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The Canberra Times
Friday September 10, 1999
About 200 protesters
burned flags, smashed fences and hurled pot plants at the
Burmese embassy in Canberra yesterday after peaceful sit-in
Police and Australian Protective Service officers had to call
for help after being overwhelmed by the demonstration against
Burma's ruling military junta.
Demonstrators burned a Burmese flag outside the embassy and
charged through 15 police and broke through fences to enter
"We intend to stay here until the Burmese dictators allow
democratic government," protest organiser Maung Maung Than
After police reinforcements arrived, the protesters were dragged
away one be one, sparking ugly scenes as organisers traded
blows with authorities on the kerb outside.
The protest was organised by the 9999 Action Committee, a
loose coalition of Burmese-Australian democratic action groups
formed as part of a world-wide protest to mark the August
8, 1988, or 8888, uprising against the Rangoon dictatorship.
The protest that seized the
Burmese junta's embassy was not as ugly as the Canberra Times
defied. In fact, it was a civilized protest compare to the
Burmese regime that rapes thousands of girls under age of
12, killed 3,000 peacefull protesters in 1988, jails thousands
of democracy supporets, forces thousands of minority ethnic
to become homeless and landless, and closes all higher lernaing.
I as an Amreican can say that the students from Burma did
very good job during the protest, and I am urging them to
do it again. And The Canberra government should not arrest
the students next time. That's all I want to say now.
Duty is Duty
I read about Rob Taylor's
news article (Daily Telegraph, September 10). As I was one
of the protesters, I would like to fill a hole of the news
9999 Action Committee protested at illiegal Burmese Embassy.
Protesters clashed with some police officers because of their
But I do not want to mention in deatils because we have no
problem with the police and all security forces of Australia.
They are doing their job.
On the other hand, we, the Burmese are doing our job that
is we would like to know the world and its communities that
the government in Burma is illegal and the people of Burma
are suffering under the military yokes.
The 9999 action committee (not a loose coalition) is unitedly
formed by the active Burmese who want to restore Democracy
and Human Rights in their motherland. They have already decided
to work together until democracy return to Burma.
Revolution is revolution. It can not be measured by the violent
or non-violent way.
What else can we do?
say entering into the Embassy is violent. We are entering
into a compoud owned by the Burmese People. It is not a crime.
Some people and newspaper highlighted burning flags, smashing
fences. huling pot plants. But they never ever highlited the
absolute inner voices of the people of Burma.
We have been struggling for
Democracy and Human Rights for 11 years. Within these years,
WHO CARES ABOUT OUR STRUGGLE AND HOW MUCH? Everybody knows.
So what is the next step?