Friday, September 28, 2007

Silence Is Not Golden

Today, the internet has been shut down to keep freedom from breaking out throughout Myanmar. This is a sad event, and hopefully there will be enough determination by those who can see what's going on and who are able to keep their freedom that it can be overcome. Brave people are still sending out news and pictures, and always will when a repressive government tries to keep them silent.

The Internet connection in Myanmar was cut Friday, limiting the free flow of information the nation's citizens were sharing with the world depicting the violent crackdown on monks and other peaceful demonstrators.

Myanmar-based blogs went dark suddenly. But London-based blogger Ko Htike -- who has been one of the most prominent bloggers posting information about the violence -- has vowed to keep up the fight, saying where "there is a will, there is a way."

"I sadly announce that the Burmese military junta has cut off the Internet connection throughout the country," he said on his blog Friday. "I, therefore, would not be able to feed in pictures of the brutality by the brutal Burmese military junta."

Ko Htike is a 28-year-old who left Myanmar, once known as Burma, seven years ago to study in England. Watch a blogger's fight for Myanmar ยป

He told a day earlier that he has as many as 40 people in Myanmar sending him photos or calling him with information. They often take the photos from windows from their homes, he said.

When actions are so wrong that they become a discredit to a government, the solution is to repair that behavior. The Myanmar government is acting so badly that it has become more than unspeakable, acting as an enemy to its people. Hopefully this will be its final desperate act.



Blogger Woody, Tokin Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella said...

glad you're back in harness...

7:06 AM  
Blogger HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Heartbreaking but thanks for posting it.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Today, Sunday, seems the Myanmar people are not staying home, despite multitudes of monks having been dragged from their temples. It's desperate, but they're so brave.

10:31 AM  

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