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2012-07-25 \Tucson\Politics & Government\City Council\
Regina's blog on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tucson.romero
Regina Romero, Ward 1 city council member, maintains a facebook page where she posts and responds to messages regularly:

https://www.facebook.com/tucson.romero

2011-08-29 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Burma update - watchful optimism? http://www.dvb.no/news/suu-kyi-encourage
August is the anniversary month of the 8-8-88 uprisings and more recently the 8/2007 repression of the monks and other democracy protestors.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democracy movement, has been free from house arrest since November. She ... read more

2011-01-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
"Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up"
Aung San Suu Kyi interviewed on a contraband camera

Partial transcript - read below to find what Aung San is asking us to do:

[Question about her willingness to talk to a brutal and oppressive regime]

"You have to talk to people if you want ... read more

2010-11-18 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Aung San Suu Kyi Released! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pac
"if you're placed under arrest you can't work as much as you can when you're not under arrest"

It's time to work more. Aung San Suu Kyi, the hero of the resistence movement in Burma and also the winner of the last free election, was released from house ... read more

2010-08-22 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Oil Thugs
If armed robbers took over your house at gunpoint, could they then sell it to your neighbor?

Not in any country under rule of law.  International law, it seems, is much weaker.

The Burmese people elected a legitimate government.  It is led by Aung ... read more

2010-08-22 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
What do Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell agree on?
Very little - but both can agree on the need for freedom in Burma.

"What's important here is that this is not aimed at the people of Burma but at its leadership, particularly at Than Shwe," said a senior administration official quoted in The Washington ... read more

2010-06-30 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
McCain sponsors resolution to renew Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act http://uscampaignforburma.org
This year is important to send a message to the Myanmar regime that they have not legitimized their brutal government.

Sens McCain and Kyl are both co-sponsors of Joint Resolution 29 to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.  So it is not necessary ... read more

2009-07-21 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Next Steps on Burma - need your help! http://uscampaignforburma.org/support-a-
Momentum has begun to demand the UN form an Commission of Inquiry on Burma.  Its a slow process, but this is the first step towards getting security council action to stop the atrocities and human rights abuses in Burma.  Please make a call, most of our ... read more

2008-08-08 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Please Don't Forget Burma : 8-8-88 Anniversary http://www.burma-network.org
1-623-703-0110
Find out why 8.8.88 UPRISING is one the most crucial day of Burma's History and JOIN US for massive marches, events, protests.

http://uscampaignforburma.org
http://burma-network.org

Below, a note from Sophie Lwin, a Burmese activist in Phoenix ... read more

2008-06-26 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Burmese Community?
I have recently moved to Arizona, after four years of living in Burma.  I would very much like to get in touch with the Burmese community here in Tucson - and those interested in Burma.  

My name is peter - please email me at pjburns11---at=== gmail ... read more

2007-11-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Urgent: Stop US Congress From Sitting on Hands After Burma Crackdown http://uscampaignforburma.org

[from the US Campaign for Burma]

We are writing to ask for your urgent help.

It has now been nearly two months since the Burmese military regime's brutal crackdown on peacefully demonstrations.  Yet, the US Congress has not yet responded with ... read more

2007-11-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Urgent: Stop US Congress From Sitting on Hands After Burma Crackdown : Called on HR 3890, also try direct to subcommittee
I tried calling both Rangel and Levin, and got redirected to the subcommittee staff.  I suspect its still a good idea to call their offices directly, and insist on leaving a message, since as chairmen they have the ability to do something about it.  But ... read more

2007-11-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Tabling UA Mall
Come join us at the University of Arizona today (Friday 11/9/07)!  We'll have flyers and letters to sign, come join the Arizona chapter of the US Campaign to Free Burma!

