I’m never sure how much effect online petitions have, but I figure spending thirty seconds of my life trying to help others is a good thing. 7 years ago
I remember having a discussion about 5 years ago about Burma….my friend B. was the focal point giving me all the info….she knew a lot….she is very worldly…a staunch follower of the political issues in Burma always…has considered the political situation one of the most unjust….she carries a bag with a patch that says “Burma” and has always called it Burma, never Myanmar. She’s not Burmese…she’s a New Yorker…just very into this struggle. 7 years ago
The petition is here
From the AVAAZ.org site
“Stand with the Burmese Protesters
After decades of military dictatorship, the people of Burma are rising – and they need our help. Marches begun by monks and nuns snowballed, bringing hundreds of thousands to the streets. Now the crackdown has begun, but the protests are spreading…
When the Burmese last marched in 1988, the military massacred thousands. If the world stands up and supports their struggle, this time they could win. We’re in a race against time—targeting the dictatorship’s main backer China in a global advertising campaign, delivering the petition to the UN secretary-general and sending the Burmese our support via radio—
TAKE ACTION NOW” 7 years ago
I did this today and sent it off as well to friends. 7 years ago
Sometimes I feel so helpless in the face of atrocities that are so far away. Start by signing a petition. Maybe read a little and contact your member of congress or write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Just raising awareness of other people is a HUGE step.
It only takes a moment to do, and while it doesn’t feel like much, pass on the word to family and friends so that we can all make a difference.
Also going to make an extra effort to boycott China, already in my bad books over Tibet. It’s no surprise they don’t lift a finger over Burma since they’re doing no worse than China itself does every single day :-( 7 years ago
Burma might seem so far away, but in my community yesterday a young man was arrested for driving his father to the hospital.
Elsewhere in the United States of America yesterday an elderly couple was arrested for asking for an explanation of what taxes they had alledgedly not paid.
If we each look around our own homes, we are apt to see oppression. Burma is not unique. We are all neighbors. 7 years ago
a moment to do, and while it doesn’t feel like much, pass on the word to family and friends so that we can all make a difference.
I’m not always sure what the value of signing petitions really is but let’s face it – it has to be better than doing absolutely nothing, doesn’t it? 7 years ago
Signing a petition isn’t much, but it’s a start!
I sent the link to my very political minded daughter too. 7 years ago
I haven’t been following the situation in Burma very closely, but the things I’ve read are horrible. I’m just glad if signing the petition helped those people. 7 years ago
awhile and I have been so sad of all those things that happens there. I wish that I would do more than just a sign a petition, but it’s a start. At least I have made so statement. I wish that things would get normal there and there would be a peace.
Thanks you people for sharing this petition here! 7 years ago
They are now taking the monks away to prisons. The general public are scared that this will happen to them too. This is no way to live. 7 years ago
If you haven’t seen the avaaz.org petition, take a look and sign it. They’re going to deliver it to the Chinese, who are heavily invested in Myanmar and have quite a bit of sway over the military junta. 7 years ago
This is one small way that I can in my safe comfortable world add my voice. I hope to find other ways too.
Below is a message posted on the website.
ATTENTION* Subject: Letter from a friend living in Burma We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago. We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse!!!!!!!!! For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning. A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. They systematically ordered all the monks to line up and banged and crushed each one’s head against the brick wall of the monastery. One by one, the peaceful, non resisting monks, fell to the ground, screaming in pain. Then, they tore off the red robes and threw them all in the military trucks (like rice bags) and took the bodies away. The head monk of the monastery, was tied up in the middle of the monastery, tortured , bludgeoned, and later died the same day, today. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the monastery, warded off by troops with bayoneted rifles, unable to help their helpless monks being slaughtered inside the monastery. Their every try to forge ahead was met with the bayonets. When all is done, only 10 out of 200 remained alive, hiding in the monastery. Blood stained everywhere on the walls and floors of the monastery. Please tell your audience of the full extent of the fate of the monks please please !!!!!!!!!!!! ‘Arrested’ is not enough expression. They have been bludgeoned to death !!!!!! Hong Kong
Anonymous, United Kingdom
“Sunday, September 30, 2007
Ngwe Kyar Yan Abbot Replaced
Myo Thant: After the brutal attack at Ngwe Kyar Yan Buddhist Monastery by the dictator’s troops 3 days ago, the Abbot (chief monk) has now passed away.
Now it has been urgently repaired, and even the Abbot (chief monk) position is replaced with an unknown monk, by the government authorities.”
Also the regularly updated page on the BBC news website
“Hi, have you heard about the crisis in Burma?
Burma is ruled by one of the worst military dictatorships in the world. This week Buddhist monks and nuns began marching and chanting prayers to call for democracy. The protests spread and hundreds of thousands of Burmese people joined in—they’ve been brutally attacked by the military regime, but still the protests are spreading.
I just signed a petition calling on Burma’s powerful ally China and the UN security council to step in and pressure Burma’s rulers to stop the killing. The petition has exploded to over 350,000 signatures in a few days and is being advertised in newspapers around the world, delivered to the UN secretary general, and broadcast to the Burmese people by radio. We’re trying to get to 1 million signatures this week, please sign below and tell everyone!
Thank you for your help!” 7 years ago