Breaking: Coup/Army Mutiny in Myanmar

(New News. Made the Rec List at dK, and we were fortunate enough to be xposted (and spelling corrected) by a relatively new member with specialized knowledge. 9:45 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

(cross-posted from Daily Kos)

Note – as I prepared a previous Diary, I recieved news via Cbox that a coup had been initiated and quickly drafted the following story first posted at Daily Kos you may refer to updates and discussion there.


The dissident website The Burma File in London is reporting news of an Army Mutiny and Political Coup with Than Shwe disposed by No. 2 General Maung Aye.

Since Internet service was cut by the Junta yesterday I have been monitoring dissident sites, Chinese sources and Western MSM.

Unconfirmed rumors of escalated violence against Buddhist monks by the army overnight are likely to be true but apparently many solders refused to attached religious leaders and an insurrection ensured.

Separately, a Coup appears to have been organized by General Maung and the army is reported to be guarding the house of dissident Aung San Suu Kyi.

It’s now 2:13 AM Shanghai time but I will try to confirm the above reports through other sources.

Hope for the best.


[edited to correct spelling]

[edited to add a link to koNko’s other excellent essay on the Rec List- ek]

“Fuck you, army. We only want democracy.”


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  1. … and there’s such suppression of communication right now.

    Thank you for letting us know what you know at this time.  This is such a frightening situation.

    Please keep posting as you find out more!

  2. Your efforts to keep us informed about the latest developments are greatly appreciated.

    • fatdave on September 29, 2007 at 5:24 am
  3. A friend gathered artifacts from the rebel-held areas in Myanmar and sold them at antique shows. 

    Haven’t seen him for a few years.

    Sonny had many stories to tell, as you might imagine, but among the saddest was people offering him family heirlooms so that others might have something the family valued. They thought their lives and those of their entire families were forfeit to a brutal dictatorship.

    Best,  Terry

  4. did they stage the coup becuase too many heads and been cracked, or too few?

  5. Here’s a link that lists the companies involved.

    • oculus on September 29, 2007 at 9:37 am

    of this diary until there is some verification.

    • koNko on October 3, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Sorry for my late reply on this diary since the day after I posted I had to Shanghai & travel 2 days on assignment.

    I will post a follow-up in the next day or so with news & comment on the international response.

    Meanwhile, thanks to everyone supporting the Burmese people and bloggers promoting action.

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