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January 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm

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ေရႊဝါေရာင္လႈပ္ရွားမႈ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဦးဂမီၻရ အစာငတ္ခံ ဆႏၵျပ

17 January 2009

Buddhist monks march in a street in protest against the military government in Yangon, Myanmar, in this file photo of Sept 24,2007.AP
၂၀၀၇ ခုႏွစ္ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ာရဲ႕ ေရြ၀ါေရာင္ ေတာ္လွန္ေရး ျမင္ကြင္းတရပ္ (စက္တင္ဘာ ၂၄၊ ၂၀၀၇)

စက္တင္ဘာ သံဃာ့လႈပ္ရွားမႈေခါင္းေဆာင္ သံဃာေတာ္တပါး ျဖစ္တဲ့ ဂမၻီရဟာ မႏၱေလး အက်ဥ္းေထာင္ထဲမွာ အစာငတ္ခံဆႏၵျပေနၿပီးေတာ့ က်န္းမာေရး မေကာင္းဘူးလို႔ သိရပါတယ္။ ဒါ့အျပင္ ေထာင္၀င္စာ သြားေတြ႔တဲ့ သူ႔မိသားစု ကိုလည္း အာဏာပိုင္ေတြဘက္က ေထာင္၀င္စာ ေတြ႔ခြင့္မေပးတဲ့ အျပင္ အခုဆိုရင္ ပါဆယ္ကိုေတာ့ ေပးခြင့္မရွိဘူးလို႔ ဆိုပါတယ္။ အရွင္ဂမၻီရ အေနနဲ႔ မႏၱေလးေထာင္တြင္းမွာ ဘာေၾကာင့္ အစာငတ္ခံ ဆႏၵျပေနတာလဲ။ ဘယ္ေန႔ကစၿပီး အစာငတ္ခံဆႏၵျပခဲ့တာလဲ ဆိုတာကို သိရေအာင္လို႔ အရွင္ဂမၻီရ ရဲ႕ အစ္မျဖစ္သူကို ေမးၾကည့္ေတာ့ –

“ဘယ္ေန႔ကလဲဆုိေတာ့ ၁၃ ရက္ေန႔ကလို႔ေတာ့ ေျပာတယ္။ ဒီေန႔ ၁၇ ရက္ ဆိုေတာ့ ၄ ရက္ေတာ့ ရွိၿပီေပါ့။”

ဘာအေၾကာင္းေၾကာင့္ သူ ဆႏၵျပတာလဲရွင္။ –

“အဲဒါ အေမနဲ႔ေတြ႔မွ သိရမွာပါ။ ဘာအေၾကာင္းေၾကာင့္ဆိုတာ ေမးေတာ့ေမးတယ္။ မသိဘူးတဲ့ ေမးၾကည့္ေတာ့လည္း ေျပာတယ္ေလ။ အယ္ မိသားစု နဲ႔မေတြ႔ရတာလား၊ အဲဒါကလည္း တေၾကာင္းေတာ့ ပါမယ္ထင္တယ္။ အဲဒီထက္ ႀကီးတဲ့ဟာလည္း ရွိလိမ့္မယ္လို႔ေတာ့ ထင္တာပဲ။”

ေထာင္၀င္စာေတြေရာ ေတြ႔ခြင့္ရွိလား အစ္မ။ –

“၂ ပတ္ရွိၿပီ။ မေတြ႔ရတာ။ ေထာင္၀င္စာလည္း မေတြ႔ရဘူး။ ပါဆယ္လည္း မေပးရဘူး။”

သူ႔ရဲ႕ က်န္းမာေရး အေျခအေနေရာ ဘယ္လိုရွိလဲရွင့္။ –

“အခု ဘယ္လိုရွိလဲ ဆိုေတာ့ အိပ္ယာထဲမွာ လဲေနတယ္တဲ့။ ေရေတာင္မွ မေသာက္ဘူး။ ေရလည္း မခ်ိဳးဘူး။ ဘာဆိုဘာမွမစားဘူး ဆုိေတာ့ ေတာ္ေတာ္ေတာ့ စိတ္ပူေနတယ္။ အေျခအေနလည္း ဆုိးေနတယ္လို႔ေတာ့ ေျပာတယ္။”

