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Burma protest in London on 6th

Posted By Sunny On 2nd October, 2007 @ 9:28 am In Current affairs, South Asia | 3 Comments

BBC Online [1] reported on Sunday that around 3,000 people turned out Saturday in solidarity with the Burmese monks. Interestingly enough, the protest was almost entirely organised and popularised through Facebook. The [2] main group, which now has over a quarter of a million members, points out that on 6th October there is a planned Day of International Action across the world. Be there or be square.

3 Comments To "Burma protest in London on 6th"

#1 Comment By Kismet Hardy On 2nd October, 2007 @ 11:22 am

According to an ex officer who defected after being told to massacre a temple, thousands of people have been and are being slaughtered. And the UN donkeys can’t even get an appointment to have a cup of tea with any of the head perpetrators. All that crap about protecting oppressed people counts for jackshit when the country bears betal nuts and not oil

It’s time for the renegade shaolin monk masters to unleash the Siu Lam Sap Yi Lou Tan Tui and fight back

#2 Comment By Kesara On 2nd October, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

3000 is on the high end, well done though.

The Wandsworth Park Police are training to joint the Burmese military junta - they stopped me from taking photographs at one point, then gave up when I told them I was a Buddhist and if I didn’t hear a logical argument, I’d go all Shaolin on their asses:

Wands. Park Gestapo (eagerly eyeing my press pass): “Are you a professional photographer?”
ShaolinBoy: “Yes…”
WPG: “You can’t take pictures here…”
SB: “WTF!? This is a very significant news event & its a public space blah blah”
WPG: “No pros here…” (despite the 5 press guys & dozens of ppl with ‘big’ cameras)

Ohhh the irony…I’m lodging a complaint with the NUJ as per their guidelines but it was quite amusing. THey didn’t let SKY News into the park - which was utterly moronic given that they would’ve helped put the protests high on the list.

Yet to upload the photos but I’ll link in when I get zi chance. Who needs a military junta when you have WPP on the case :P

#3 Comment By Nyrone On 2nd October, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

It was really moving to see so many people turn up and demonstrate solidarity with the people of Burma.
The mood was of quiet anger and yet extremely peaceful and tolerant.

There was a varied mix of people, and I spoke to a lot of Burmese people that kept saying ‘Thank you so much for coming’ which I didn’t know how to reply to.

I was quite surprised at the many Burmese people I met who stated that the US needs to go in and “do what they did in Iraq” to get rid of the Junta.
I asked if there was any other alternative, and many seemed to think not…

In the meantime, does anyone know whether this story about thousands being dead is definitely accurate? I noticed that the Daily Telegraph changed their story about it and shifted to the ‘monks being held’ angle.

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[1] reported: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7020956.stm
[2] main group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24957770200