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A Vigil For Burma

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More than a week of protests in Toronto against the violence in Burma culminated last night with the Global March for the People of Burma. The demonstration began at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Chinese consulate on St. George Street before making its way to Queen’s Park, where a vigil was led by monks from the city’s Buddhist temples. According to the Toronto Star, hundreds heeded the call from Amnesty International and other human rights groups to rally in support of the monks in Burma, many of whom have been detained, murdered, or forced into hiding since the junta’s crackdown began late last month.
Other cities around the world also participated in demonstrations yesterday. In London, 3000 people turned up at a rally in Trafalgar Square, while protesters in Brussels carried yellow roses and pictures of the Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Protesters hope that their respective countries can put pressure on China to withdraw its support of the military regime in Burma. China is Burma’s most influential ally and trading partner.
Sources from Burma report that tens of thousands of monks and other peaceful protesters have been kidnapped and sent to prison camps as part of the junta’s efforts to silence dissent. A particularly disturbing account from a defected Burmese intelligence officer states that hundreds of monks have been executed and their bodies burned or “dumped deep inside the jungle.” In an attempt to control what gets leaked to the outside world, the junta has cut off all Internet and cellular service in the country.
Toronto organizers have set up a website, and are also using their presence on Facebook to get information out about future demonstrations.
Photo courtesy of BrendanGeorge.

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  • Julie Reitsma

    thought it was called myanmar now? what’s the stance on that…i hear from some sources that the people of myanmar don’t call it burma, because of the whole colonial implication. then again, lots of people still call it burma, including a guy near my work who runs a burmese restaurant. maybe this isn’t relevant to this post :)

  • Soloman Lam

    Good question Julie, and the BBC has the answer:
    BBC: Should it be Burma or Myanmar?
    The short answer is that the current junta changed the country’s name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, and because many international bodies do not recognize the legitimacy of the junta as the ruling government, they don’t recognize the name change either.
    For example, the United Nations recognizes the name Myanmar, but the UK, US and Canada don’t.
    Within the country, the BBC says both names have been used for ages, but Myanmar is more formal while Burma is more colloquial.

  • Julie Reitsma

    aha! clarification. i’m not a junta fan, so i’ll go with burma. thanks!