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Burma smuggles or imports fuel despite gas resources: loses money using black market funds

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

Burma had significant gas resources but it imported all its petrol and diesel, wrote Connie Levett in The Sydney Morning Herald (9/10/2007, p. 9).

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Soaring fuel prices trigger for Burmese protests: unfair quota system in place

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

A surgeon in a public hospital in Burma earned $US15($17) a month and ran private clinics after hours to make ends meet, wrote Connie Levett in The Sydney Morning Herald (9/10/2007, p. 9).

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Military rent-a-crowd pays 90c per rioter; 1000 people remain in custody at unknown locations in Burma

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

About 1000 people remained in custody at unknown locations in Burma since last month’s rallies, and concern for their safety had grown, reported The Australian (15/10/2007, p. 10).

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Aus Federal Police confirm its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering; Aidwatch seeks halt to co-operation

Posted by gasweek on 11 October, 2007

The Australian Federal Police confirmed three of its officers trained 20 Burmese police in in­telligence gathering, as the inter­national group Aidwatch warned that such co-operation should be curtailed amid the brutal sup­pression of democracy activists, wrote Craig Skehan in The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.6).

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Burma fears: From 4am until 8am, furnace at a crematorium in the eastern Rangoon district of South Okkalapa was operating over-time

Posted by gasweek on 10 October, 2007

The Burmese junta continues to round up scores of people and interrogate hundreds more arrested in last week’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy marches as suspicion grows it has secretly burnt the bodies of people killed by the army, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.8).

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Burma riots sparked by skyrocketing fuel prices, as govt overstates growth, oil/gas deals

Posted by gasweek on 5 October, 2007

Experts said the Burma Government’s mistake was raising fuel prices overnight on 15 August without first publicly explaining the increase or considering a phased-in price rise, as other Asian countries have done, wrote Aye Win in The Advertiser (29/9/2007, p.70). Read the rest of this entry »

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Burma expert says action by young Army officers, not demonstrations by monks, only real hope for change in Burma

Posted by gasweek on 4 October, 2007

Although Burma’s warrior kings were firmly entrenched in power, and not overly worried about condemnation by the West, that did not mean that their position was entirely secure, wrote Bertil Lintner in The Sydney Morning Herald (29/9/2007, p. 27).

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China silent on Burma protests, despite heavy investment in resources; India trying to gain oil/gas foothold

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

China, which had invested heavily in Bur­ma’s extensive resources such as natural gas, remained largely silent on the growing agitation, reported The Australian Financial Review (27/9/2007, p.14). India seeks oil deal: India, which was trying to gain a commercial foothold in Burma, has come under attack as it was a demo­cracy seeking to ignore sanctions already in place against the country. Its Resources Minister, Murli Deora, who travelled to Burma this week to sign an oil exploration deal and begin lobbying for the next deal, became a target for the protesters. This week’s protests came after the government doubled basic fuel prices with no warning, leading to a break­down in public transport services.

The Australian Financial Review, 27/9/2007, p. 14

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Burmese protests began after sudden fuel-price rises: now a mass movement against military repression and economic hardship

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

At least three monks were killed in clashes with Burmese security forces who cracked down on anti­-government protests in Rangoon, reported The Daily Telegraph (27/9/2007, p.27). Read the rest of this entry »

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Burma fuel insurgency: Monks swear to refuse alms from military officers; dooms soldiers to underworld:”Without Buddhist merits, you are going to hell”

Posted by gasweek on 25 September, 2007

More than 300 monks took to the streets of Rangoon on 19 September, drawing hundreds of people, reported The Australian (20/9/2007, p.9). Police did nothing to break up the protest, but security officials earlier used tear gas and fired warning shots in the air to disperse 1000 monks protesting in Sittwe, west of Rangoon. The Rangoon rally was signifi­cant because the monks took an oath to refuse alms from military officers — a powerful sign of dissent in the Buddhist country. The trigger was a fuel price-rise.

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