Text from: Emergency Burma Relief
Burma is currently receiving an unprecedented amount of press; however, such tremendous attention must do more than engender global condemnation. It must provoke action. While those of you on the outside continue to read about the atrocities being committed on the inside you may be asking yourselves how you channel your outrage constructively. The first thing to do is stay informed. It is incredibly important that the international community remain committed to understanding the situation. Furthermore, you can help by providing desperately needed resources. There are two ways in which your support will help sustain the efforts of the peaceful demonstrators inside Burma:
1. Humanitarian support
These funds will be used for essential supplies including medicine, food, drinking water, and robes.
2. General support
These funds will be used not only for essential supplies, but also for communication, networking and information dissemination regarding the events in Burma.
What is happening?
Over the past several days there have been widespread protests against Burma's ruling military regime. These protests came in response to the government’s decision to dramatically increase fuel prices, which dealt a heavy blow to the already impoverished population. Now, for the first time in almost twenty years, the military’s omnipotence is being challenged. Burma’s despotic generals are being confronted, not by radical factions of troublemakers, but by peaceful activists dedicated to freedom and democracy. Spearheaded by the country’s revered Buddhist monks, tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Burma’s biggest cities, Rangoon and Mandalay, as well as smaller cities across thpntry. As many as 300,000 people have joined in the peaceful demonstrations to express their dissatisfaction and call for change.
In an attempt to quell the civil unrest, the military has brutally reacted to protesters. The violent crackdown has already resulted in the deaths of at least nine people, including one Japanese national, a journalist documenting the ongoing situation. Both monks and civilian protestors have received harsh beatings at the hands of armed police and soldiers. Hundreds have been arrested in pre-dawn raids of homes and monasteries nationwide. Further aggression is expected in the next few days as the government seeks to reestablish authority in the country's urban centers. As the violence continues to escalate the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Scarce resources are rapidly diminishing and the people inside need support.
For more updated photos from Rangoon, Burma, please go to FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY IN BURMA
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