Protest the Juntas!… All of them, ours too! [UPDATED] 26 September 2007Posted by marisacat in 2008 Election, Big Box Blogs, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, The Battle for New Orleans, Viva La Revolucion!, WAR!.
A Buddhist monk speaks to the crowd of supporters as they gather in downtown Yangon. Myanmar moved Wednesday to crush the mass rallies that have erupted nationwide against the military regime, as security forces fired tear gas and warning shots, and beat protesters in the streets. [AFP]
Buddhist monks marching in protest in Yangon in the strongest show of dissent against the ruling generals in nearly two decades, on 24 September. [AFP/MizzimaNews/File]
From the BBC:
“Monks demonstration watched by armed soldiers.” Photo: Tin
Burmese riot police attack monks
Several thousand Burmese monks and other protesters have been marching in Rangoon despite a bloody crackdown by police. One death is reported.
Police beat and arrested demonstrators at the revered Shwedagon Pagoda, including up to 100 monks, on the ninth day of unrest against military rule.
One march started for the city centre while another headed for the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Security forces have reportedly ringed six key monasteries.
One unidentified person was shot dead and five received gunshot injuries, Rangoon hospital sources told Reuters news agency. [snip]
Supporters of the Buddhist monks march down a street in downtown Yangon. [AFP]
Politician U Win Naing (L), comedian Zarganar (2nd L) and actor Kyaw Tun (2nd R) offering food and water to monks during a protest in Yangon, on 24 September, in the latest and strongest show of dissent against the ruling generals in nearly two decades.
Myanmar’s most famous comedian Zaganar, who had thrown his support behind Buddhist monks leading anti-government protests, was arrested at his home during the night, according to a friend.[AFP/MandalayGazette/File]
Filipino protesters hold burning incense as they display pictures of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007 in front of the building housing Myanmar embassy in Manila’s financial district of Makati. The protesters staged the rally in solidarity to the ongoing protests in Myanmar against the ruling military junta. [AP Photo/Pat Roque]
In this file photo, a Myanmar Buddhist monk takes video footage at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. Myanmar’s swelling protests are in the global spotlight with the help of hi-tech gadgets in the era of YouTube — a stark contrast to the 1988 uprising in the pre-Internet age. [AFP/File/Saeed Khan]
UPDATED, 11:41 am – hot, dry and dusty again in San Francisco
someone just popped me this…
Please, Democwaps, FUCK US HARDER! AND MAKE US PAY FOR IT!!!
Kos makes the case for early money. I won’t tell you who to donate to right now, but am instead making the case for donating “now” rather than later.
Judging from past experience, as we get closer and closer to election day ’08 donations from readers will keep increasing. It’d much much much better if everyone sat down and figured out how much money they expected to donate to congressional candidates over the cycle and then figured out how to give as much of it as early possible.
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Sorry to be blunt, but the only word for it is, DEMMING … rushing madly for the fall from the cliff. Heading straight for the deep dark water with the strong undertow…
Also this… I have to say 8 years ago I had some hope for Krugman. Too often a party cheerleader. Too often a party mouthpiece.
Blanco could give a good Cajun, Baton Rouge Democratic machine shit about the Jena 6.
A Democrat. And Nagin, that former Republican now a Democrat, rushed to be at Jesse’s side.
Here is Margaret Kimberley of BAR on Jena 6:
If sitting under a tree is the last symbol of white supremacy in a state that fought tooth and nail to maintain it, then challenging that supremacist ideology is dangerous indeed. Were it not for concerned parents and other supporters who fought for them, the Jena Six would have disappeared namelessly into the American prison system like so many millions of other young black men.
“A movement that doesn’t produce a backlash isn’t much of a movement at all.”
After a successful first step, there is now talk of “backlash” in Jena. A movement that doesn’t produce a backlash isn’t much of a movement at all. It isn’t surprising that a neo-Nazi website openly threatened the lives of the Jena Six or that rednecks attempt to provoke violence by tying nooses onto their pickup trucks.
Also from BAR, Glen Ford on Jena:
I am absolutely certain that profound, near-universal Black frustration at the abject failure of Black misleadership to respond effectively to the Katrina catastrophe played a central role in response to the plight of the Jena Six – an outpouring of pent-up pain from a wound much more recent than those evoked by nooses hung on a tree. At a gut level, Katrina forced African Americans to face the fact that the established Black institutions were not just ineffectual, but purposely so. Therefore Black folks, especially the youth, moved on their own, rather than appeal to the deaf ears of those who have refused to move for decades.
Power brokers will never permit Power to the People. They have no interest in justice – only in their own material interests, and must be kept out of the room when conspiracies for liberation are hatched. They are the oppressors’ first line of defense; they will kill the nascent new Movement in its crib, if given the chance. Organize around them, not with them.