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Zarganar, Hold on, We Know You Are Alive: Comedian of Burma Jailed for 45 Years

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January 3rd, 2009
By DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Assistant Editor, TMV Columnist

Writing today about Kathy Griffin and other comedians in the USA, I thought for the millionth time about dear Zarganar; the great comedic heart of Burma who just two months ago was insanely punished by the bloated multi-millionaire dictator of Burma, Than Shwe…

Than Shwe, surely the lost twin brother of Mugabe in Zimbabwe… Than Shwe, the walking talking roasted pig with his rotten teeth stuffed with diamonds from loot taken from his organized cocaine trade …

Than Shwe, it is said, was spiritually eaten by demons via his withholding of foreign aid, medical supplied, rice, water and doctors from the suffering Burmese whom he purposely injured in the Aug 2007 uprising of Buddhist monks and nuns…

and attacked relentlessly by demons again when he, Than Shwe, the walking corpulent corpse denied foreign aid again, denied doctors entry to treat the victims of the Nargis cyclone in 2008 that killed over 100,000 tribal and city Burmese and injured millions more.

And now Than Shwe in another of his Jabba the Hutless excesses, sentences a mere comic soul to 45 years in prison. Zarganar is 47 years old. Oh how great Than Shwe must be the power of the comedic to bring you down, how weak you must be to fear such a mere comic soul.

Could it be Than Shwe, that so fraught is your clawing lust for power, so malignantly filled with dukka is your mind, so bent you are on consigning yourself to everlasting vajra hell, that you have to silence one who makes others laugh?

Little Zarganar was found to have violated a mockery of justice written at Than Shwe’s behest… “the Electronics Act,” which regulates electronic communications in Burma… essentially bleating that no one is allowed to say anything to disparage the demonic infestations of Than Shwe.

Round, diminutive Zarganar was detained earlier in 2008 for criticising the government’s slow response to Cyclone Nargis. More than 100 activists who rose to prod the government and to deliver mercy to the Burmese, have been sentenced over the past 8 weeks in what amounts to a suspension of Burma’s pro-democracy movement.

“Zarganar led a group of entertainers who organised private aid deliveries to victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit in May 08. An outspoken satirist of the military government, Zarganar had already been arrested and jailed four times before he was forced from his home again by the authorities in June 2008.”

The gentle but sharp witted Zarganar had said just prior to Than Shwe’s flying monkeys coming to arrest him: “No, we never encounter any problems, because we negotiated with [soldiers], and we just want to pass [out] our donation parcels. We just want to encourage our people. This is our duty.”

And Zarganar, through various groups outside Burma, including Amnesty International and PEN, the writers’ group that supports imprisoned artists and petitions for their release, we have a duty too… to not forget you.

Also convicted along with comedian Zarganar, are key members of the so-called ‘88 Generation of activists,’ all sentenced to 65 years… and a total of 68 years imprisonment was brought down against Ashin Gambira, leader of the monks’ alliance that led last year’s anti-government uprising.

I know Kathy Griffin would know just what to say about all this.
All free comedians throughout the world would know just what to say about Than Shwe.
I hope, for Zarganar’s sake, they will say it. Than Shwe needs MORE, not less, comedians on his case. Relentlessly. Publicly.

Comedians have ever been one of the few cultural groups strong enough, equipped enough with the weaponry of wit, to consistently speak truth to lies.

Semper fi.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

January 4, 2009 at 1:22 am

World focus on Burma (3 December 2008)

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ExWeb interview with Scott Mortensen, final: “Freedom of …
Mounteverest, NY –
But even though the situation was stifling it wasn’t oppressive. I would reserve that word for places like Burma, Darfur, and Iran. …

Barack Obama trimmings on President Bush’s Christmas tree
CNN Political Ticker –
The first lady also opened up about her service to the plight of women in Burma and Myanmar and how she plans to continue her work after her husband’s …

Corrupt clerk yet to be punished
Mizzima.com, India –
He added that so far the accused has not been prosecuted nor tried in any court. “All investigations were done by the Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) …

