The brutal military dictatorship which has ruled Myanmar(formerly Burma) for nearly three decades continues its oppression of the Burmese people. It now releases prisoners and recruits them into a shadowy group known as Swan Aah Shin–capable strong persons– and unleashes them against peaceful protestors seeking to obtain basic human rights. There are also reports of military forces being directed into the capital to halt any attempt at protest.
Burma is one of those quiet places which does not capture the interests of liberals. It lacks the dramatic effect of being in the Middle East. Burma is just off the beaten track of liberal causes. Its people suffer tremendously, thousands have been killed or imprisoned, but it is doubtful if any liberal group will makes statements about those suffering.