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Police arrest Myanmar activist who ferried aid to cyclone survivors

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The Associated Press

Published: June 15, 2008

YANGON, Myanmar: Police detained a prominent activist who was distributing aid to cyclone survivors in Myanmar, colleagues said Sunday, the latest critic of the military junta’s handling of the disaster to be rounded up.

Zaw Thet Htway was taken into custody Saturday while staying at his parents home in the central Myanmar town of Minbu, 250 miles southwest of Yangon, the country’s biggest city, said colleagues who requested anonymity for fear of government reprisals.

The arrest followed the June 4 detention of Myanmar’s most popular comedian, Zarganar, who was working with Zaw Thet Htway to deliver donations of critical relief supplies to the cyclone-shattered Irrawaddy delta. Both are outspoken critics of the junta.

Zarganar’s arrest came after he had given interviews to foreign news outlets and criticized the military regime’s slow response to survivors of the May 2-3 Cyclone Nargis, which killed at least 78,000 people and left another 56,000 missing

In one of the interviews, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Myanmar had volunteered to aid victims of the cyclone, making several trips to the delta to help some of the more than 2 million survivors.

The day after the comedian was detained, the junta began publishing daily warnings in state-controlled media against people who send “video footage of relief work to foreign news agencies.” Many believe the government suspects Zarganar and his co-workers of providing videos from their relief missions to anti-junta groups.

International rights groups have called for Zarganar’s release.

“To arrest one of Burma’s most famous public figures for talking to the media at the time he was distributing aid shows the Burmese government is more concerned with controlling its citizens than assisting them,” Brad Adams, the Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said Friday. Myanmar was formerly called Burma.

Zarganar has been already imprisoned several times. Most recently, he was held for three weeks for providing food and other necessities to Buddhist monks who spearheaded anti-government protests in Yangon last September.

Zaw Thet Htway, formerly an editor of a popular local sports newspaper, was arrested in 2003 for allegedly plotting to “overthrow the government through bombings and assassinations.”

He was convicted of high treason and sentenced to death but was later given a reduced sentence and released in 2005 after serving 18 months.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/15/news/Myanmar.php

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 15, 2008 at 12:33 pm

မၾကာခင္ ေလမုန္တိုင္းတစ္ခု ထပ္မံက်ေရာက္မည္ဟု အစိုးရပိုင္ သတင္းဌာနမ်ားမွ ထုတ္ျပန္

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From Myanmar Herald Tribune

မၾကာခင္ ေလမုန္တိုင္းတစ္ခု ထပ္မံက်ေရာက္မည္ဟု

အစိုးရပိုင္ သတင္းဌာနမ်ားမွ ထုတ္ျပန္

ယေန႔နံနက္ပိုင္းမွစတင္ကာ ဘဂၤလာပင္လယ္ေအာ္တြင္ ေလဖိအားနည္းရပ္၀န္းတစ္ခု ျဖစ္ေပၚလွ်က္ရွိၿပီး အလြန္အားေကာင္းလွ်က္ရွိကာ ယေန႔နံနက္မွစတင္ကာ ေနာက္ (၇၄) နာရီးအတြင္း ကုန္းတြင္းပိုင္းကို ျဖတ္ေက်ာ္၀င္ေရာက္ႏိုင္ဟု ေဖာ္ျပပါရွိထားသည္။ ထိုသို႔တိုက္ခက္ရာတြင္ ေရျပင္ ေျမျပင္ေလဟာ တစ္နာရီလွ်င္ (၄၅) မိုင္မွ မိုင္ (၅၀) အထိ တိုက္ခက္ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း ေဖာ္ျပထားၿပီး။ MRTV4 ရုပ္သံလိုင္းမွ စဥ္ဆက္မျပတ္ထုတ္လႊင့္ေပးလွ်က္ရွိေနသည္။

