On ConservativeHome last week Ben Rogers highlighted the demonstrations in Burma against rising fuel prices. BBC and Voice of America have the latest on the Rangoon dictatorship’s attempts to crack down on peaceful protests. Shadow Foreign Secretary has now intervened with the following statement:
“We welcome the statement last week by the Foreign Office Minister Meg Munn, but we believe a more proactive response is required. Burma’s military regime has shown what it is capable of numerous times. It is guilty of crimes against humanity and extreme brutality. A wait-and-see approach is completely inadequate and by failing to act, we may be sleepwalking into another massacre. We must increase pressure on the regime through the UN Security Council and the European Union, and urge China, India and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to use their influence to stop the crackdown.
We salute the incredible courage of the Burmese people who continue to risk assault, arrest, torture and even death in some of the biggest demonstrations in Burma in a decade. We call for the immediate release of all those who have been arrested.
We are deeply concerned by reports of a military build up in Rangoon, and the violent attacks by police and pro-junta mobs on peaceful demonstrators. We are also extremely troubled by reports that some of those arrested may be charged with disrupting the stability of the state, a crime which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. We know that the regime uses some of the most brutal forms of torture in Burma’s prisons and we are therefore very concerned for those who have been arrested.”