumed session of the National Convention opposed by Shan leaders.
Hkun Htun Oo was sentenced to 92 years imprisonment and is detained in Putao prison, Kachin State.
Sai Nyunt Lwin received a 75 year sentence and is in Kalay prison, Sagaing Division.
Sao Hso Ten was sentenced to a total of 106 years imprisonment and is in Hkamti prison, Sagaing Division.
Sai Hla Aung received a sentence of 75 years and is in Kyauk Pyu prison, Arakan State.
Meanwhile, arrests of National League for Democracy members continue. NLD spokesman Nyan Win said five members of the NLD youth wing had been arrested between Burma Independence Day on January 4 and January 6. No reason has yet been given for the arrests.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), based in neighboring Thailand, there are more than 1,400 political prisoners in Burma.
SPDC Junta and Myanmar Tatmadaw failed to understand that patriotism is not the sole property of the Myanmar Tatmadaw and its Generals alone.
Each and every citizen_
regardless of his race,
or political alignment,
has the right and is duty-bound to show his sense of patriotism to the country he loves in his own way.
Tatmadaw failed to acknowledge that the opposition parties like NLD, SNLD etc are equally patriotic, if not more so than SPDC leaders.
Many opposition leaders, to name a few_
U Gambari lead real Buddhist monks,
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD leaders like U Tin Oo,
U Hkun Htun Oo led SNLD Shan leaders,
Min Ko Naing lead 88 Student leaders, like Ko Ko Gyi etc,
Burmese Muslims such as, Daw Win Mya Mya (NLD Mandalay, Panthay) and Ko Mya Aye (88 Student leader)
Are unlike those in the SPDC and Tatmadaw,
have given up much of their comforts in life,
endured so much pain and humiliation
and even have been detained
under the illegal, undemocratic, unjust, draconian laws of the SPDC.
SPDC Junta should answer my question even if their brain is slightly larger than a bird’s brain.
If sacrificing the major part of one’s life for the nation is not patriotism, what is it then?
It is extremely distressing that the ruling Myanmar Generals and Tatmadaw want to cling onto power instead of being an instrument for the peace, progress, prosperity, unity of Myanmar and power house to start an inertia of change to democracy.
Not only the different Races and religions have become the cause of disunity, hate, violence and turmoil but the Myanmar Generals and Tatmadaw show the world that they are even willing to assault, arrest, torture and kill their own monks to stop the momentum of people’s peaceful struggle to initiate the changes to democracy.
So what’s left now to think about the safety or guarantee of other minority races and religious groups’ fate, life and property ?
We all now witnessed that Myanmar Tatmadaw is even willing to sacrifice and annihilate any one or any obstacle on their way to the road to their permanent dominance of Myanmar.
But the whole world looks quite cool, slow and looks like willing to patiently waiting forever for the SPDC promised, “Rice presenting on the moon-plate”
SPDC Generals should stop playing the politics of fear and intimidation on the unarmed Myanmar civilians. They should not politicise or use the national security as an excuse because it would be the most unpatriotic act, amounting to treachery.
We have journeyed together, sharing a common brotherhood for 60 years and we have attained wisdom and maturity to effect change that would create an environment where all of the Burmese/Myanmar citizens can have our voices heard, rights respected and continue to live together without fear or suspicion of each other.
We should not allow selfish Military Generals to sow the seeds of disunity, suspicion, hate and jealousy that will only be detrimental to us in this multi-racial and multi-religious nation of Burma/Myanmar.
As Barrack Obama, the US presidential candidate, said after his first defeat in the primaries:
‘Change is hard. Change is always met by resistance from the status quo. The real gamble is to have the same old folks doing the same old things over and over and over again and somehow expect a different result’.
We cannot and should not expect a better outcome from the same old Tatmadaw system over and over again. They will try to keep all the issues and dialogue in the back burner.
In order to create a just government for all of the Burmese/ Myanmars, we must strive to effect a change.
We have no much time to wait for the evolution, until or unless, UN and Mr Gambari could forced the snail paced present (almost effectively stalled) dialogue on the rocket louncher to install on to the fast track.
To bring about that change may not be that easy, it may be a monumental task, but there must be a beginning for all good things to happen.
Why shouldn’t it be now?
Is the saying, “Time and Tide wait for no man” irrelevant to the inhumane, noncivilized uniformed Tatnadaw?
Why did UN and the whole world allow the Junta to procrastinate when all of us already know that what the SPDC want was TIME only.
SPDC stupidly thought that time could heal the bleeding hearts of the people seeing their beloved revered monks beaten, arrested and killed.
It is now in our hands to make that change.
Do we have the will and courage to do so?
Except for the USA and EU leaders,
are ASEAN leaders,
Common Wealth leaders,
Non Allied movement leaders
and UN member countries’ leaders
all became cowards? Eunuchs with any B-ls? Greedy Crooks?
Or are they all willing to close their eyes, as the Burmese saying, “Myauk Thar_ Sar Chin Yin_Myaul Myet Nher_Ma Kyi Ne’.” meaning. “if you want to eat the flesh of the monkey, avoid looking at the face of the monkey.”
So carry on world leaders, just close your eyes to avoid seeing us beatened, tortured, arrested and killed by the Than Shwe Junta.
Please continue to enjoy the following article I republished from Irrawaddy.
Pro-Democracy Political Prisoners in Poor Health Condition
By Shah Paung
January 16, 2008
At least four detained political prisoners in Burmese prisons are in poor health and need medical attention, according to their family members.
The four political prisoners are Hla Myo Naung and Kyaw Soe of the 88 Generation Students group, who are both in Insein Prison in Rangoon; Win Maw, a pro-democracy activist, also in Insein Prison; and Myint Oo, a committee member of the Magwe Division of the National League for Democracy, who is in Mandalay Prison.
Hla Myo Naung has eye problems and is nearly blind in both eyes, according to a family member. He has had eye problems since October 2007, and was arrested while he was enroute to a Rangoon clinic to have an operation on the left side of one eye.
After he was arrested, authorities performed an operation on one of his eyes, but it was not successful and an eye nerve was damaged.
Family members of both Win Maw and Kyaw Soe said they received medical treatment in prison after they were tortured by the authorities in an interrogation center.
However, Win Maw has now contracted pneumonia. Kyaw Soe suffers from fainting spells. Both men were victims of water torture, according to sources.
A family member of Win Maw said they have not been allowed to visit him for nearly three weeks.
Myint Oo, who also suffers from pneumonia, began receiving medical treatment in a Mandalay prison hospital three days ago, according to family members.
Tate Naing, the secretary of the exiled-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), said that since August 2007, the military government has arrested more than 7,000 people, including pro-democracy activists. Prisoners are not allowed to receive outside medical treatment.
88 Generation Students leaders Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi also have health problems, say their family members. They were arrested by authorities in August 2007.
According to the AAPP, there are more than 1,850 political prisoners in Burmese prisons.