ေထာင္၀င္စာ သြားေတြ႔ေတာအရွင္ဂမၻီရ ရဲ႕ မယ္ေတာ္ပဲ သြားေတြ႔တာလားရွင္။ –

“ပထမဆံုး ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၂၄ ရက္ေန႔ ေတြ႔ရတုန္းကေတာ့ အေဖ နဲ႔ အေမ သြားတာေလ။ အဲဒီတုန္းက တေခါက္ ေတြ႔ခဲ့ရတယ္။ အဲဒါၿပီးေတာ့ ေနာက္ ၂ ပတ္မွာ ေမာင္ေလးနဲ႔အေမ နဲ႔သြားတာေပါ့။ အဲဒါ မေတြ႔ရဘူး။ ၁၄ ရက္ေန႔ကေပါ့။ သူက ဗုဒၶဟူး တရက္ပဲ ေတြ႔လို႔ရတာေလ။ အခက္အခဲ ရွိတာေပါ့။ ေငြေၾကး အခက္အခဲဆို ဒီလို သြားဖို႔လာဖို႔အတြက္ ေတာ္ေတာ္ စုယူရတယ္။ အလုပ္ေတြကလည္း အရင္ ဆိုင္ကယ္ ၀က္ေရွာ့ ရွိတာနဲ႔ ကုန္စံုဆုိင္ကလည္း သူတို႔ ပိတ္ပစ္တယ္ေလ။ ပိတ္ပစ္တယ္ ဆုိတာက လူေတြမလာရဲေအာင္ ပိတ္တာေပါ့။ ဗံုးေတြ အလံုး ၅၀ ရွိတယ္တို႔၊ လက္နက္ေတြ ေတြ႔တယ္တို႔ ဆိုေတာ့ လူေတြက မလာရဲၾကေတာ့ဘူး။ အဲဒီေတာ့ လံုးလံုး ပိတ္ပစ္ရတယ္။ အဲဒီလို ေန႔စဥ္၀င္ေငြလည္း မရွိ၊ ဘာ ၀င္ေငြ မွလည္း မရွိတဲ့အခါက်ေတာ့ ဦးပဥၹင္းကို အပတ္စဥ္ ကူဖို႔ဆိုတာ ေတာ္ေတာ္ႀကီးကို ခဲယဥ္းပါတယ္။ ေတာ္ေတာ္ ႀကိဳးစားရတယ္။”

ဒါကေတာ့ မႏၱေလးအက်ဥ္းေထာင္တြင္းမွာ ႏွစ္ရွည္ ေထာင္ဒဏ္က်ခံေနရတဲ့ သံဃာလႈပ္ရွားမႈ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ အရွင္ဂမၻီရ အစာငတ္ခံဆႏၵျပေနတဲ့အေျခအေနနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အစ္မျဖစ္သူက ေျပာျပခဲ့တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

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တနလၤာေန႔၊ ဇန္နဝါရီလ 19 2009 17:54 – ျမန္မာစံေတာ္ခ်ိန္

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ခ်င္းမုိင္ (မဇၥ်ိမ)။ ။ ေရႊ၀ါေရာင္ လႈပ္ရွားမႈတြင္ ဆုေတာင္းေမတၱာပို႔ရာ၌ ဦးေဆာင္ ဆရာေတာ္တပါးျဖစ္သူ အရွင္ဂမၻီရသည္ မႏၱေလးၿမိဳ႕ အိုးဘိုေထာင္အတြင္း အစာငတ္ခံဆႏၵျပေနေၾကာင္း ေထာင္ႏွင့္နီးစပ္သူ မႏၱေလးၿမိဳ႕ခံမ်ားအေျပာအရ သိရသည္။

ဆရာေတာ္အား ရန္ကုန္ၿမိဳ႕ အင္းစိန္ေထာင္မွ စစ္ကိုင္းတိုင္း ခႏၱီးေထာင္သို႔ ေျပာင္းေ႐ႊ႕ရန္ အမိန္႔ထုတ္ၿပီး ျဖစ္ေသာ္လည္း မႏၱေလးေထာင္တြင္ လက္ရွိ ခ်ဳပ္ေႏွာင္ထားစဥ္ လြန္ခဲ့သည့္ ရက္သတၱပတ္မွ စတင္၍ ဆႏၵျပလာျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

