Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Burma Crisis Update
At least 14 democracy activists, including three Generation 88 student leaders, who participated in the 2007 protests were sentenced to 65-year prison terms.
A young blogger, who was responsible for getting the truth out to the world during the uprising, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
No one should go to prison for advocating democracy in their own country, no one should go to prison for practicing free speech on the Internet -- not even for one year, not even for one moment. The cruel sentences meted out to these brave dissidents prove that the Burmese thugocracy has no intention whatsoever of loosening its grip or changing its ways. [Excerpted from Words of Power blog].
Imagine: 20 years in prison just for writing on a blog. And 65 years for advocating democracy.
What a brutal regime.
(One day you'll be free, Suu Kyi.)