is building up against the Burmese junta in the wake of the murderous
May 30 attack.
During July – September 2003,
the regime known as the SPDC (State Peace and Development Council)
continued to detain the leaders of the NLD (National League for
Democracy) as well as scores of more pro-democracy activists.
The most significant development
has been the US government’s sanctions that banned Burmese
imports and the provision of financial services to Burma. The tensions
within the SPDC that have quietly built up during the banking crisis,
continue as a consequence of Sr-Gen Than Shwe’s internal coup
a.k.a. ‘the reshuffle’ and the sanctions’ impact
on personal business interests.
Barely a month after the US sanctions
were declared, a reshuffle took place within the SPDC, ‘promoting’
Gen. Khin Nyunt, considered a moderate, to Prime Minister, to serve
as the public relations face of the regime. Two days later, he introduced
a 7-point roadmap – essentially a reformatting of excuses
previously deployed to justify failure to convene parliament –
to placate the international community.