The big thrust right now is to call your rep to co-sponsor the Block Burmese JADE ... read more

2007-11-06 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Arizona Burma Friends: Can You Help Us in Congress http://uscampaignforburma.org
Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007:
Arizona Get Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor!
(Grijalva already has - but others need calls)

Message from the US Campaign for Burma:

As we mentioned last week, Congressman Tom ... read more

2007-10-29 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Found the house bill: support HR3890 : Grijalva will co-sponsor it!
After one email Grijalva's office got back to me right away and answered "Thank you for making sure we know about this opportunity to support Burmese freedom. I am familiar with this legislation, and I made sure to add Raúl as a co-sponsor ASAP.  "  Thanks ... read more

2007-10-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Powerful image to post on your blog to Free Burma http://btucson.com/imgs/lone_monk2.jpg
Wed 10/24 is a day of action for the Burmese protesters.  Please do what you can.  Post this image, blog about the need to remember that the protesters are still in prison now and need help.  Call your Senator and ask them to support the "Saffron Revolution ... read more

2007-10-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
So what is Congress gonna do? http://mccain.senate.gov/press_office/vi
I just read that McCain has sponsored a bill titled 'Saffron Revolution Support Act' that does some of the things that need to be done - close the loopholes so Chevron has to get out, get some sanctions with teeth in them and send aid to the democratic ... read more

2007-10-23 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Found the house bill: support HR3890
I talked to a staffer for the committee on foreign affairs, who explained to me that the house hasn't started anything equivalent to McCain's "Saffron Revolution Support Bill" [S 2172] because it might be perceived as competing with that bill; the idea ... read more

2007-10-22 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
ARIZONA JOINS GLOBAL DAY OF SUPPORT :A CANDLELIGHT VIGILl FOR BURMA'S FREEDOM http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=5
  GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION: A VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF BURMA! October 24, 2007 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMDon’t Let The World Forget About the Saffron Revolution!!!!October 24th is the UN anniversary day but most importantly, it will be marked as a global day for Burma ... read more

2007-10-18 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Chevron and Burma : Board of Directors address
Unless we find personal addresses for the board members, this is probably the best place to write for now.  Tell them to use their influence to ask that the political prisoners be released.  They have the power to turn off the valves at the Yadana oil ... read more

2007-10-16 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Torture in Burma http://www.aappb.org/tortour_report.pdf
This report was compiled prior to the current unrest, but it is very likely the same methods are being applied to the protestors today.  Repression in Burma is not something new but has existed systematically for years."

2007-10-16 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Chevron and Burma : Waiting for answer; also investor relations
I tried the above and received a call back today from a woman in the Media relations dept. She said she will refer my question to the person handling the Burma issue.  I am waiting for his call.  Any hard answers will be posted here.  

Another dept ... read more

2007-10-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Chevron and Burma
As I understand it, Chevron is co-financing development of an oil field controlled by the Myanmar dictators, and which funds their military crackdown. Now they are confiscating satellite phones.  The Burma govt seems to think that if we don't see images ... read more

2007-10-14 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Chevron and Burma : Ask them directly
It seems to me that we're members of the media, and that Chevron should be asked what they are doing about disinvestment. Call their press line:

Members of the media can contact Chevron Corporate Media Relations by phone at: +1 925.842.0050

ask ... read more

2007-10-11 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Free Burma Report & Strategy : See also this 'Dirty list' of companies profitting by doing business with the oppressive govt of Burma http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/dirty_li
Found this on Digg.  If you find phone numbers, or know of people in decision making roles in these companies, post them somewhere! You can post them here, but also try to email the people in charge of the list.

Next action, maybe we can write to a ... read more

2007-10-09 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Free Burma Report & Strategy http://uscampaignforburma.org
We had a really neat day at the park talking to people about the situation in Burma. I was surprised that some folks were not that aware, while others discussed with us whether or not there was really anything we can do to be effective.

We sent 24 ... read more

2007-10-03 \Tucson\Politics & Government\Burma\
Support Democracy in Burma http://btucson.com/docs/burma.pdf
The US Campaign for Burma has made a global call to action this weekend, to show wide support for the protesters who are being brutally repressed in Burma.  In Tucson we are holding a small rally and organizing meeting on Sunday 10/7 at noon on the big ... read more

2011-01-23 "Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up"
Aung San Suu Kyi interviewed on a contraband camera

Partial transcript - read below to find what Aung San is asking us to do:

[Question about her willingness to talk to a brutal and oppressive regime]

"You have to talk to people if you want ..peaceful change"

"We want to review the position of sanctions, we want to see what the political ..effect is..."

Are you saying sanctions are on the table?

