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'HELL Beyond your Wildest Dreams'- BURMA's Full Scale GENOCIDE:
Stallone Speaks Out

By Sylvester Stallone
October 3, 2007
    Stallone speaks out
    after Rambo crew witness,
    'Hell beyond your Wildest Dreams'
    Sylvester Stallone said he witnessed
     "a hellhole beyond your wildest dreams"
    while filming on the Burma border.
    The actor and his movie crew were shooting "John Rambo",
    the fourth movie in the action series, on the Salween River
    separating Burma and Thailand.
    "I witnessed the aftermath - survivors with legs cut off
    and all kinds of land mine injuries,
    maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off.
    Sylvester Stallone was shooting the latest Rambo movie
    on the border of Burma
    "We saw many elephants with blown off legs.
    We hear about Vietnam and Cambodia
    and this was more horrific," he said.
    "This is a hellhole beyond your wildest dreams," Stallone said.
     "All the trails are mined. The only way into Burma is up the river."
    Shots were fired over the film crew's heads and there were threats,
    he said.
    "We were told we could get seriously hurt if we went on,"
    Stallone added.
    He had first hand accounts, too, from the Burmese extras
    whose families were imprisoned.
    Stallone returned eight days ago - before the crackdown last week
    against the largest pro-democracy protests in Burma in two decades.
    He has faced criticism for his choice of location.
    "I was being accused, once again,
    of using the Third World as a 'Rambo' victim.
    "The Burmese are beautiful people.
    It's the military I am portraying as cruel," he said.
    Now Stallone is finding the editing process difficult,
    and finds himself asking the question
    "Are you making a documentary of a 'Rambo' movie?"
    Soldiers are on every street corner in Rangoon to prevent mass protests
    burma soldiers
    He wants to retain the violence in the film - and is prepared to face
    the challenge from the film board, the Motion Picture
    Association of America, over the rating.
    "This is Full Scale Genocide
    I want the violence in there because it is reality.
    It would be a whitewashing not to show what's over there,"
    he said.
    "I think there is a story that needs to be told," Stallone said.
    The film will be released in January.

    Burma: UN envoy meets top general
    as regime blames foreigners for violence
    Meanwhile, UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has met
    Myanmar junta supremo Than Shwe today, to try to persuade him
    to end a crackdown on the biggest democracy protests in 20 years.
    The two met in the junta's remote new capital, Naypyitaw,
    two foreign diplomats said.
    Also present were Than Shwe's no. 2, General Maung Aye,
    no. 3, General Thura Shwe Mann, and acting
    Prime Minister Thein Sein, who's fourth in the hierarchy.
    The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity, citing protocol.
    While Gambari was trying to broker peace, the junta's security
    forces lightened their presence in Yangon,
    the country's main city, which remained quiet after troops
    and police brutally quelled mass protests last week.
    The 9 pm -to-5 am curfew was scaled back to 10 pm to 4 am.
    Kept off the streets, many residents launched a new form
    of protest Monday evening by switching off their lights
    and turning off television sets from 8 pm - 8.15 pm
    during the nightly government newscast.
    The body of a Buddhist Monk floats in a River
    monk's body
    Dissident groups say up to 200 protesters were killed
    and 6,000 detained in the crackdown, compared to
    the regime's report of 10 deaths.
    "Normalcy has now returned in Myanmar," Foreign Minister
    Nyan Win told the UN General Assembly in New York,
    adding that security forces acted with restraint for a month
    but had to "take action to restore the situation."
    Nyan Win made NO Reference to the Deaths.
    Instead, he blamed foreigners for the violence.
    "Recent events make clear that there are elements
    within and outside the country who wish to derail the ongoing process
    (toward democracy) so that they can take advantage
    of the chaos that would follow," Nyan Win said.
    Slaughter: Executed monks have been dumped in the jungle
    monks burma
    "They have become more and more emboldened and have stepped up
    their campaign to confront the government," he said.
    "The destiny of each and every country can only be determined
    by its government and people," he said.
    "It cannot be imposed from outside."
    Nyan Win's comments indicated that the junta would not give up
    its hardline position and is willing to thumb its nose
    at international demands to restore democracy
    and free pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    In Rangoon, despite agreeing to see Gambari, the generals
    continued posting troops and police across the city and dispatching
    pro-junta gangs to raid homes
    in search of monks and dissidents on the run.
    But monks have now left the streets as news
    of brutal suppression and killings spreads
    Monks protesting in Burma
    "They are going from apartment to apartment, shaking things inside,
    threatening the people. You have a climate of terror all over the city,"
    a Bangkok-based Myanmar expert said.
    US charge d'affaires Shari Villarosa said arrests continued unabated.
    "We have heard that arrests are continuing at night,
    like at two o'clock in the morning. We've heard it's the military.
    "I don't who is doing it, but people are going around
    in the middle of the night and taking people away," she said.
    "People are terrified. This government keeps power through fear
    and intimidation and they are trying to intimidate people
    to stay off the streets."
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    It's definitive time for serious private initiative in Burma.

    - Peter, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    It is absolutely heartbreaking and absolutely vile what
    they are doing to the people of Burma. Go Sly, you make sure
    we in the opulent west help them. But will we when there is
    - no oil for the big countries to harvest?

    - Christine, Brussels, Belgium
    The only 'big name' that has proved invisible here is 'God Almighty'.

    - Carolfarrell, Worcestershire
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    Burma: Thousands dead in massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle
    by This is London
    Monday Oct 1st, 2007

    I am still shaking, having trouble believing this.
    Burma: Thousands dead in massacre of the monks dumped in the jungle

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    "As Nightfall does not come all at once,
    neither does oppression. - In both instances, there is
    - a Twilight when everything remains Seemingly Unchanged.
    And it is in such Twilight that we all must be
    - Most Aware of Change in the air - however slight
    - lest we Become Unwitting Victims of the Darkness."
                                                   ~ Justice William O. Douglas


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