Oct 28, 2007 (AP), Burma’s military government stepped up its propaganda campaign against the United States on Sunday, accusing Washington of inciting the recent pro-democracy demonstrations in a bid to install a puppet government.
"Recent protests in the country were created by the loudmouthed bully, using the exiled dissidents and traitors together with communists, internal and external anti-government destructionists," said a commentary Sunday in the Myanma Ahlin daily.
The state-run media commonly employ the phrase "loudmouthed bully" without specifically naming the country they are referring to but in a context that clearly points to the United States.
The author, who called himself Maung Pwint Lin – roughly meaning Mr. Frankly Speaking – said that the United States had tried to revive the mass uprisings of 1988 in Burma in connivance with "exiled dissidents and internal ax-handles" in order to install a puppet government. Ax-handle is jargon used by the junta to mean traitors or puppets.
The newspaper commentary said that the majority of people in Burma had opposed the recent demonstrations.
It also said that the demonstrators were instigated by foreign broadcasters like the BBC and the US government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.
Junta commentaries in the past have referred to the United States as "a super power nation," but articles in the state-run media have recently begun naming the United States and accusing it of instigating unrest.