"It depends what the outcome of the dialog is"

"Freedom and democracy are goals which you never give up"

even when her husband was dying of cancer, and the regime refused her a visa
seeing her...she only saw her son now after ten years...

"Tt was lovely to see my son, and I wa ...read more...
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2007-10-22 ARIZONA JOINS GLOBAL DAY OF SUPPORT :A CANDLELIGHT VIGILl FOR BURMA'S FREEDOM
  GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION: A VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF BURMA! October 24, 2007 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMDon’t Let The World Forget About the Saffron Revolution!!!!October 24th is the UN anniversary day but most importantly, it will be marked as a global day for Burma because it is the anniversary of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest. Daw Suu Kyi has spent 12 years of the last 17 years under house arrest and is still under house arrest today. There are other thousands of political prisoners in Burma today. Please join us as we will join the rest of the world to remember the monks and citizens of Burma– Those who have died and those who are still fighting for a free and democratic Burma. There are currently over 2,000 people detained, imprisoned, tortured and killed. We will show our support in solidarity ...read more...
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2007-11-06 Arizona Burma Friends: Can You Help Us in Congress
http://uscampaignforburma.org
Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007:
Arizona Get Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor!
(Grijalva already has - but others need calls)

Message from the US Campaign for Burma:

As we mentioned last week, Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) introduced new sanctions to cut off major revenue from Burma's military junta. The Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti- Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007 has the power to force the regime to negotiate with Burma's democracy leaders and Ethnic nationalities. We must show the people of Burma that the U.S. is taking action to support their calls for freedom, democracy and human rights.  Call your Representative today asking them to support the Block Burmese JADE Act! Organize your community to call in as well. Contact details for your R ...read more...
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2010-11-18 Aung San Suu Kyi Released!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11752993
"if you're placed under arrest you can't work as much as you can when you're not under arrest"

It's time to work more. Aung San Suu Kyi, the hero of the resistence movement in Burma and also the winner of the last free election, was released from house arrest on Nov 13, 2010.

Video of her interview with the BBC

She is not out of danger, however, warns  Tom Malinowski, head of the Washington office of Human Rights Watch.  The Washington Post reports that Malinowski said he is worried that as she carries out her vow to reengage politically, she will be on a collision course with the government of Senior Gen. Than Shwe.

"At that point, all bets will be off," he said. "There cou ...read more...
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2011-08-29 Burma update - watchful optimism?
http://www.dvb.no/news/suu-kyi-encouraged-by-quintana-meet/17267
August is the anniversary month of the 8-8-88 uprisings and more recently the 8/2007 repression of the monks and other democracy protestors.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the democracy movement, has been free from house arrest since November. She sounded optimistic after her first meeting with president Thein Sein last week: "From my point of view, I think the president wants to achieve real positive change."  Thein Sein took office last March.

Suu Kyi also was able to meet with United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana for the first time - previously he had been prevented from seeing her by the regime. "I am really satisfied. I am encouraged to have seen him as he is an expert in this issue (human rights)."

However, according to Suu Kyi's facebook page, 2200 p ...read more...
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2008-06-26 Burmese Community?
I have recently moved to Arizona, after four years of living in Burma.  I would very much like to get in touch with the Burmese community here in Tucson - and those interested in Burma.  

My name is peter - please email me at pjburns11---at=== gmail.com""
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2007-10-14 Chevron and Burma
As I understand it, Chevron is co-financing development of an oil field controlled by the Myanmar dictators, and which funds their military crackdown. Now they are confiscating satellite phones.  The Burma govt seems to think that if we don't see images of the oppression, we will forget about it.  Please prove them wrong.

Several blog sites are suggesting sending emails to comments@chevron.com addressed to David O'Reilly, the chairman.

I think it would be more effective if we can find direct contact info for the individuals on the board of directors.  They are listed here

http://www.chevron.com/about/leadership/boardofdirectors/

and below. Please post any contact information you find for these individuals:

* David J. O'Reilly
      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer ...read more...
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2007-10-23 Found the house bill: support HR3890
I talked to a staffer for the committee on foreign affairs, who explained to me that the house hasn't started anything equivalent to McCain's "Saffron Revolution Support Bill" [S 2172] because it might be perceived as competing with that bill; the idea is that house members who support the Senate bill will wait for it to pass before introducing it in the house.  

