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Burmese Soldiers Shoot At Protesting Crowd

From those lovers of brutal dictatorships at the Associated Press:

A man lies injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at a crowd of thousands protesting in Yangon’s city centre September 27, 2007.

Myanmar soldiers fire weapons into crowd

Soldiers fired automatic weapons into a crowd of anti-government protesters Thursday as tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta’s crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations.

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press that several people, including a Japanese national, were found dead following Thursday’s protests…

Witnesses told the AP that five men were arrested and severely beaten Thursday after soldiers fired into a crowd near a bridge across the Pazundaung River on the east side of downtown Yangon.

Shots were fired after several thousand protesters on the west side of the river ignored orders to disband.

In other parts of the city, some protesters shouted “Give us freedom, give us freedom!” at soldiers. Thousands ran through the streets after warning shots were fired into crowds that had swollen to 70,000. Bloody sandals were left lying in the road.

Thursday’s protests followed early morning raids on Buddhist monasteries during which soldiers reportedly beat up monks and arrested more than 100…

Myanmar’s state-run newspaper blamed “saboteurs inside and outside the nation” for causing the protests in Yangon, and said the demonstrations were much smaller than the media are reporting.

“Saboteurs from inside and outside the nation and some foreign radio stations, who are jealous of national peace and development, have been making instigative acts through lies to cause internal instability and civil commotion,” The New Light of Myanmar, which serves as a mouthpiece for the military government said Thursday…

Several other monasteries that are considered hotbeds of the pro-democracy movement were raided by security forces before dawn in an apparent attempt to prevent the demonstrations spearheaded by the Buddhist clergy.

A monk at Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery pointed to bloodstains on the concrete floor and said a number of monks were beaten and at least 100 of its 150 monks taken away in vehicles. Shots were fired in the air during the chaotic raid, he said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

“Soldiers slammed the monastery gate with the car, breaking the lock and forcing it into the monastery,” the monk said. “They smashed the doors down, broke windows and furniture. When monks resisted, they shot at the monks and used tear gas and beat up the monks and dragged into trucks.”

Empty bullet shells, broken doors, furniture and glass peppered the bloodstained, concrete floor of the monastery…

Where is the outrage? Heck, where is any real media coverage?

Once upon a time the death of even one Buddhist monk would get front page banner headlines.

But our press guardians always seem to turn a blind eye when it comes to brutally repressive tin horn dictatorships. 

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, September 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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