“အရွင္ဂမၻီရက ဒီလ ၁၃ ရက္ေန႔ကေနတဲ့၊ အစာငတ္ခံ ဆႏၵျပေနတယ္တဲ့။ ဒီေန႔နဲ႔ဆို ၇ ရက္ ရွိသြားၿပီေပါ့။ အဲဒါက ေသခ်ာပါတယ္” ဟု ေထာင္ႏွင့္နီးစပ္သူ မႏၱေလးၿမိဳ႕ခံတဦးက မဇၥ်ိမကို ေျပာသည္။

သို႔ေသာ္လည္း သူက မည္သို႔သိရွိရသည္ကိုမူ လံုၿခံဳေရးအရ ေျပာဆိုရန္ ျငင္းဆိုသည္။

အိုးဘိုေထာင္ရွိ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ားအား ႏွစ္ပတ္တႀကိမ္ ဗုဒၶဟူးေန႔တိုင္း ေတြ႔ဆံုခြင့္ရသျဖင့္ အရွင္ဂမၻီရ၏ မိသားစုက ဆရာေတာ္ကို ႏွစ္ႀကိမ္မွ် ေတြ႔ခြင့္ရခဲ့ၿပီး၊ ပစၥည္းမ်ား လွဴဒါန္းခြင့္ရခဲ့သည္။ သို႔ေသာ္ ယခုလ ၁၄ ရက္ေန႔တြင္မူ မိသားစုက ေထာင္၀င္စာ သြားေတြ႔ခဲ့ရာ၊ လူခ်င္း ေတြ႔ခြင့္မရသည့္အျပင္ ပစၥည္းလည္း ေပးသြင္းလွဴဒါန္းခြင့္ မရခဲ့ေပ။

အျခားမႏၱေလးၿမိဳ႕ခံတဦးက ” ၿပီးခဲ့တဲ့ ဗုဒၶဟူးေန႔က ေထာင္၀င္စာ လာေတြ႔တယ္ေလ။ အဲဒါ မေတြ႔ရဘူး။ ျပန္သြားရတယ္။ ဘာ့ေၾကာင့္လဲ ဆိုတာကိုလည္း အာဏာပိုင္အဖြဲ႔အစည္းေတြက မေျပာဘူးေပါ့ေနာ္။ ေနာက္အပတ္မွ လာခဲ့ပါတဲ့။ အဲဒီလိုပဲ ေျပာလိုက္တယ္။ သူ႔အေမဆိုလည္း ‘တခုခုေတာ့ျဖစ္ၿပီနဲ႔ တူတယ္ဆိုၿပီး ထင့္ေနတယ္’ လို႔ ေျပာသြားတယ္တဲ့။ ‘က်န္တဲ့သူေတြက်ေတာ့ ေတြ႔ရတယ္’ တဲ့၊ ‘ငါ့သားတေယာက္ထဲ မေတြ႔ရတာ’ တဲ့။ အဲလိုေလး ေျပာရွာတယ္၊ သိလား” ဟု ေျပာသည္။

အိုးဘိုေထာင္ အသိုင္းအ၀ိုင္းႏွင့္ နီးစပ္သူ ၿမိဳ႕ခံမ်ားက ယခုလို ေျပာဆိုေသာ္လည္း မဇၥ်ိမအေနျဖင့္ သီးျခား အတည္ျပဳႏုိင္ျခင္း မရွိေသးပါ။

ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ ႏို၀င္ဘာလ ၁၉ ရက္ေန႔က ဆရာေတာ္အား အင္းစိန္ေထာင္တြင္း၌ ၾကည့္ျမင္တိုင္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ တရားရံုးက သာသနာညိႇဳးႏြမ္းေစသည့္ ျပစ္မႈႏွင့္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္ ၿငိမ္၀ပ္ပိျပားမႈကို ေႏွာင့္ယွက္မႈ အပါအ၀င္ အမႈတဲြ ၃ မႈျဖင့္ ေထာင္ဒဏ္ ၁၂ ႏွစ္ စတင္ခ်မွတ္ခဲ့သည္။

