I guess it is too easy to be wrapped up in our own cocoons.

Security forces swept through Myanmar’s main city Thursday, killing nine people including a Japanese journalist, and arresting hundreds more in a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

At least 50,000 people, many of them youths and students, swarmed into Yangon undeterred by the deaths the day before of at least four protesters, including three Buddhist monks, and repeatedly defied orders to disperse.

As the shots rang out, they ran for their lives, only to regroup and face down the might of Myanmar’s junta which has exerted iron rule over the impoverished country for more than four decades.

In six hours of chaotic protests, state media said nine people were killed and another 11 protesters injured including one woman. ( Story link )

Below is a blog post written by a fellow blogger a few days ago regarding the situation.

If ever there was a time to pray
by Erna Mahyuni

I’m praying that 1998 doesn’t repeat itself. The people of Burma have suffered enough and even if the junta doesn’t back down from rule, I’m hoping that at least they’ll restrain themselves from shooting into the crowd.

My time at the UNHCR seems so long ago but I still remember the stories. I remember the old man who was almost blind from being hit in the head with a gun butt. I remember the mother who had to leave her children with four different families, because no one could afford to take them all in. And I remember one of my dearest friends telling me he gets nightmares even thinking about telling the press what he went through. He still can’t find it in him to tell me his story. I still remember how his voice broke when he told me he couldn’t bear having to tell it all over again.

It saddens me that the junta tries forcing the Buddhist faith down the throats of the unwilling when Buddhism is a leaning of peace. So I find it apt that the Burmese monks are leading the throng, following in a path that Gandhi walked. That the People’s Party of the Philippines demonstrated. That political change doesn’t need bloodshed. That nonviolent resistance can work; that we don’t need to trade blood for peace.

I want so much to believe.

Yet, if this fails I don’t want foreign military intervention. I believe in the sovereignty of a country, for if we deny that sovereignty over its own affairs then we open the doors to unwanted meddling. Regime change by conquest is…just unacceptable. That it took an oil price hike to cause revolt is another sad state of affairs but maybe, the Burmese people have finally had enough. I just hope what they’re doing is enough.********************

It is Wear Red For Burma day today.