Burma’s jailed hip hop singers shifted to remote prisons
Mizzima.com, India –
Zeya Thaw, (27), who was sentenced to six years in prison in November, was transferred from Rangoon’s Insein prison to Kawthaung prison in Burma’s southern …

Burmese comedian & blogger nominated for RSF award
Mizzima.com, India –
… freedom of information. “Both are listed among the nominees because despite suppression they have managed to provide information to both people in Burma …

Ex-presidents, premiers urge UN chief to intervene in Myanmar
AFP –

“This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Mandalay NLD members’ appeal denied
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
Dec 3, 2008 (DVB)–Mandalay divisional court yesterday summarily rejected the appeal of six Mandalay National League for Democracy members including …

MYANMAR-THAILAND: Cyclone migrants face challenges
IRINnews.org, NY –
Local aid workers told IRIN that while Cyclone Nargis boosted the flow of Burmese through the town, they were only a small proportion of the tens of …

Will Ferrell Launches Human Rights Awareness Month
Look To The Stars, UK –
… woman called Aung San Suu Kyi, ” said Ferrell. “She sacrificed her freedom to lead a non-violent protest movement against oppression in Burma. …

Hip-hop Star Banished to Remote Prison
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… Burma by the end of this year and called for renewed efforts to secure the release of all political prisoners, including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Grandfather’s torture by the British must have influenced Obama’s …
guardian.co.uk, UK –
Grandfather Obama’s widow, Sarah, 87, is still alive and was able to recall how her husband had served with the British army in Burma in the second world …

Ins and outs of a China courtship
Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
More recently, Beijing provided over $10 million to the government of Burma to assist regional reconstruction in areas that were devastated by Cyclone …

Burmese PM Says Jobs Aplenty for Returnees
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
Last year, Thailand alone paid the Burmese junta at least US $2.5 million for natural gas. Since October, however, the price of oil and natural gas has …

Former world leaders urge Ban to visit Burma
Mizzima.com, India –
by Salai Pi Pi New Delhi (Mizzima) – More than 100 former state leaders of several nations have called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit Burma …

Annual general meeting 2008: DLR presents its research of the past …
German Aerospace Centre, Germany –
On 2 May 2008, tropical cyclone ‘Nargis’ swept over Myanmar (Burma) and left behind a path of destruction. Official reports noted a death toll of more than …

Local WWII veterans get together, recall wartime experience
Reno Gazette Journal, NV –
After a roundabout trip more than halfway around the world, Downar arrived at an air base in Burma (now called Myanmar). He received the Distinguished …

STANDFast for Darfur
Tufts Daily, MA –
Four months ago, the International Criminal Court demanded an arrest warrant for Bashir on 10 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in …

Reuters Southeast Asia News Highlights 0900 GMT Dec 3
Yahoo, Thailand –
… Ban to carry out a plan he has already floated of visiting the country, also known as Burma, before the end of December for his second trip this year. …

Former Leaders Urge UN to Press Burma on Prisoner Releases
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
“On Myanmar [Burma], no delegation gave any comment. But it is in the footnotes and could be raised anytime during the month of December,” said the UNSC …

Barack Obama’s grandfather ‘tortured by the British’ during …
Mail on Sunday, UK –
Hussein Onyango was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high security prison as the British struggled to quell one of Africa’s bloodiest and most …

UN urged to intervene
Straits Times, Singapore –
‘This is an unprecedented outpouring of global support for the people of Burma (Myanmar), and I am pleased that so many have joined me in spotlighting this …

Work starts at modern memorial site
WalesOnline, United Kingdom –
It is being erected next to the Burma Star memorial at the Gnoll Gates. It pays tributes to those who died in service after 1945 in conflicts such as Korea, …

Bleak Economic Prospects in Store for Thailand
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
… 1 million Burmese workers, legal and illegal, are employed in Thailand, the majority found in occupations labor rights activists describe as the ”three …

More prisoners transferred to remote jails
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
U Gambira was transferred to Sagaing Division’s Khamti prison while his brother Aung Kyaw Kyaw was sent to Shan State’s Taunggyi jail. …

British soldiers beat and tortured Obama’s grandfather
The Times, South Africa –
… that ‘a lot of what see in Obama, was made not in America, but in Kenya’: ‘his political convictions and principled activism’. He may have a point. …

