Burmese Protest EU Meeting with Regime
One of the “Six Outposts of Tyranny” is feeling pressure…
Burmese Protest the Junta in Kyoto.
The civlized EU continues to try to “work magic” with the uncivilized Myanmar junta in meetings today. This article here published in the Asian Tribune is just brilliant.
The EU, that had just renewed its sanctions and shunned the Burmese regime because of its gross records of human rights violations and vehement hatred for democracy, has announced it will hold ministerial talks with the Burmese regime at Kyoto. No one can expect any result from their encounter as their brain wave length are not the same?
But it is a historic first ever meeting since the Junta came to power killing thousands of people and can be construed as the proper way of civilized international community responding to an uncivilized Burmese regime even though it will be very hard, if not impossible for the uncivilized Burmese Generals to understand the norms of the well mellowed civilized European Union representing some 25 countries.
Civilized in the sense that if two persons or groups did not see eye to eye they sit down, negotiate (sometimes banging the table or shouting at each other or calling names) and parted their own ways but did not come to shooting or arresting each other (not to mentioned torturing) as in Burma. Then after discussion, each goes on its own way and does not persecute the other because he dares to disagree with his idea. Even if one committed a crime he is given a fair trail with the right to choose its own lawyers and even if in custody are allowed to see its kit and kin.
However this kind of civilized norms is non- existence in a place called Burma (the Generals love to be called by their chauvinist name as Myanmar) the classic example is the arrest of Khun Htun Oo of how he was denied all the civilized norms of the homo sapiens, not to mention the fate of U Tin Oo and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burmese protestors have held a rally in the Japanese city of Kyoto, where European Union representatives are holding talks with Burma’s foreign minister, Nyan Win.
About 60 people, dressed in traditional clothing and straw hats, gathered outside the meeting venue, calling for the release of the Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
The ministerial talks are being held on the sidelines of a two-day Asia-Europe Meeting.
One of the protestors, Myint Maung, said the ASEM meeting was a good opportunity to put pressure on the Burmese regime.
“I hope Japan and [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] will follow sanctions imposed by the EU, which will be really effective,” he said.
EU foreign ministers last month renewed sanctions against Burma, restricting travel by Burmese officials and stopping investment in the country.
Burma is feeling the heat this last month. Two defecting (child) soldiers described chemical weapon use by the regime. And last month, the Shan State decleared it’s independence from the brutal regime.