Burma Day 1: Silence Awaiting The Sentence

Arrive in Rangoon early in the morning on the day that Aung San Suu Kyi is finally due to be sentenced. It’s tense. No-one expects any justice. That’s just not how it works. There are troops everywhere downtown and all I can do is wait to hear what’s happened which in a bizarre, Burmese soldier on guard in downtown Rangoonyet typical way for working inside Burma, it’s harder to find out what’s going on here just a couple of miles from the court room in Insein prison than if I was back in the outside world. News finally gets through that yet again the verdict has been delayed. The rain comes and the troops slowly recede back to their barracks. Nothing changes. Daily life continues as nothing was even happening. The consequences of showing any emotion over the Lady’s potential jailing are still too fresh in people’s minds. Nothing has changed since I was last here. It’s barely possible to be living in a worse situation.

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