ထိုလ ၂၁ ရက္ေန႔တြင္မူ ရန္ကုန္တုိင္း ကမာရြတ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္က စြဲဆိုထားသည့္ မႈခင္းပုဒ္မ ၉ ခု၊ အလံုၿမိဳ႕နယ္က စြဲဆိုထားေသာ ပုဒ္မ ၄ ခုတို႔ျဖင့္ ထပ္တိုးေထာင္ဒဏ္ ၅၆ ႏွစ္ျဖင့္ စုစုေပါင္း ၆၈ ႏွစ္ ခ်မွတ္ထားရသည္။

ေနာက္ထပ္ ၁၀ ရက္အၾကာတြင္ စစ္ကုိင္းတိုင္း ခႏီၱးၿမဳိ႕ အက်ဥ္းေထာင္သို႔ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕လိုက္ၿပီးေနာက္ မႏၱေလး အိုးဘိုေထာင္တြင္ ေခတၱထားရွိစဥ္ ယခုလို အစာငတ္ခံ ဆႏၵျပသည့္သတင္း ေပၚထြက္လာျခင္းလည္း ျဖစ္သည္။

အသက္ ၂၉ ႏွစ္အရြယ္၌ ဓမၼာစရိယတန္း စာ၀ါလိုက္ေနရင္း ႏိုင္ငံေရးတြင္ စိတ္ပါ၀င္စားခဲ့သည့္ ဆရာေတာ္ဂမၻီရသည္ ၂၀၀၇ ခုႏွစ္ စက္တင္ဘာလက ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့သည့္ ေရႊ၀ါေရာင္ ေတာ္လွန္ေရးဟု အမည္တြင္ခဲ့ေသာ သံဃာ-လူထုလႈပ္ရွားမႈႀကီးတြင္ ဦးေဆာင္သည့္ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံလံုးဆုိင္ရာ သံဃတပ္ေပါင္းစုအဖဲြ႔ႀကီး၏ ဦးေဆာင္ ဆရာေတာ္တပါး ျဖစ္ခဲ့သည္။

ဆရာေတာ္သည္ ေရႊ၀ါေရာင္အၿပီး အာဏာပိုင္မ်ား၏ ဖမ္းဆီးမႈမ်ားမွ တိမ္းေရွာင္ေနရင္း၊ မႏၱေလးတုိင္း စဥ့္ကိုင္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္တြင္ ၂ဝဝ၇ ခုႏွစ္ ႏုိဝင္ဘာလ ၄ ရက္ေန႔က အာဏာပိုင္တို႔၏ ဖမ္းဆီးမႈကို ခံခဲ့ရျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

အရွင္ဂမၻီရကဲ့သို႔ မိသားစုႏွင့္ ေတြ႔ခြင့္မရသည့္ ေနာက္ထပ္ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားတဦးမွာ ေကာ့ေသာင္းေထာင္သို႔ ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ခံခဲ့ရေသာ ၈၈ မ်ဳိးဆက္ ေက်ာင္းသားေခါင္းေဆာင္တဦးျဖစ္သူ ကိုၿပံဳးခ်ဳိ ျဖစ္သည္။

ေထာင္၀င္စင္သြားေတြ႔ရာမွ ရန္ကုန္ျပန္ေရာက္ေနၿပီျဖစ္ေသာ ကိုၿပံဳးခ်ဳိ၏ ဖခင္ ဦး၀င္းေမာင္က “ညက ၁ နာရီေလာက္က ျပန္ေရာက္တယ္။ မေတြ႔ခဲ့ရဘူး။ ဘာမွ တိတိက်က်မေျပာဘဲ၊ အထက္အမိန္႔အရလို႔ပဲ ေျပာတယ္။ က်ေနာ္တို႔က ‘တကယ္လို႔ လကုန္ရင္ ေတြ႔ခြင့္ရမယ္ဆိုရင္ လကုန္အထိေနမယ္ေပါ့’ ေနာ္။ ေမးၾကည့္ေတာ့ အဲဒါလည္း သူတို႔ အာမ မခံႏိုင္ဘူးတဲ့။ အထက္က ၫႊန္ၾကားတဲ့အတိုင္း လုပ္ရမွာပဲတဲ့။ အားေတာ့ နာပါတယ္တဲ့။ က်ေနာ္တို႔လည္း မတတ္ႏိုင္လို႔ပါတဲ့” ဟု မဇၥ်ိမကို ေျပာသည္။

