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3 Monks Dead As Burmese Attack Protesters

From an approving Associated Press:

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Violent crackdown launched in Myanmar

The government said its security forces opened fire Wednesday on demonstrators who failed to disperse, killing one person, and witnesses said police beat and dragged away dozens of Buddhist monks in the most violent crackdown against the protests that began last month in Myanmar.

While dissident groups reported as many as five dead, including monks, the military junta’s announcement on state radio and television was the first acknowledgment that force has been used to suppress the protests and the first admission that blood had been shed. The dissidents also said about 300 monks and activists were arrested…

Myanmar’s government said the security forces fired after the crowd of 10,000 people, including “so-called monks,” failed to disperse at Yangon’s Sule Pagoda. It said the police used minimum force.

The dead man, aged 30, was apparently hit by a ricocheting shell, the announcement said.

It said the wounded, two men aged 25 and 27, and a 47-year-old woman, were not hurt by gunshots but rather from being caught in a melee.

Witnesses who were known to the AP said they had seen two women and one young man with gunshot wounds in the chaotic confrontations.

Reports from exiled Myanmar journalists and activists in Thailand said security forces had shot and killed as many as five people in Yangon…

Zin Linn, information minister for the Washington-based National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, which is Myanmar’s self-styled government-in-exile, said at least five monks were killed, while an organization of exiled political activists in Thailand, the National League for Democracy-Liberated Area said three monks had been confirmed dead, and about 17 wounded…

The security forces fired warning shots and tear gas to try to disperse the crowds of demonstrators while hauling away defiant Buddhist monks into waiting trucks — the first mass arrests since protests in this military dictatorship erupted Aug. 19…

As these gigantic protests have been against a brutal dictatorship, they have gotten precious little attention from our media and our “human rights” groups.

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Why is that always the way?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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