Malaysia. Truly Headache…
Malaysia Today, Malaysia –
Copying the Cruel Junta of the Burmese Regime, Opposition leaders are arrested and detained without rhyme or reason. Taking after the Khmer Rouge, …

Ex-world leaders urge UN’s Ban to go to Myanmar
Reuters India, India –
It said that since June 2007 the number of political prisoners in Myanmar, which has been ruled for more than four decades by the military, …

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loath the British
Times Online, UK –
Mr Onyango served with the British Army in Burma during the Second World War and, like many army veterans, he returned to Africa hoping to win greater …

Problems abroad
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Thailand is thus being put on a par with Burma, whose government was forced to relinquish its chairmanship in 2005 because of its legitimacy crisis. …

The Future of Asia: Whither Nation or State?
Inquirer.net, Philippines –
… and their compatriots then painted the region pink, adding Burma and what they then called Malaya, and Singapore, to their dominions while France’s …

Mia’s Munky business
Eye Weekly, Canada –
“If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should.” Arguing the Pro side with …

China, Burma take steps to strengthen military cooperation
Mizzima.com, India –
… the Burmese regime in the international arena,” said Nyo Ohn Myint, in-charge of Foreign Affairs for the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area. …

people who were there for the Mau Mau revolt
Times Online, UK –
In a sworn statement collected by human rights activists, he details other abuses at Manyani, which he described as “hell on earth”. …

Having answered the call to join the British Army during the Second World War, Barack Obama’s grandfather was among 75000 Kenyans who served in Burma. …

Airport protests a royal pain
Eureka Street, Australia –

Together they co-founded New Mandala, a website that provides ongoing commentary on developments in Thailand, Burma, Laos and Cambodia.

RPF bans export of local rice
E-Pao.net, India –
This figure is exclusive of the rice imported from the neighbouring country of Myanmar, the outfit elaborated. Accusing the Government of India of scheming …

The World This Week: Asian Chronicles
Valley Advocate, MA –
They lived a few blocks from Aung San Suu Kyi, the duly elected president of the country, who has been under house arrest for 20 years. …

‘Asset sale can’t cover for revenue gap’
Business Mirror, Philippines –
Asean groups the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar and Singapore. Members of the East Asia Summit, …

Fire breaks out at Moulmein market
Democratic Voice of Burma, Norway –
“The fire started in the market’s food court and it was quite small at first,” the shop owner said. “But the market security did not allow outsiders to come …

Junta begins dam construction amid protests in Kachin state
Mizzima.com, India –
Burma’s military government, in collaboration with CPI and AWC, plan to construct at least seven dams on the Mali Hka and Nmai Hka Rivers, in addition to …

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December 3, 2008 at 3:06 pm

World focus on Burma (22 November 2008)

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South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu Gets Fulbright Award
Voice of America –
… but that the world’s revulsion for human rights violations in places like Darfur, Burma, Zimbabwe and Gaza shows that evil is not the norm. …


“But it’s a bigger joke on those abroad who still think ignoring repression in Burma will bring positive change,” he said.

Myanmar opposition calls for amnesty on national day
TopNews, India –
The National League for Democracy, Myanmar’s main opposition group, demanded the release all political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi and student …

Burmese comic gets 45 years
Chortle, UK –
… June and seized his computer after he organized a group of around 400 volunteers to provide disaster relief in the areas devastated by Cyclone Nargis. …

HMS Westminster arrives in capital for march
Portsmouth News, UK –
Westminster was also sent to offer help with the humanitarian effort in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. The full article contains 182 words and appears in …

Comedian gets 45 years – criticized Burma junta
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA –
… and 14 members of detained Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party got 2 1/2 years each for calling for her release on her birthday in June, …

Comedian gets 45-year term as Burma punishes activism
Boston Globe, United States –
AP / November 22, 2008 RANGOON, Burma – Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists yesterday, giving a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went …

Burma Eats Its Young
New Yorker, United States –
After Aung San Suu Kyi, these two men are the leaders of Burma’s democracy movement, and a source of intense admiration and inspiration among the young …

