The generals are killing the monks. Myanmar’s military junta has sealed monasteries, crushed protests and threatened Aung San Suu Kyi in their crackdown in the anti-government uprising. Observers describe a country of terrified civilians and eerily empty monasteries. “People are really sad and depressed,” said another observer. Internet access has been cut. Twenty thousand troops are now deployed in Rangoon to quell further protests.
The U.N. envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, having seen Suu Kyi yesterday, is now trying to see the top General of the junta. As of this writing there is no word of the envoy’s where abouts.
But is sending an international envoy enough? Shouldn’t the West step up its sanctions on this bloody regime? At the very least cut off any financial support for the junta? And shouldn’t there be more pressure on China to bring the generals into line? I may have missed it but so far I haven’t heard any kind of robust condemnation from the Harper government.
Do you think the West and Canada should try to bring more pressure to bear on Myanmar’s generals?