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  • mattocmd

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    I leave next Monday to fly to Bangkok and start my 2-4 month journey through SE asia. I am planning on visiting 4-5 countries there.

    Back when I was planning this trip, it included 2-3 weeks in Burma. Current events may now allow for this trip. However, I would still like to go (if I am allowed in). I would love to get footage of some of the demonstrations (if possible).

    I am fully aware that it is a dangerous situation, but I would still like to take my chances.

    Does anyone know if I will be able to get in? A lot can happen in the next month...I am just wondering if they will deny my visa because I am an American.

    #1 Posted: 28/9/2007 - 20:48

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  • somtam2000

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    We've a number of colleagues who have been denied visas now for Burma, and from what I understand no further visas are going to be issued until the situation clears.

    It's difficult to be fully aware of the situation given the internet and international telephone systems have been largely shut down.

    We've heard from journalist colleagues that it was no coincidence that the only foreign casualty (that we're aware of) was a photo-journalist -- shot through the heart from behind, at point blank range. While your intentions (of filming protests) are admirable, the security situation (at least as it stands at the moment) would make that extremely difficult and very dangerous.

    As you say a lot can happen in a month, so perhaps the situation will have improved by the time you're out here.

    #2 Posted: 29/9/2007 - 06:39

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