Why the Revolution must go on… …

2 Oct

The critique, ‘TI Corruption Index is No Different Either‘ by Sai Soe Win Latt published on Irrawaddy, questioned the rankings produced by Transparency International based on its methodology. As the writer argues, the index is based on ‘perceptions of experts from the business and financial sector’, who are themselves responsible for supporting the Burmese junta. Think US- based Unocal and French Total that are still operating in Burma. As this blog has noted, while this military regime is responsible for the human rights atrocities, they cannot have survived without the economic support of regional governments and multinational corporations.

Soe Win further commented that reports such as the TI Index are henceforth, mere covers for relegating the ‘Third World’ into “the white man’s burden”. He continues, ‘… by labeling the Third World “problematic,” the so-called aid organizations can expand their agendas to govern the Third World in the name of problem-solving’.

The support that the junta receives indirectly enabled them to continue with the repression in Burma. The repression is recently highlighted by a statement made by Burmese activists. One year after the Saffron Revolution, the regime has continued to harrass activists and monks. The Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) reported that the Malayone monastery, located in Rangoon’s Thanlin Township, was raided in the wee hours of September 5. Nilar Thein, a prominent leader of the 88 Generation who has been in hiding since last August was also arrested 5 days later. At least 39 activists were detained in August while the first 10 days of September saw at least 18 NLD members in Magwe Division and 3 monks, 4 youths and 1 journalist in Rangoon subjected to the same fate.

The statement estimated that more than 2,100 political prisoners have been arrested since the Saffron Revolution, with many being believed to be tortured. Despite the crackdown, the group, Generation New Wave, who emerged out of last years Revolution, has continued their human rights work by pasting posters of the dictator labelling him as a dictator in the streets. They have also organised a ‘red paint campaign’ to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 88 uprising.

Such courage amidst the insurmountable difficulties can only mean one thing – the revolution must go on… …


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