Opposition big shots spurn 2010 elections
Shan Herald Agency for News, Thailand –
… the democratic opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi and non-Burman ethnic states, was formed by exiles led by the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe (1939-2004), …

Myanmar Gives Comedian 45-Year Sentence for Cyclone Comments
New York Times, United States –
Those sentenced have included some 70 members of the opposition National League for Democracy, the party of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Nobel …

Rights group says Myanmar judges should be referred to ICC
JURIST –
Despite the September release [JURIST report] of more than 9000 political prisoners, human rights groups estimate that more than 2100 Burmese remain …

Human rights calls
Bangkok Post, Thailand –
Asean governments will be urged next month to call for a Commission of Inquiry on Burma by the UN Human Rights Council. But the new Asean Human Rights Body …

Comedian gets jail for criticizing junta
Washington Times, DC –

AP RANGOON, Burma | Burma’s courts continued a crackdown on activists Friday, handing out a 45-year prison sentence to a comedian who went to the delta to …

Importance of ‘responsibility to protect’ outlined at conference
Irish Times, Ireland –
… invoking the principle – for example, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Burma last spring – had not helped to build wider acceptance of the idea. …

Chinese living longer but wealth gap widening: UN
ABC Online, Australia –
“You’ve also got trafficking of women from even poorer places, for example Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, into these villages in China now to provide wives for …

In short
Irish Times, Ireland –
(Reuters) RANGOON – A hip-hop star in military-ruled Burma has been jailed for six years for being part of a political group, the latest in a string of …

Burma jails comedian for 45 years
Independent, UK –
More than 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, students and members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been convicted in the past two …

Myanmar on US agenda
Straits Times, Singapore –
The United States refers to Myanmar as Burma, the name used before it was changed by the military junta. Mr Marciel’s visit to Japan will take place on Dec …

Tea room pours good cheer
East Valley Tribune, AZ –
“We have sent women to retreats, and we have sent women onto the Navajo Nation, and we have purchased property in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to help build a …

Journalist gets 45 years in prison, others sentenced
CPJ Press Freedom Online, NY –
New York, November 21, 2008–A Burmese court sentenced entertainer and activist Maung Thura–known by his stage name, “Zarganar”–to 45 years in prison …

Magazine Breaks News on Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times, NY –
24 issue, “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest ” by Ethan Gutmann, asks why the world’s media, human rights organizations, and governments are not investigating …

RIGHTS: Landmines Banned, And Still Kill Thousands
Inter Press Service, Italy –
Investigations by Human Rights Watch concluded that at least 16 civilians died as a result of these weapons, which are known to tear limbs off a victim’s …

Burma: Cyclone-hit monasteries in need
Spero News –
By IRIN Scores of monasteries in cyclone-affected Myanmar are in urgent need of repair almost seven months after the category four storm struck. …

PEN Canada Honorary Member and One Humanity Award winner ZARGANA …
Canada NewsWire (press release), Canada –
21 /CNW/ – PEN Canada is appalled by the forty-five year prison sentence handed down today by the Myanmar regime to Burmese poet and comedian Zargana (Maung …

Daily Press Briefing
US Department of State, DC –
Burma will also be discussed. He will travel to Tokyo to consult with Japanese officials regarding human rights, democracy, and other concerns in Burma on …

For Andrew K
The Young Turks, CA –
More than 100 activists have been sentenced over the past two weeks in a judicial crackdown across the spectrum of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. …

Myanmar Junta Jails Comedian for 45 Years
New York Times, United States –
By SHARON OTTERMAN A secret court run by Myanmar’s military leadership sentenced a prominent Burmese comedian and activist to 45 years in prison on Friday, …

Myanmar court hands comedian 45-year prison term
The Associated Press –
… for their jokes about the junta, and several other activists delivered donations of relief supplies to the Cyclone Nargis-shattered Irrawaddy delta. …

Top US Agenda at Asia-Pacific Meeting is the Financial Crisis
NewsBlaze, CA –
Topics of discussion will include follow-up from the G20 meeting; nuclear proliferation challenges from North Korea and Iran; developments in Burma, …

Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and …
Reporters without borders (press release), France –
… trade unions and political activists.” They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. …

Burma: updated top news (6 June 2008)

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BBC News

US military extends aid offer to Myanmar

The Associated Press –

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – The US military has offered Myanmar 22 helicopters that could ferry relief to the majority of hungry and homeless cyclone survivors within three days – but the junta hasn’t responded yet, military officials said Friday.

