YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's military government stepped up its propaganda campaign against the United States on Sunday, accusing Washington of inciting last month's pro-democracy demonstrations in hopes of installing a puppet government.
Demonstrations that began Aug. 19 over high prices for fuel and consumer goods grew into a broad-based movement for democratic reform that attracted tens of thousands of people in Yangon, the country's biggest city.
Troops crushed the protests by shooting at demonstrators on Sept. 26-27 and arresting almost 3,000 protesters, including Buddhist monks. The government said 10 people were killed, but dissident groups put the toll at up to 200 and say thousands more people were arrested.
"Recent protests in the country were created by the loudmouthed bully, using the exiled dissidents and traitors together with communists, internal and external anti-government destructionists," said a commentary Sunday in the Myanmar-language Myanma Ahlin daily.
The US has nothing to do, and WANTS nothing to do with what's going in Myanmar. Now, don't get me wrong. We ought to be down there doing something about the violence.
Oh wait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Oh, yeah, $9.1 trillion deficit. This nation isn't starting a war in Myanmar. The people of Myanmar are starting a war in Myanmar. The people are sick of military rule. Plain and simple.
By the way, the lady in the photo is Aung San Suu Kyi. She's the leader of the National League for Democracy, the woman all these people are rallying for. Why? The military junta put her under house arrest.