ကိုၿပံဳးခ်ဳိအား ဇနီးျဖစ္သူက ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ ဒီဇင္ဘာလဆန္းပိုင္းက ေနာက္ဆံုးအႀကိမ္ ေတြ႔ဆံုခြင့္ရခဲ့ရာ၊ ထိုစဥ္က ေသြးေပါင္တက္ျခင္းမွလြဲ၍ က်န္းမာေရးအေျခအေနမွာ ဆိုးဆိုရြား႐ြား မရွိေၾကာင္းႏွင့္ ေထာင္တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ားကလည္း ေထာင္ဆရာ၀န္မ်ားမွတဆင့္ ေဆးတိုက္ေကြ်းေၾကာင္း ဦး၀င္းေမာင္က ေျပာသည္။

သူက “ေဆးေတြဘာေတြ တိုက္တယ္လို႔ေတာ့ ေျပာတာပဲ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ၿပီးခဲ့တဲ့အခ်ိန္တုန္းက ရာသီဥတုက သိပ္မေအးေသးဘူးေလ။ က်ေနာ္သြားတဲ့ အခ်ိန္ကေတာ့ ေတာ္ေတာ္ကို ေအးေနတယ္။ ေလကလည္း ၂၄ နာရီ တိုက္ေနတယ္။ ၿပီးခဲ့တဲ့ အေခါက္သြားကတည္းက လိုမယ္ထင္ၿပီး အေႏြးထည္ေတြ၊ ေစာင္ေတြ ေပးခဲ့တယ္။ အာဏာပိုင္ေတြက လက္ခံထားလိုက္တယ္ေလ။ အခုတေခါက္လည္း ပစၥည္းေပးလို႔ ရပါတယ္။ ေထာင္အာဏာပိုင္ေတြကလည္း ေျပာတယ္။ လူခ်င္း ေပးမေတြ႔ႏိုင္တာေတာ့ သူတို႔ကို ခြင့္လႊတ္ပါတဲ့။ ပစၥည္းကိုေတာ့ က်ေနာ္တို႔ အကုန္ေရာက္ေအာင္ ပို႔ေပးပါမယ္တဲ့” ဟု ေျပာသည္။

ယခုရက္မ်ားအတြင္း၌ နအဖ စစ္အစိုးရက နယ္ေထာင္မ်ားရွိ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ားကို မိသားစုႏွင့္ ေတြ႔ခြင့္မေပးေၾကာင္း သတင္းမ်ား ထြက္ေပၚေနသည္။

ဦး၀င္းေမာင္သည္ သားျဖစ္သူ ကိုၿပံဳးခ်ဳိအား ေတြ႔ႏိုင္ရန္ ရန္ကုန္မွ ေကာ့ေသာင္းသို႔ ယခုလ ၈ ရက္ေန႔က ထြက္သြားခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

လမ္း၌ ကိုကိုကြ်န္းႏွင့္ ၿမိတ္ၿမိဳ႕တြင္ ၂ ရက္စီ ေနထိုင္ခဲ့ကာ၊ ၿမိတ္ႏွင့္ ထား၀ယ္ ေရာက္စဥ္က နယ္ေထာင္၀င္စာမ်ား ပိတ္သည္ကို ၾကားရေသာ္လည္း အျခားေနရာမ်ားႏွင့္ ကြဲျပားမႈရွိႏိုင္မည္လားဆိုသည့္ ေမွ်ာ္လင့္ခ်က္ျဖင့္ ေကာ့ေသာင္းအထိ သြားခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

ဦး၀င္းေမာင္က “စိတ္ထဲမွာကေတာ့ မေကာင္းဘူးေပါ့ေလ။ စိတ္ကေတာ့ မခ်ဘူး။ သူတို႔ဘယ္ေလာက္ပဲ ေနေကာင္းတယ္ ေျပာေျပာ၊ မ်က္ႏွာခ်င္းဆိုင္ မေတြ႔ရဘဲနဲ႔ သူ ေနေကာင္းတယ္ဆိုတာကို က်ေနာ္ လက္ခံရဖို႔ကေတာ့ သိပ္မလြယ္ဘူး ျဖစ္ေနတယ္။ ရာသီဥတု အေျခအေန အေျပာင္းအလဲရွိတယ္။ သူ႔ရဲ႕ အင္အားခ်ဳိ႕တဲ့မႈ၊ တိုးတက္မႈ၊ စိတ္ေနစိတ္ထားေတြ က်ေနာ္တို႔က ေတြ႔မွပဲ သိလို႔ရမွာေပါ့။ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကေတာ့ ဒီလိုအေျခအေနမ်ဳိး ေနာက္ထပ္မျဖစ္ပါေစနဲ႔လို႔၊ တတ္ႏိုင္ရင္ က်ေနာ္တို႔ကို အျမန္ဆံုးေတြ႔ခြင့္ျပဳဖို႔ပဲ သူတို႔ (ေထာင္အာဏာပိုင္မ်ား) ကိုလည္း ေတာင္းဆိုခဲ့ပါတယ္” ဟု ေျပာသည္။