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Organization heads to Myanmar to aid survivors The Coloradoan

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The Southern Ledger

Myanmar lashes foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports

AFP –

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar on Friday accused foreign media of fabricating “despicable and inhuman” stories about the cyclone, as new delays hampered efforts to reach one million hungry and homeless survivors.

Netherlands pledges two million extra for Myanmar Radio Netherlands

Burma slams foreign media over ‘despicable’ cyclone reports ABC Online

New York TimesXinhuaInternational Herald TribuneelEconomista.es

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Voice of America

The right to food in Myanmar

Radio Netherlands –

by Jamie van Wagtendonk and Dave McGuire More than a month after Cyclone Nargis wreaked destruction throughout Myanmar, survivors and aid workers tasked to rebuild the country are facing a new, perhaps more devastating problem: the country is running …

Saving the children in Myanmar Aljazeera.net

Burmese generals lash foreign media for ‘false’ coverage of … CBC.ca

Radio Australiaguardian.co.ukSalem-News.ComIndependent

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Gulf Times

Cruelty and silence in Burma

Boston Globe –

MORE THAN a million victims of the May 2 cyclone in Burma are still without food, water, shelter, and medicine. Yet the ruling junta refused 15 requests to let the USS Essex and three support ships in the Bay of Bengal deliver aid to uprooted villagers …

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave AFP

US Warships Leave Burma After Aid Efforts Rejected Voice of America

Chicago TribuneNewsdayThe Associated PressChristian News Wire (press release)

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Washington Post

Myanmar attacks media’s cyclone coverage

The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military junta lashed out at its own citizens and foreign media Friday for what it called distorted coverage of the aftermath of a devastating cyclone.
Burma attacks media for cyclone coverage The Age
Myanmar Detains Activist Comedian New York Times
Reuters UKRadio NetherlandsPR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)The Associated Press
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CBC.ca

US offers helicopters to Myanmar as navy ships leave

AFP –

BANGKOK (AFP) – US helicopters and small boats are still ready to help deliver cyclone aid to Myanmar, a US official said Thursday, after the regime rejected US navy ships laden with emergency supplies.

US Warships Leave Burma After Aid Efforts Rejected Voice of America

US Navy aborts aid mission to Myanmar Chicago Tribune

NewsdayThe Associated PressChristian News Wire (press release)Gulf Daily News

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Earthtimes (press release)

Myanmar comedian active in relief effort detained

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military junta has detained a popular comedian who had just returned from an aid trip to the cyclone-ravaged delta, a region where a human rights group said Thursday that the regime is forcing survivors to do menial …

Myanmar arrests activist as US aid ships leave Reuters UK

Prominent activist arrested in Myanmar Radio Netherlands

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)Free Internet PressThe Associated PressPR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

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Voice of America

Amnesty Accuses Burma of Human Rights Abuses Since Cyclone Nargis

Voice of America –

By Ron Corben – Amnesty International says Burma’s military government has been forcibly moving people out of the temporary shelters they moved into after Cyclone Nargis.

Rights group: Myanmar exchanging food for labor The Associated Press

Junta forcing Burma cyclone survivor relocation: Amnesty ABC Online

DigitalJournal.comWLOSReliefWeb (press release)

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Citizen

Southeast Asian team finally enters Myanmar cyclone zone

AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Southeast Asian aid experts flew into Myanmar’s devastated Irrawaddy Delta on Thursday for a mission to assess cyclone damage, but US navy ships sailed away — laden with supplies rejected by the junta.
Int’l aid experts move into Myanmar cyclone zone Xinhua
A month of misery Economist
Thai News Agency MCOTNew Straits TimesAFPAFP
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June 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

Arrest of Burmese comedian Zarganar for helping cyclone victims

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Myanmar detains comedian-critic active in private cyclone relief …

