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article imageSylvester Stallone on Burma: 'This is a hellhole beyond your wildest dreams'

By Chris V. Thangham     Oct 2, 2007 in Crime
Filming his “Rambo” sequel near the Burma (Myanmar) border, Sylvester Stallone said Burma is more horrific than Vietnam and Cambodia. He and his crew witnessed some unspeakable atrocities along the Myanmar border.
Stallone gave an interview about his film and the Myanmar situation. He said the Myanmar situation is worse than Vietnam and Cambodia massacres. He witnessed survivors with legs cut off, plenty of land-mine injuries, maggot-infested wounds and ears cut off.
Stallone just returned to the U.S. eight days ago after shooting the movie “John Rambo,” a sequel in the Rambo series. They filmed on the Salween River separating Thailand from Myanmar. He was in Thailand for the last six months, most of it along this river where he was able to see the Myanmar situation across the river.
Stallone told AP: "This is a hellhole beyond your wildest dreams. All the trails are mined. The only way into Burma is up the river."
This interview was before the crackdown last week, so there could have been more atrocities then. There is a rumor the military killed more than 1,000 people during the riots. The monks and the general public are protesting the government's decision to increase the fuel prices in August and have turned to a mass protest.
As AP reports: "For decades, Myanmar's army has waged a brutal war against ethnic groups in which soldiers have razed villages, raped women and killed innocent civilians."
While filming, Stallone said many shots were fired over their heads to warn them to stop. Stallone and his film crew proceeded, however, and completed the movie without any further serious incidents.
The new “John Rambo” movie features Rambo, the Vietnam War-era Green Beret, doing rescue operations. This time he tries to rescue the missing Christian aid workers in Myanmar. The movie is currently being edited and is set to be released in January.
He said others are criticizing his movie for using the Third World country as a “Rambo” victim, but he said he has nothing against Myanmar’s people -- only the brutal regime.
In my opinion, Stallone is only confirming what many thousands have reported so far about Myanmar. The UN and countries like China (a large supporter for Myanmar) are not doing enough to stem violence and atrocities. I hope it is not forgotten soon, as it will become terrible for the people and monks living there.
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