So I did the other thing the staffer suggested, and searched http://thomas.loc.gov - and the guy's boss, Rep Tom Lantos, did in fact introduce a good bill, one with at least some teeth: the Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007, HR 3890.  Thomas.loc.gov is weird and doesn't provide static links to bills, so you will have to search for it there if you want to read it.  Basically it tightens up the impo ...read more...
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2007-10-09 Free Burma Report & Strategy
http://uscampaignforburma.org
We had a really neat day at the park talking to people about the situation in Burma. I was surprised that some folks were not that aware, while others discussed with us whether or not there was really anything we can do to be effective.

We sent 24 handmade postcards with photos of the horrorible acts by the Myanmar government to various officials, but more than that we educated ourselves and each other.  This is really the time of greatest hope for a free Burma in decades, and if the international community keeps the pressure on there is some hope for the brave protesters who are now in prison.

See the bottom of this article for some addresses to send letters to.

I asked Thelma from the http://uscampaignforburma.org what our strategy should be at this point. Read on for her inspir ...read more...
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2010-06-30 McCain sponsors resolution to renew Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act
http://uscampaignforburma.org
This year is important to send a message to the Myanmar regime that they have not legitimized their brutal government.

Sens McCain and Kyl are both co-sponsors of Joint Resolution 29 to renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act.  So it is not necessary to lobby our senators, but an easy step to take is to lobby President Obama to support the investigation of the regimes war crimes and crimes against humanity:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1189/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2660


For information about the senate resolution see:

http://uscampaignforburma.org/call-senate-burma-2010

To find out how else to support the campaign to free Burma, please visit http://uscampaignforburma.org/

August 8 will be the anniversary of the uprising.  If people in the United State ...read more...
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2009-07-21 Next Steps on Burma - need your help!
http://uscampaignforburma.org/support-a-commission-of-inquiry-for-burma
Momentum has begun to demand the UN form an Commission of Inquiry on Burma.  Its a slow process, but this is the first step towards getting security council action to stop the atrocities and human rights abuses in Burma.  Please make a call, most of our Arizona congressmen have not signed yet.  I think Raul and Gabby and Pastor would sign if their attention is drawn to it, probably others as well.  

If you haven't been following recently, please know that the Myanmar government has continued to burn and destroy ethnic villages, torture dissidents, and now has imprisoned probably one of the bravest women of our time, Aung San Suu Kyi. The reason no action has been taken is that China gets a lot of oil from Burma.  So its slow work, but we can get something to happen if we keep at it. ...read more...
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2010-08-22 Oil Thugs
If armed robbers took over your house at gunpoint, could they then sell it to your neighbor?

Not in any country under rule of law.  International law, it seems, is much weaker.

The Burmese people elected a legitimate government.  It is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, now in her 14th year of house arrest.  James Mawdsley in The Iron Road points out "The oil in Burma belongs to the people of Burma, and if [oil companies such as Premier Oil or Chevron] want to deal in it, then they should pay the representatives of the people of Burma = the National League for Democracy.  But to pay instead a group of armed thugs who use the money to oppress the country is wicket.  From the legal perspective it is dealing in stolen goods.

"From the economic perspective it is idiocy.  Foreign trade will thri ...read more...
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2008-08-08 Please Don't Forget Burma : 8-8-88 Anniversary
http://www.burma-network.org
1-623-703-0110
Find out why 8.8.88 UPRISING is one the most crucial day of Burma's History and JOIN US for massive marches, events, protests.

http://uscampaignforburma.org
http://burma-network.org

Below, a note from Sophie Lwin, a Burmese activist in Phoenix.  Sophie's family fled Burma when she was 9 years old but she still has many relatives there and works tirelessly to fight the oppressive and murderous regime.
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Dear Friend,
I hope this message finds you well.  I am writing to you today to ask for your generous help.  I recently started a non-profit organization called "Burma Global Action Network (BGAN)" in October, 2007.  As you know I was born in Burma and am Burmese, however I cannot go back to my country due to the horrible situation currently being endured by my people. ...read more...
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2007-10-23 Powerful image to post on your blog to Free Burma
http://btucson.com/imgs/lone_monk2.jpg
Wed 10/24 is a day of action for the Burmese protesters.  Please do what you can.  Post this image, blog about the need to remember that the protesters are still in prison now and need help.  Call your Senator and ask them to support the "Saffron Revolution Support Bill" [S 2172].  Call your congressman and ask them to support the "Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007", HR 3890. Let's show that we will not forget."

