One of a series of appropriately blood-red billboards set up across Burma to remind the captive citizenry not to entertain any independant thoughts.
Across Burma today, Buddhist monks are being imprisoned, tortured or killed, merely for chanting the Sutra of compassion in the streets.
What is not widely recognized, or ... what the Western world chooses not to notice ... is that the murderous bastards holding onto power there are almost wholly maintained by Chinese money, bullets and diplomacy.
For the International community to be going into apparent paroxysms of concern over the suppression of human rights in this lovely country, while being afraid to step on Chinese toes, for fear of jeopardizing the flow of cheap consumer goods, ... is a hypocrisy of the highest order .....
While Western nations enacted sanctions, the Chinese have been subjugating Burma, thru their clients in the military Govt., in much the same way that Belgium once enslaved the Congo. I was told by monks in Mandalay, that many people were thrown in prison ...simply for being overheard making negative comments about Chinese.
As in Tibet, Buddhism is the the great obstacle to Chinese policy in Burma, since it is a philosophy of love and compassion, rather than one of mechanization and materialism. If the Chinese are continually allowed to have their way here, Buddhism in Burma will be effectively destroyed as in Tibet, while the temples are renovated for increased tourism.
If you care about Burma, leave the Chinese goods at Walmart on the shelf, and urge your government to boycott the Beijing Olympics, ... until China ceases enabling these despots ...
My travels have convinced me that the people of Burma are some of the sweetest and most generous and spiritual on Earth... As evidenced in the writings of their long imprisoned leader, Aung San Suu Kyii, they have much to offer the rest of us .... We cannot allow them to remain indefinitely captive, in a national prison-house ...
( George Orwell spent much of his youth in Burma, as a police commissioner for the British Colonial administration . He would recognize the government there today, from descriptions in his own novel, "1984".)