Tuesday, October 2, 2007
If everybody we know emails a request (not for tickets, but for
significantly slow down Olympics ticket sales and call
attention to the matter.
petitions, wearing-red shirts, etc. But
emails, which get in the way of processing Olympics ticket requests.
Please see the template at the bottom. Please also pledge to send the
same email every 6 hours, or every time you check your email. If they
get tens of thousands of email a day, they will have to do something
significantly to condemn
Please note that this action is NOT a call to boycott the Olympics.
Here is what you should do:
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Send to ticketsupport@ beijing2008. cn every 6 hours, or every time you
check your email.
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Subject: re: tickets
I am very interested in purchasing tickets to some of the events at
next year's Olympic games.
However I cannot, in good conscience, attend the Beijing Olympics
unless your government uses its influence to improve the political
country, provides large amounts of economic aid, and invests heavily
in infrastructure projects there. Additionally, your government
provides extensive logistical support to
All this make
The people of
their rights be respected. I ask no more of your government than that
it cease its support for the current regime, and encourage dialog with
the democratically elected representatives of the Burmese nation.
I, the Burmese people, and the world would be grateful for your
assistance in this matter. Your courage will go a long way towards
making the 2008 Olympics a success.
With sincere thanks,
(name of sender)
Second Joint Statement of Asian Students of
Support of Democracy in
2007 October 2,
The monks started a peaceful protest 12 days ago and the SPDC military junta have left at least on “official count” 13 dead including a Japanese journalist, Kenji A. But according to information from NLD headquarters 250 protestors were killed including hundreds arrested and detained. Hundreds more suffered injuries when the police launched a crackdown on the protesting monks and civilians including raids on monasteries.
The scenario was an infamous retrospective of the 1988 uprising in
The recent crackdown on protests in
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) despite its non-interference policy, scorn the junta. Though one may view that the statements made by
We would like to emphasize that international pressure from social movements and civil society around the world is a warning that it would not allow this barbaric regime to continue to rule. The international solidarity showed to the rest of the world that it supports the legitimate demands of the peoples of
While the SPDC has guns, the peoples of
We believed that the resistance has not been smothered. It is growing and fueling rage among the brutalized people and the monks. The only one way to go is for the junta government to be dismantled and let civilian authority rule and democracy reign.
(Signed by 12 students from 10 countries of Sungkonghoe Master of Arts in Inter Asia NGO Studies Program)
Monday, October 1, 2007
Burma's generals have brought their brutal iron hand down on peaceful monks and protesters -- but in response, a massive global outcry is gathering pace. The roar of global public opinion is being heard in hundreds of protests outside Chinese and Burmese embassies, people round the world wearing the monks' color red, and on the internet-- where our petition has exploded to over 200,000 signers in just 72 hours.
People power can win this. Burma's powerful sponsor China can halt the crackdown, if it believes that its international reputation and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing depend on it. To convince the Chinese government and other key countries, Avaaz is launching a major global and Asian ad campaign on Wednesday, including full page ads in the Financial Times and other newspapers, that will deliver our message and the number of signers. We need 1 million voices to be the global roar that will get China's attention. If every one of us forwards this email to just 20 friends, we'll reach our target in the next 72 hours. Please sign the petition at the link below -if you haven't already- and forward this email to everyone you care about:
The pressure is working - already, there are signs of splits in the Burmese Army, as some soldiers refuse to attack their own people. The brutal top General, Than Shwe, has reportedly moved his family out of the country – he must fear his rule may crumble.
The Burmese people are showing incredible courage in the face of horror. We're broadcasting updates on our effort over the radio into Burma itself – telling the people that growing numbers of us stand with them. Let's do everything we can to help them – we have hours, not days, to do it. Please sign the petition and forward this email to at least 20 friends right now. Scroll down our petition page for details of times and events to join in the massive wave of demonstrations happening around the world at Burmese and Chinese embassies.
With hope and determination,
Ricken, Paul, Pascal, Graziela, Galit, Ben, Milena and the whole Avaaz Team
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here goes the first attempt.
The statement is nothing more than an insult to the injury of the monks and the Burmese peoples. From day one of the protests actions, the monks have been demanding for reconciliation and yet they were charged with tear gas and shot at with live rounds. The junta does not know the real meaning of peaceful dialogue and national reconciliation. For almost 20 years, we never saw an inclusive and broad-based approach from the junta to deliver peace and development in the country. Contrary to its name, the State for Peace and Development Council (SPDC) has been consistently exploiting and persecuting the peoples of
Enough of rhetoric,