http://www.mizzimaburmese.com/news/inside-burma/2285-2009-01-19-11-38-49.html

Leading Saffron Revolution monk on hunger strike

by Ko Wild

Monday, 19 January 2009 23:58

Mizzima

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Residents in Mandalay who have close contact with Mandalay’s Obo prison say that Ashin Gambira, a leading monk during the Saffron Revolution, is on hunger strike.

He is reportedly staging a hunger strike in Mandalay’s Obo prison while waiting to be transferred to Khamti prison in Sagaing Division, following a transfer order from higher authorities.

“Ashin Gambira, it is sure, has been on hunger strike since the 13th of this month. Now it’s been seven days,” a resident from Mandalay who has close contact with the prison told Mizzima.

However, for security reasons, the resident declined to reveal his source inside the prison.

Additionally, all political prisoners were previously allowed to fortnightly meet with family members. And family members of Ashin Gambira had met with him twice and were able to give him parcels. But on the 14th of this month, family members could neither meet with nor give parcels to the detained monk.

“They came last Wednesday to meet him but could not meet him or give him a parcel. The authorities didn’t give any reason for their denial, just saying to come next Wednesday. That’s all. His mother, worrying about her son, said, ‘Something might happen to my son, all others except my son are allowed to meet their loved ones’,” according to a resident from Mandalay.

However, despite the insistence of local residents who have close contacts with Obo prison, Mizzima has not yet been able to verify the news of the hunger strike with independent sources.

On the 19th of November last year, the Kemmendine Township court heard Ashin Gambira’s case inside Insein prison and gave him a 12 year prison term for three offences, including ‘insulting religion’ and ‘committing a crime against public tranquility’.

Then, two days later, the Kamayut and Ahlone Township courts handed down judgment on a total of 13 additional cases against him, eventually bringing his sentencing to a total of 68 years in detention.

Ashin Gambira (29) joined September 2007’s Saffron Revolution as one of the leading monks while pursuing his ‘Dhamasaria’ religious studies.

After the Saffron Revolution he was on the run from arrest for over a month before finally being apprehended on the 4th of November 2007 in Singai Township, Mandalay Division.

In addition to Ashin Gambira, another political prisoner recently denied a meeting with family members is 88 generation student Ko Pyone Cho.

Ko Pyone Cho’s father, U Win Maung, who has just returned from attempting to visit his son, said, “I arrived back here at about one a.m. last night. I could not meet my son. The authorities didn’t give any clear reason. They just said it was by order of higher authority. When I asked if I could meet him at the end of this month, saying I would wait until that time, they replied that they could not make any guarantee. They said they must act in accordance with the order given by their higher authority. They also said they felt sorry, but could not do anything.”

Ko Pyone Cho’s wife was in the beginning of December allowed to meet with her detained husband. At that time, his health condition was good except for high blood pressure, and prison authorities gave him medicine as prescribed by the prison doctor, said U Win Maung.

He said “he got medicine. At that time, the weather was not yet so cold. Now, when I visited there, it’s getting cold. Cold wind is blowing 24 hours a day. We gave warm clothes and blankets to prison authorities for my son when we visited him last time. We could give a parcel to him this time too through the prison authorities, but we could not meet him. The prison authorities apologized, but assured us they will give all the stuff left with them to my son,” explained Ko Pyone Cho’s father.

U Win Maung left Rangoon to meet his son on the 8th of this month.

