Burma's Secret War

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History, War Documentary published by ABC, Channel 4 broadcasted as part of ABC Four Corners series in 2006 - English narration

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Democracy will just have to wait. The rallies have been crushed and the protesters are in captivity, in hiding, or fleeing the country. Military vehicles sweep Burma’s main city Rangoon blaring menace from loudspeakers: "We have photographs. We are going to make arrests."

Estimates vary wildly about how many people were killed or detained in the latest protests. Dissident groups have put the death toll at 200 and detainees at 6000. Numbers are impossible to confirm; the regime severely curbs foreign reporting and it even pulled the plug on the Internet.

The scratchy TV images conveyed the bravery of the demonstrators and the brutality of the military. But what drove the protests? What is life really like for the Burmese people, especially for those who strive for reform?

Last year, former ABC south-east Asia correspondent Evan Williams travelled secretly to Burma, spending weeks with Karen medics in the jungle, evading army patrols and land mines. Then he went to the city as a tourist to meet, in secret, dissidents and victims of the regime.

Williams filmed chilling testimonies of murder, torture and intimidation by the Burmese regime. His report, "Burma's Secret War", not only details the junta's cruelty but also explains the desperation and anger that propelled monks and civilians onto the streets in recent days. "Burma's Secret War" aired on Britain's Channel 4 and, in a shorter version, on the ABC's Foreign Correspondent program last November. In the wake of the latest protests it will be broadcast in longer form on Four Corners, 8.30 pm Monday 8 October.

Reporter: Channel 4 UK , 2006. Original ABC broadcast: 08/10/2007

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