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Ladies and Gentlemen,
Nay Phone Latt a 28 year old young Burmese man, was sentenced recently to 20 years in jail in Burma, for writing a blog criticizing the Burmese Military junta. This is an unjust outrageous punishment, the severest of all, for a blogger. I was speaking to my Burmese client who tells me that in fact, being aware of the dangers in criticizing this cruel military junta, he did not directly criticize the junta in his blog. What he did was this. If you read the first word of each line of his blog post on the left vertically from top to bottom, it would be something like this" Than Swe is crazy for power". His blog is in the Burmese vernacular. The blog itself was not critical of the Burmese junta at all. The title of it went something like " The city I have dropped" referring to the change of the capital of Burma from Rangoon to Naypwidaw recently.
You can read about this on Reporters Without Borders http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=29243. This is a moment that everyone, not just in Singapore but around the world should speak out against the injustice against this young man.
Everyone should post his story in their blogs and cry out to high Heaven against this damned injustice. Write to all Burmese Embassies and their government expressing your disgust demanding that the sentence be reversed.
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