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung), Austria –

Myanmar is often called by its old name, Burma. Restrictions on visa and travel permission for foreign workers, as well as on entry of some equipment, …

Dissenting comic ‘Tweezers’ locked up for jokes

NEWS.com.au, Australia –
In an interview this week, Zarganar said he and more than 400 entertainers in Burma had made many trips to the delta to help victims of Cyclone Nargis,

Myanmar comedian active in relief effort detained

The Associated Press –

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military junta has detained a popular comedian who had just returned from an aid trip to the cyclone-ravaged delta, …

Comedian arrested by Myanmar police

Malaysia Sun, Malaysia –

The man, Zarganar, also known as the country’s best known comedian was arrested at his house in Rangoon. His family say they have no idea why he was …

Top Burmese comedian nabbed

The Times, South Africa –

YANGON – Burma’s most famous comedian, Zaganar, who has been leading deliveries of aid to survivors of Cyclone Nargis, has been arrested at his Yangon home, …

Burmese comedian who brought aid to delta is detained

International Herald Tribune, France –

YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar’s leading comedian, who has been carrying out a private campaign to help the victims of Cyclone Nargis, has been detained by the …

Prominent regime critic and comedian arrested in Myanmar

Monsters and Critics.com –

Bangkok – A popular Myanmar comedian known for his criticism and satire of the country’s military junta and more recently for his relief work among its …

Myanmar arrests activist as US ships leave

Reuters UK, UK –

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar has detained a top activist comedian involved in a private aid effort for cyclone victims, a relative said, …

Zarganar Arrested, Cyclone Relief Money Seized

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, who threw his energies into helping victims of Cyclone Nargis, was arrested at his Rangoon home on …

Top Myanmar comedian, social activist detained

The Associated Press –

His comedy routines are banned for their jokes about the junta that rules Myanmar, also known as Burma. “Burmese people love to laugh. But if I can’t speak, …

Burmese comic arrested

Chortle, UK –

One of Burma’s most popular comedians has been taken from his home and thrown into custody after helping cyclone victims. Zarganar has been an outspoken …

Famous Burmese actor arrested for helping cyclone victims

AsiaNews.it, Italy –

Yangon (AsiaNews) – He brought vital aid to the victims of cyclone Nargis and he spoke with International media denouncing junta corruption in Myanmar, …

Zarganar Arrested, Cyclone Relief Money Seized

The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAW YAN NAING Burma’s best-known comedian, Zarganar, who threw his energies into helping victims of Cyclone Nargis, was arrested at his Rangoon home on

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ဇြန္ ၄၊ ၂၀၀၈

ရန္ကုန္ စံေတာ္ခ်ိန္ ည ၁၁ နာရီက အႏုပညာရွင္ ဇာဂနာ၏ ေနအိမ္ကို အထူးစုံစမ္းေရး၊ ျမိဳ႔နယ္ရပ္ကြက္ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားအပါအ၀င္ ပုဂၢဳိလ္ ၉ ဦး၀င္ေရာက္ျပီး ၄င္းအား စစ္ေဆးေမးျမန္းရန္အတြက္ ေခၚေဆာင္သြားေၾကာင္း သိရွိရပါသည္။

ဇာဂနာ သည္ ႏိုင္ငံေရး အက်ဥ္းသားေဟာင္း၊ စစ္အစိုးရက အႏုပညာလႈပ္ရွားခြင့္မ်ား ပိတ္ပင္ထားေသာ အႏုပညာရွင္၊ ၂၀၀၇ သံဃာအေရးအခင္းတြင္ အဖိႏွိပ္ခံ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ား၊ လူငယ္မ်ားဖက္ ရပ္တည္သူ၊ ၂၀၀၈ ေမ နာဂစ္မုန္တိုင္း ကယ္ဆယ္ေရးလုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို ေစတနာ၀န္ထမ္း ဦးေဆာင္သူ ထင္ရွားသည့္ အႏုပညာရွင္တဦး ျဖစ္သည္။