He spent two days each in Mergui and Tavoy on the way to Kawthaung. Though on the way, he heard that authorities had barred political prisoners from meeting with family members, with a grim hoped that he might be allowed to meet his son, he proceeded to Kawthaung.

“I felt sorry and am still worrying about him. Though they said he is in good health, I cannot accept this good news without meeting my son myself. The weather is changing. I can only speak of the condition of his health, his progress and his morale when I can see him in person myself. I hope I will not experience this same situation again next time. I demanded they [prison authorities] let us meet with my son at the earliest possible time,” U Win Maung said.

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/1573-leading-saffron-revolution-monk-on-hunger-strike-.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

World focus on Burma (20 January 2009)

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Ask yourself: What can I do?
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A Message to President Obama
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Looking back, looking ahead: Press Freedom in Southeast Asia
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Even without the chaos and violence attendant to electoral exercises in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma, …

Burma 101 for Obama; Three quarters rights in military …
Mizzima.com, India –
During the 2008 terrible Cyclone Nargis in Burma, the Burmese military leaders ignored international pleas to let in rescuers for over a month. …

King’s Anti-Imperialism and the Challenge for Obama
Joy Online, Ghana –
… along with Burma (Myanmar), what is now Malaysia, Australia, some part of China, and large swaths of Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Gambia, Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe, …

Tribute to Black’s civil rights legacy is due
San Antonio Express, TX –
Black’s fellow honorees this year are Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi — who, under house arrest in Burma, was also unable to attend —Sen. …

‘So far, so bad,’ But Nothing is Permanent
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… one fundamental resolution to work for: The release of more than 2000 political prisoners, including detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Australia says 2 fishermen rescued; report 18 lost
International Herald Tribune, France –
23 with a total of 20 crew from Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. Jiggins said the men found refuge atop an insulated box that held ice on …

Two Burmese survive month at sea in an ice box
Reuters UK, UK –
By Rob Taylor CANBERRA (Reuters) – Two Myanmar fishermen have survived for almost a month in shark-infested waters by floating in a large ice box after …

Pres. Bush Uses Authority to Alter Burmese JADE Act
Diamonds.net, NY – 1 hour ago
President George W. Bush waived some provisions in the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act against Myanmar on January 15, less than one week before leaving …

Asia’s Economic Freedom Needs to Improve
PitchEngine (press release), WY –
Meanwhile, Bhutan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Bangladesh and Burma were ranked amongst …

Burmese fishermen drift for 25 days in icebox
Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The two Burmese men were saved after drifting hundreds of miles in the red box when crew members patrolling in a Coastwatch aeroplane on Saturday saw them …

Detained Chinese Christian Activist In Life Danger
BosNewsLife, Hungary –
At some point during his travels Peng was lured into neighboring Burma, also known as Myanmar, where he was kidnapped at gunpoint by eight Chinese special …

Sundance Dispatch: Down the Rat Hole of Reality
New York Times, United States –
Up there, posters on the wall promoted the likes of “Boy Interrupted,” a documentary about death and mental illness, and “Burma VJ,” about a Burmese …

Men Rescued After Drifting at Sea for 25 Days in Icebox
FOXNews –
… they will confirm their identities within the next few days. The rest of the ship’s crew — 11 other Burmese men and seven Thai men — have not been found.

Zachary Michaelson Seeks to Raise Awareness of Burma
PRLog.Org (press release), Romania –
… has announced his intention to launch an awareness campaign to further expose the plight of religious and ethnic minority groups in Burma (Myanmar). …

Shipwreck victims spend 25 days drifting in an icebox
Gadling, CA –
by Scott Carmichael Jan 19th 2009 @ 12:30PM After losing their wooden fishing boat off the coast of Indonesia, these 2 Burmese men grabbed the only thing …

Clashes between SSA (South) and Burmese Army
Mizzima.com, India –
SSA(S) forces clashed with the junta’s IB 64 and LIB 513 between January 12 and 15 in Panglong, Hopone, Mongkeung townships in Taungyi District, Shan State. …

Suu Kyi honored with ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ award
Mizzima.com, India –
by Solomon New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on Sunday named winner of the ‘Trumpet of Conscience’ award for …

More checkpoints in Rangoon
Mizzima.com, India –
by Phanida Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese military junta authorities have beefed up security in Rangoon by setting up many checkpoints at busy …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 20, 2009 at 12:05 am