Scissors, glue, but also tears and worries!
Trip Start Jul 17, 2007
34Trip End Oct 05, 2007
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First we walk all the way to the second-hand shop and buy a basket, which we will later fill with hand-picked candies and a handwritten birthday card. Walking even further to the big supermarket, we also choose flowers, balloons with her name on it and of course a Birthday cake with candles! After hours (I called her in between to tell her we really are oke!) we come home and suprise her! Fact being that her real Birthday is the day after does not make a difference ;-))
In the days after we have even more surpises for her, a huge Birthday card, breakfast in bed and lots of drawings, paintings and sorts
In between thesis-writing we also visit Turku center, eat at her mum's place and go to Ruissola for fresh air, look at famous Turlu Castle and find chestnuts with the kids! On Sunday night it is time for lay-out adjustments and finishing up! While she's off to the binder's I am going to school with Anttoni. Spending the morning as observer and trying to show the kids some photos from my travels. Their own teacher being not around though and the substitute failing to keep order the whole thing turns into complete chaos in the end! But it was fun to be there anyway!
The only thing overshadowing my visit and travels at the moment is my worries about things happening in Myanmar (Birma)! For weeks now people (with monks in the frontline) have been protesting against the corrupt, selfish and cruel military regime, the Junta, cos of yet another one of their stupid actions. Raising fuel prices and bus fares up to 400%. Result, the people who have to travel for work, loose 60% procent of their daily income on transport alone! This is outragage, especially in a country where 90% of the people has to live under poverty conditions! I had close contact with lots of people there, friends with some of them and I fear for their lives! What will happen if the regime orders another crack down like in 1990 when over 3000 people (civillians and monks) were killed during a peaceful protest! At the same time I hope that this outcry for help (the biggest in 20 years) will finally get the international big players (with most important country being Big Borther China) to act and free these people of over 45 years of dictatorship and selfish regime
NOW is the time to act and keep all info in the media, as it can be used as huge pressure tool!
The 12!!! men ruling this country are very afraid to loose power and they strike with anything now:
- curfew evenings
- no gatherings of people more thean 5 people
- important supporters have been arrested
- The Lady has been moved from her house to the notorious prison
- closing off the holy Sule and Sweddagon pagodas
- frightening people with pamflets warning them what will happen if they keep supporting of even LOOK at the demonstrations.
- Today teargas is used and monks are being beaten and arrested
- First fires are shot as well, killing at least 2 people!
Will it be a repeat of 1990? I cannot believe the world will stand by and watch!!! AGAIN!
NOW international support is needed. Talk, talk, but NO immediate action. Who gives a shit about POSSIBLE tighter sanctions! This will not help the local people at all! Economy is NOT everything! Money is NOT that important! I feel so frustrated, these people are so brave! Risking their lives in a way you and I do not have to do, taking our freedom for granted! My travels seems so irralevant now, I would give it up straigtaway in exchange for their 'freedom'!