စစ္အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားက နာဂစ္မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေရး ေစတနာ၀န္ထမ္း လုပ္ကိုင္ေနသူမ်ားကို ၄င္းတို႔ စာနယ္ဇင္းမ်ားကေနျပီး တိုင္းျပည္ အရွက္ႏွင့္ သိကၡာကို ထိန္းသိမ္းၾကရန္၊ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ားကို ေတာင္းရမ္းစားေသာက္သူမ်ားအျဖစ္ ႏိုင္ငံတကာအလည္မွာ မတင္ျပရန္၊ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္က မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေရးကို ေကာင္းမြန္ကၽြမ္းက်င္စြာ ကိုင္တြယ္ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္း စသည္တို႔ျဖင့္ ၀ါဒ ျဖန္႔ေနခဲ့သည္။

ဇာဂနာတို႔၏ ေစတနာ၀န္ထမ္း ကယ္ဆယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရး လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားကို စစ္အုပ္စုက ေနာက္ကြယ္မွေနျပီး နည္းမ်ဳိးစုံျဖင့္ အေႏွာက္အယွက္ေပးေနေၾကာင္း၊ မိတ္ေဆြ အႏုပညာရွင္မ်ားျဖစ္သည့္ အရိုင္း၊ ငွက္ေျပာေၾကာ္တို႔ကို ကူညီေစာင့္ေရွာက္လုပ္ငန္းမ်ားႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္ျပီး ေခၚယူစစ္ေဆးေၾကာင္း၊ အကူအညီအေရာက္နည္းသည့္ ေဒသမ်ားကို သြားေရာက္ႏိုင္ေရးအတြက္ ကုလအဖြဲ႔တခုကို ဇာဂနာက အကူအညီေတာင္းခဲ့ရာတြင္လည္း ၄င္းအဖြဲ႔က စစ္အုပ္စု ျငိဳျငင္မည္ကို စိုးရိမ္ျပီး မိမိတို႔ကို ျငင္းဆိုခဲ့ေၾကာင္း၊ ႏိုင္ငံတကာ၏ တရား၀င္ အကူအညီမ်ား ထိေရာက္စြာ မေရာက္ ရွိေသးေၾကာင္း စသည္ အေတြ႔အၾကဳံႏွင့္ ခံစားခ်က္တို႔ကို ျပည္သူသို႔ လြတ္လပ္ပြင့္လင္းစြာျဖင့္ ဇာဂနာက ေ၀ဖန္ေျပာဆိုခဲ့သည္။

ဇာဂနာဦးေဆာင္သည့္ လူငယ္ႏွင့္ အႏုပညာရွင္မ်ား၊ ေက်ာ္သူ ေရႊဇီးကြက္ ဦးေဆာင္သည့္ နာေရးကူညီမႈ အသင္းၾကီးတို႔ႏွင့္အတူ မုန္တိုင္းကယ္ဆယ္ေရးကို ျမန္မာလူငယ္ ေစတနာရွင္ အစုအဖြဲ႔မ်ားက ေစာလ်င္စြာ ကိုယ့္အားကိုယ္ကိုး ေဆာင္ရြက္ခဲ့ၾကျပီး ဆရာေတာ္မ်ား၊ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ားကလည္း တအပ္တအား ေဆာင္ရြက္ေနၾကခ်ိန္၊ ျမန္မာျပည္တ၀ွမ္း လူထု လူတန္းစား အသီးသီးက ေစတနာ ထက္သန္စြာ လိုက္လံ ၀ိုင္းယံေနၾကခ်ိန္တြင္ စစ္အုပ္စုက ထိုသို႔ ဇာဂနာကို ဖမ္းဆီးျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

ဖမ္းဆီးသူမ်ားက ဇာဂနာ့အိမ္သားမ်ားကို သတင္းဌာနမ်ားသို႔ အေၾကာင္းမၾကားရန္ႏွင့္ ေဆြးေႏြးမႈမ်ား ျပီးဆုံးပါက အျမန္ဆုံး အိမ္ျပန္ပို႔ေပးမည္ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ေျပာၾကားသြားသည္ဟု သိရသည္။

http://moemaka.blogspot.com/2008/06/zarganar-arrested-from-his-home-by.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

June 5, 2008 at 10:09 am