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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 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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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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