Free Burma Rally

caf 10 October 2007 21

Posters have been appearing around the traps recently promoting a rally under the title “Show your solidarity – Free Burma” – for those interested, it’s on this Saturday, October 13 at 11am in Civic Square. The listed principles are:

* Support the Burmese people’s struggle for democracy.
* Stop the killing.
* Stop the repression.
* Free the political prisoners.

…which all seems very worthy. The organising group is named as “Canberra Network for Democracy in Burma”, about whom the web seems to divulge very little. A clue is in the listed contacts, which are a committee member of the Australia Mon Association, the general number 6247 7844 for UnionsACT (formerly the ACT Trades and Labour Council), and two individuals with no affiliation listed.

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21 Responses to Free Burma Rally
Thumper Thumper 10:22 am 11 Oct 07

You would hope so….

caf caf 10:14 am 11 Oct 07

The situation there goes far beyond the whites being chucked off their farms (some light reading).

I sure hope that the practice of “the left” opposing only rightist regimes and “the right” opposing only leftist regimes has been left back in the cold war era, where it belongs.

Thumper Thumper 10:02 am 11 Oct 07

It’s a interesting issue caf.

if I was cyncial I’d say it’s because the whites are oppressed in zimbabwe.

This is a case where the UN needs to show some spine.

caf caf 9:44 am 11 Oct 07

Yes, I support the MDC in Zimbabwe too. I was wondering about that myself, and perhaps the reason that there haven’t been many similar events about Zimbabwe is the lack of a significant Zimbabwean diaspora presence here? (Recalling the involvment of the Mons in organising the Burma rally).

Thumper Thumper 9:33 am 11 Oct 07

Ah, thats right, Mugabe is not a tyrant, John Howard is.

I’m so ashamed to be Australia….

I wonder how long Rudd can keep a lid on his left?

Thumper Thumper 9:30 am 11 Oct 07

I actually have no problem with protesting against the regime in Burma.

I doubt however that it will make any difference.

I would also like to see protest against the Mugabe government. Will that happen, I doubt it.

caf caf 9:19 am 11 Oct 07

The only hypocrisy would be if “the left” who had opposed military action to enforce regime change in Iraq were advocating the same against Burma.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 9:17 am 11 Oct 07

So an ACT Union is supposed to support overseas workers? How silly of me, its so obvious!

Thumper Thumper 9:13 am 11 Oct 07

Ralph, however, does have a point…

I suggest we just invade Burma, problem solved.

And then invade North Korea, Iran, and why not Rwanda.

Zimbabwe probably needs invading as well.

The hypocracy is immense.

damnintellectuals damnintellectuals 8:10 am 11 Oct 07

I thought it was a goal of unions to support workers everywhere, not just the particular country where it exists. Thus, support for the democracy of Burma seems like something a union should be vocal about.

Ralph Ralph 7:42 am 11 Oct 07

Once again the left shows their hypocrisy over Burma.

Funny, I never heard shrieks like this:

The listed principles are:

* Support the Iraqi people’s struggle for democracy.
* Stop the killing.
* Stop the repression.
* Free the political prisoners.

pierce pierce 5:44 pm 10 Oct 07

I realise this is getting a tiny bit OT but the CPSU now provides all members with journey cover, to make up for the compo protection for the trip to work recently removed by the government.

Doesn’t sound so evil to me. International solidarity forever I say. I heard that when you quit the Liberal party, they eat your children.

caf caf 5:37 pm 10 Oct 07

I can’t imagine that terribly much money would be being spent on this. How much can placards and a bit of paint possibly cost?

I believe the ideological underpinning of trade union support for these kinds of campaigns is the belief that labour solidarity transcends national borders.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 4:57 pm 10 Oct 07

Unions are nothing but a waste of money. If you try to cancel your union membership, they will critisise you for your decision and even go as far as making threats. There is no way in hell I would ever join one again. Unions are full of tighwad pricks who pretend they are fighting for the average Aussie when in fact they are fighting to fund their political agendas.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:39 pm 10 Oct 07

I realise that. But I also don’t recall the last time my Union asked the members if it was okay to waste money on campaigns to Free Burma, etc. I don’t have a problem with the anti-WorkChoices ads per se, apart from the fact they’re a bit lame.

I would rather have my Union spend “our” money on things like supporting families who have lost their breadwinner through industrial accidents and to support families during strikes, etc.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:33 pm 10 Oct 07

No-one’s forcing you to join the unions, mr evil.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:25 pm 10 Oct 07

Yep, how typical is that – your hard earned Union fees being spent promoting revolution in another country?

Mind you, when compared to the lame arsed ads they’ve been playing on TV against WorkChoices, then maybe it’s not such a bad thing?

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 2:49 pm 10 Oct 07


sepi sepi 2:46 pm 10 Oct 07

Has it changed back from being Myanmar?

Thumper Thumper 2:08 pm 10 Oct 07

I’m all for a democratic Burma.

They have been under military rule since the murder of Aung San back in 1947.

BTW, I believe the Mon were one of the first indigenous Burmese tribes. maybe a hilltribe? Sorry, a long time since I studied the history of Burma/ Cochin/ Siam etc

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