Next Cyclone To Myanmar

ဇြန္လ (15) ရက္ေန႔ ဘဂၤလာပင္လယ္ေအာ္အေျခအေနအား Yahoo မွ ရိုက္ကူးထားသည့္ မိုးေလ၀သသတင္းဓာတ္ပံု

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မုန္တိုင္းသတင္းႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး မၾကာခင္အခ်ိန္ကမွ နာဂစ္ဆိုက္ကလံုးမုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ကို ျပင္းထန္စြာခံစားခဲ့ရေသာ ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္းအတြင္းရွိ နယ္ခံအခ်ိဳ႕အား ဆက္သြယ္ေမးျမန္းၾကည့္ရာမွာေတာ့ အစိုးရအာဏာပိုင္အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားမွ ယခုထပ္မံျဖစ္ေပၚလာေသာ မုန္တိုင္းသတင္းႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး မည့္သည့္ သတင္းေၾကညာခ်က္ထုတ္ျပန္သည္ကို မသိရွိရေသးေၾကာင္း ေျပာၾကားၾကသည္။ ထိုအျပင္ ပင္လယ္၀ႏွင့္ ေက်းရြာမ်ားေန ျပည္သူအခ်ိဳ႕ကမူ ေျပာင္းလဲလာေသာ ရာသီဥတုကိုေထာက္ရႈၿပီး မုန္တိုင္းႀကီး ထပ္မံက်ေရာက္လာမည့္ အရိပ္အေယာင္မ်ားကို အေတြ႕အႀကံဳမ်ားအရ သိရွိေနၾကရသျဖင့္ နီးစပ္ရာၿမိဳ႕မ်ားသို႔ အဆက္မပ်က္သြားေရာက္ေနၾကေၾကာင္းသတင္းရရွိထားသည္။

အစိုးရအာဏာပိုင္အဖြဲ႕အစည္းမ်ားအေနနဲ႔ မုန္တိုင္းသတင္းႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး မုန္တိုင္းဒဏ္ခံစားခဲ့ရသည့္ ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္းအတြင္းသို႔ တိက်ေသျခာေသာသတင္းမ်ားထုတ္လႊင့္ေပးသင့္သလို အခ်ိန္ႏွင့္တေျပညီ မုန္တိုင္းလြတ္ကင္းရာေနရာမ်ားသို႔ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ေပးသင့္ေၾကာင္း ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ရွိ ၀ါရင္စာနယ္ဇင္းတစ္ဦးမွ ေျပာၾကားသည္။

အစိုးရမီဒယာမ်ား၏ သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္မ်ားႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ထိုပုဂိဳလ္မွဆိုရာတြင္ “သူတို႔ကေလွ်ာ့ေပါ့ၿပီးေတာ့ ေၾကညာတာလည္းျဖစ္ႏိုင္တယ္။ နာဂစ္တုန္းကလည္း ဒီလိုပဲ ေၾကညာခဲ့တာပဲ။ ဒါေပမယ့္ တကယ့္လက္ေတြ႕မွာေတာ့ သူတို႔ ေၾကညာခဲ့တာ ေျပာင္းျပန္ပဲဗ်။ အခု၀င္မယ္ဆိုတဲ့မုန္တိုင္းဟာလည္း သတို႔ေၾကညာထားတာဆက္ အဆမတန္ႀကီးမ်ားႏိုင္တယ္။ ပ်က္ဆီးဆံုးရႈံးႏိုင္တယ္။´´ ဟုဆိုသည္။

