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McCain warns Myanmar risks Arab-style uprising
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    McCain warns Myanmar risks Arab-style uprising

    'Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face revolutionary change later.' -- PHOTO: REUTERS

    YANGON - US SENATOR John McCain warned on Friday that Myanmar could face a Middle East-style revolution if the new army-backed government fails to implement democratic reform and improve human rights.

    'The winds of change are now blowing, and they will not be confined to the Arab world,' the senior Republican told reporters at the end of a three-day visit to the military-dominated nation. 'Governments that shun evolutionary reforms now will eventually face revolutionary change later.'

    Mr McCain was in Myanmar to assess the new political landscape after the junta handed power to a nominally civilian but army-backed government in March following the country's first election in 20 years.

    The November vote, won by the military's political proxies, was marred by widespread complaints of cheating and the exclusion of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest shortly afterwards.

    Mr McCain urged the government to ensure the safety of Ms Suu Kyi, who said this week she hoped to soon conduct a political tour around the country that will be a key test of her freedom following her release.

    'Aung San Suu Kyi's last attempt to travel freely was marred by violence, and the new government's ability and willingness to prevent a similar outcome this time will be an important test of their desire for change,' Mr McCain said.

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    Re: McCain warns Myanmar risks Arab-style uprising

    The ruling junta in Burma have been "thumbing their noses" at the rest of the world for decades. They have no interest or intention to adopt anything even remotely resembling a true democratic process in that country. They have clearly shown that they will only run an election when they have stacked the rules and electoral process to ensure their success. They are cruel and cunning and if there is a mistake they have made, it is their poor treatment of the army's lower ranks. If the people manage to get the support of the army "rank and file", they might just topple the leadership. However, I feel that MANY lives would be lost in the struggle.

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