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Chiswick protest against Total Oil support for Burma dictatorship

Awyame | 25.01.2008 22:30 | Anti-militarism | Repression | Social Struggles | London

Twelve protesters held a demonstration at the West Four Total Oil petrol station at 137 Chiswick High Road on January 24th, calling on the company to stop giving the brutal military junta hundreds of millions of dollars a year, as the largest western supporter of the military regime.

The protesters held a large "Totalitarian Oil Out of Burma Now" banner for passing vehicles, leafleted passers-by and asked them to sign a petition.

Total is in a joint venture with the dictatorship in the Yadana gas project in southern Burma. [1]

The gas project funds the junta with hundreds of millions of dollars a year and represents a major source of foreign currency for the regime to buy weapons and finance the army.

Over 40% of Burma's GDP is spent on the military in a war against its own people.

Burma has the world's worst health care [2], the most corruption [3] and the most child soldiers [4].

Protests in London next week:

Wednesday 30th January
Total London HQ, 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PW
Tube: Oxford Circus | Map:

Thursday, January 31, 2008
Kilburn Total station, 409 Kilburn High Rd, Kilburn, NW6 7QG
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Tube: Kilburn | Map:

Recent Burma news: (see

Burmese army buying children

Sergeant Soe Myint is well-known for his many previous trips to buy children from poor backgrounds to be taken to Danyin Gone military recruitment center. Recently four children were arrested by security staff for selling discarded broken ice pieces they had picked up from the local fish market. When the parents were unable to pay the K 20,000 to K 30,000 fine for each of the children, Sergeant Soe Myint arrived and paid K15,000 for each of the four children and took them away to Danyin Gone military recruitment centre. The parents living in municipal compounds are intimidated from making complaints for fear of being evicted. Families say at least 20 children have been taken from the same compound as these children.

Six labour rights activists get long prison sentences for organising labour rights discussions in Rangoon, last May.

Thu Rein Aung, Wai Lin, Myo Min and Kyaw Min - were sentenced to prison terms of 28 years. Two others - Kyaw Kyaw and Nyi Nyi Zaw - each received sentences of 20 years.

Don't forget Nilar Thein and Kyaw Min Yu

Nilar Thein and her husband Kyaw Min Yu, known as Jimmy are 88 Generation Student activists.
Nilar Thein spent eight years in jail from 1996 to 2003 for her political activity. Her husband spent 16 years in prison after the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. Nilar Thein is a fugitive from last years protests (number 5 on the junta's list of "terrorists"), unable to visit her 9 month old daughter, which the junta hopes to use as bait to catch her. Her husband is in the notorious Insein Prison and likely to receive a long prison sentence.

Junta Police torture to death a Muslim leader of prayers in Buthidaung Township

Moulvi Alizoher (40), son of Dolo Meah was arrested at the mosque while he was sleeping. He was brought to Baga Mora, an isolated area outside of Monibill, where he was tortured severely. While he was going unconscious and rigorously bleeding, he was handcuffed and then carried to Buthidaung police station by motorbike. The Village Peace and Development Council chairman of Jabbar Para village managed to get the police to release him, but he was pronounced dead from severe bleeding at the hospital he was taken to. According to the post-mortem report of hospital, the victim’s kidneys and liver were completely destroyed.

A close relative said that it is unknown why he was arrested and tortured since he didn't commit any crime.

The police are identified as Corporal Than Aye, Kyaw Zaya and Aung Sein. Sub-inspector Mrat Htwe, was in charge of the operation but did not go to Monibill. The ‘gang of four’ has been harassing the Muslim Rohingya community since killing a woman from Yaung Chaung village of Buthidaung Township in 2006.

Military road construction destroys farmlands in Karen state

"They came and set up their military camps, and then started on their new road plans. Several farmlands in the area, owned by local villagers, were demolished with bulldozers," the villager said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The villager said that the locals were furious with the military but could do nothing as they had no legal assistance or knowledge about the correct procedures.

"We don't know where to file our complaint and we don't dare to do it. Also, we have to worry about our daily food first of all before we can start dealing with this."

In Pha-pon district, road building by government troops has made villagers relocate deeper into the jungle for fear of a possible new offensive.

Locals said the aim of the new road projects could be to aid mobilisation and provide supply routes for government troops so that they can carry out more offensives against KNU-controlled areas.


Protests are held weekly but locations may change. For information and reports on protests in London and around the country please see

[1] Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy leader, has said that “Total is the
biggest supporter of the military regime in Burma.” For more information
about Total Oil's investment in Burma see the Burma Campaign UK website:

[2] The World Health Organization's ranking
of the world's health systems:

[3] Burma joins Somalia in 179th place as the most corrupt countries in the
world according to Transparency International 2007 index rankings:

[4] Human Rights Watch report on Child Soldiers in Burma:



Another demo against TOTAL in Chester on Saturday

25.01.2008 23:07

Saturday 26 January

From 11am

Hoole TOTAL petrol station

Hoole Rd, Chester.

All welcome. Please join us.

wrexham women for peace
mail e-mail: wrexhamwomen[at]