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Lessons learned from the crisis in Burma PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 October 2007

By Diana Sarosi

People from all walks of life have filled the streets around the world over the past few weeks in solidarity with the Burmese and their struggle for freedom and democracy. The Burmese strength to defy an extremely oppressive regime and their commitment to nonviolence is truly admirable. Although not much attention is paid to this, the Burmese have been defying the military regime nonviolently throughout the last twenty years, ranging from small acts of resistance in their daily lives, such as turning their lights of every night at 8, to public acts exemplified in the weekly Tuesday prayers for their icon Aung San Suu Kyi at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangoon. Although nonviolence has been questioned by many, the Burmese are not willing to give up on this noble idea. The recent events have once again demonstrated their strong conviction to remain truthful and not play by the rules of their ruthless opponent.

Tragically, statesí responses around the world have failed to match the strength of the Burmese. Governmentís reactions, basically amounting to complacency with the Burmese junta, have once again provided evidence that that we are facing a global crisis.

Our governments are prioritizing the corporate-military agenda dictated by power-hungry and greedy forces over the protection of the most basic human right, the right to life. Our governments are directly or indirectly supporting abhorrent regimes like the Burmese by hiding behind each otherís backs, sanctioning the way for these greedy forces to put structures into place leading to rapid militarization and exploitation throughout the world. Governance based on legitimacy, accountability and rule of law is diminishing, while mal-governance in form of repression and terror is on the rise stripping people in every corner of the world of their political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Ultimately, what the crisis in Burma brings home is the global struggle for freedom and democracy. While our governments are acting as accomplices in the developments of over-consumption and military madness, people throughout the world have once again bellied up to the table standing up for what is right and supporting those struggling to realize their inherent rights. Afterall, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us to let our governments know that we do not agree with their priorities, that we do not accept their complacency with oppression and terror, that we demand respect for human rights, and that we are all deserving of dignity, justice, and equality. While today it is a poor Burmese that is facing violence for aspiring freedom, tomorrow it could be any one of us.

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