Friday, May 09, 2008

Bangkok Post: Burmese dictators' priority

Bangkok Post: Top Stories: "While bloated corpses still litter Irrawaddy delta fields, the controlled media promote the referendum. While a million Burmese in deep shock fight for their survival, government ministers give speeches on the 'flourishing discipline democracy.'

Mae Sot - The ruling military junta of Burma has imposed a vacation ban for all officials - but not so every last person can be available to assist survivors of the recent cyclone that devastated the country.

Instead, the officials have to remain available to organise Saturday's referendum on the new constitution, with which the generals intend to cement their power.

'This clearly shows their priorities,' said Bo Kyi who, as a political prisoner, spent more than seven years in a military-run torture camp before he fled across the border into Thailand."


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