Use the link http://btucson.com/imgs/lone_monk2.jpg to get a full size image."
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2007-10-23 So what is Congress gonna do?
http://mccain.senate.gov/press_office/view_article.cfm?ID=1146
I just read that McCain has sponsored a bill titled 'Saffron Revolution Support Act' that does some of the things that need to be done - close the loopholes so Chevron has to get out, get some sanctions with teeth in them and send aid to the democratic opposition.  

So, I called his office to find out what we can do to support the bill.  Unfortunately, both Sen. McCain and Sen. Kyl's staff are still in the pre-Internet age. All they will do is take your mailing address to send you a postcard.  Sigh.

When I called Congressman Grijalva, I got the email address of a staffer who is focused on foriegn affairs, and advice on who might be the lead in the house (Tom Lantos).  But, McCain is the one taking the lead and doing the right thing right now in the Senate.  Kyl did NOT cosponsor the ...read more...
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2007-10-03 Support Democracy in Burma
http://btucson.com/docs/burma.pdf
The US Campaign for Burma has made a global call to action this weekend, to show wide support for the protesters who are being brutally repressed in Burma.  In Tucson we are holding a small rally and organizing meeting on Sunday 10/7 at noon on the big hill in Himmel Park.   Please consider helping in some way, either by attending the rally, reading more about it, making a phone call or writing a letter.  For more information see some of the links below:

http://ko-htike.blogspot.com/

http://uscampaignforburma.org/whatyoucando/getstarted.html

Flyer for the Tucson event:
http://btucson.com/docs/burma.pdf
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2007-11-09 Tabling UA Mall
Come join us at the University of Arizona today (Friday 11/9/07)!  We'll have flyers and letters to sign, come join the Arizona chapter of the US Campaign to Free Burma!

The big thrust right now is to call your rep to co-sponsor the Block Burmese JADE Act, HR 3890.

In addition, here is a list of the Chevron board of directors who we'll also be sending postcards to:

Lead Director or Non-Employee Directors
c/o Office of the Corporate Secretary
Chevron Corporation
6001 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
Tel. +1 925-842-1000

Board of Directors

    * David J. O'Reilly
      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    * Peter J. Robertson
      Vice Chairman of the Board

    * Samuel H. Armacost
      Chairman of SRI International
    * Linnet F. Deily
      Form ...read more...
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2007-10-16 Torture in Burma
http://www.aappb.org/tortour_report.pdf
This report was compiled prior to the current unrest, but it is very likely the same methods are being applied to the protestors today.  Repression in Burma is not something new but has existed systematically for years."
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2007-11-14 Urgent: Stop US Congress From Sitting on Hands After Burma Crackdown
http://uscampaignforburma.org

[from the US Campaign for Burma]

We are writing to ask for your urgent help.

It has now been nearly two months since the Burmese military regime's brutal crackdown on peacefully demonstrations.  Yet, the US Congress has not yet responded with concrete action.  Congressmen Lantos (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) and others in the US House of Representatives introduced legislation that would cut off industries such as gems, that area a major cashflow to the regime, as well as targeted banking sanctions which will severely impact the generals.

The legislation is still sitting, waiting, in the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee because the committee has been busy with other matters.  In order to stop Burma's regime from profiting off the sale of gems, the Committee and S ...read more...
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2010-08-22 What do Barack Obama and Mitch McConnell agree on?
Very little - but both can agree on the need for freedom in Burma.

"What's important here is that this is not aimed at the people of Burma but at its leadership, particularly at Than Shwe," said a senior administration official quoted in The Washington Post

And McConnell?  He urged the Obama administration to do just what it did: "“Although the Burmese junta will characterize the charade it announced today as an election–an exercise that only the junta considers meaningful–November 7, 2010 will be just another day in Burma, marked by continued government oppression and hardship for its people.  I urge President Obama to renew his support for Aung San Suu Kyi and pro-democracy forces wit ...read more...
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