မုန္တိုင္းသတင္းႏွင့္ပတ္သကၿပီး ယေနၾကားသိရေသာသတင္းမ်ားမွာ လက္ပြတ္တာၿမိဳ႕တြင္းရွိ ပင္လယ္၀တြင္တည္ရွိေသာ လိႈင္းဖံုးေက်းရြာအုပ္စုအတြင္းရွိ ေက်းရြာအခ်ိဳ႕ ယခုျဖစ္ေပၚလာေသာ မုန္တိုင္းေၾကာင့္ ပ်က္ဆီးသြားၿပီျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။ ထိုေက်းရြာမ်ားမွ မၾကာခင္ကာလမ်ားကမွ လူေနတဲမ်ား အသစ္ျပန္လည္တည္ေဆာက္ထားခဲ့ၾကျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ယခုတစ္ႀကိမ္တြင္လည္း ထပ္မံပ်က္ဆီးသြားခဲ့ၾကၿပီျဖစ္သလို။ ထိုေလေဘးသင့္ျပည္သူမ်ားအေနျဖင့္ မိမိတို႔၏ ရပ္ရြာမ်ားတြင္ မေနထုိင္ထိုင္ရဲၾကေတာ့ပဲ လက္ပြတ္တာၿမိဳ႕သို႔ ထြက္ေျပးတိမ္းေရွာင္လာေနၾကၿပီျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သတင္းရရွိသည္။

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ကရင္ျပည္နယ္ႏွင့္ မြန္ျပည္နယ္တို႔တြင္ ျမစ္ေရႀကီးလွ်က္ရွိေၾကာင္း ရန္ကုန္သတင္းရပ္ကြက္မွ ၾကားသိရသည္။ အေၾကာင္းမွာ ယခုတရုတ္ႏိုင္ငံတြင္ျဖစ္ပြားလွ်က္ရွိေသာ မိုးသည္းထန္စြာရြာသြန္းမႈႏွင့္ ေရႀကီးလာမႈမ်ားေၾကာင့္ ယခင္ျပဳလုပ္ထားသည့္ ဆည္ႏွင့္ေရကာတာမ်ား က်ိဳးသျဖင့္ လည္းေကာင္းေရမ်ားမွာ ေအာက္သို႔ ဆီဆင္းလာမႈေၾကာင့္ ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ကရင္ျပည္နယ္အခ်ိဳ႕ ေဒသမ်ားႏွင့္ မြန္ျပည္နယ္တို႔တြင္ ျမစ္ေရႀကီးမ်ား ျဖစ္ပြားလွ်က္ရွိေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။ သတင္းမ်ားႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အတည္ျပဳႏိုင္ရန္ ႀကိဳးစားလွ်က္ရွိသည္။

World focus on Burma (15 June 2008)

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Police arrest Myanmar activist who ferried aid to cyclone survivors

International Herald Tribune, France –

Myanmar was formerly called Burma. Zarganar has been already imprisoned several times. Most recently, he was held for three weeks for providing food and …

Continue sanctions

Louisville Courier-Journal, KY –

… D-Calif., once again are sponsoring legislation to continue economic sanctions against the military-run government of Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

Thai rice gurus predict long-term sellers’ market – Feature

Earthtimes (press release), UK –

Thailand has been the world’s top rice exporter since the mid-1960s, after the world’s former leader, Myanmar, fell under military rule in 1962 and its …

Pittsford photographer, Brow Diva studio team up to aid Myanmar

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY –

Kogut, of Pittsford, visited Myanmar, also called Burma, last year and was eager to help, so she and Cahill selected three pictures of young Burmese monks …

Myanmar (Burma): Aid yields results; 171000 people see emergency …

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) continues to aid victims of Cyclone Nargis which devastated Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta on 2 May 2008. …

In cyclone-hit Myanmar, rain drenches children in roofless school

AFP –

KAWHMU, Myanmar (AFP) — Many remain traumatised after Cyclone Nargis flattened the impoverished farming village of Mawin, which is in Kawhmu township in a …

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Full Coverage: Burma (Myanmar)

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Cyclone dead wash ashore on distant Myanmar beach: official

AFP – Sat Jun 14, 4:05 AM ETYANGON (AFP) – About 300 bloated and decaying corpses, apparently victims of Cyclone Nargis, washed up on a beach in eastern Myanmar more than one month after the storm, a local official said Saturday.

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