Thursday, September 27th, 2007


Evidence of Death

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Rangoon was covered with gunfire smoke on Thursday as security forces and armed military troops used an iron fist to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators in the second day of the Burmese junta’s crackdown on the largest democracy uprising in 20 years. State media reported Thursday evening that nine protesters were killed.
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Brutality and defiance marked the second day of an armed crackdown in Myanmar today as the military junta tried to crush a wave of nationwide protests in the face of harsh international condemnation.
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Local residents in South Okkalapa township have surrounded security forces who returned to Ngway Kyar Yan monastery to arrest the abbot following last night’s raids.
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About 100 monks and laymen were arrested last night following a brutal attack by the military at Ngway Kyar Yan Monastery in South Okkalapa township in Rangoon, Burma.
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The security forces which are cracking down on protesters in Rangoon are soldiers from Light Infantry Division 77, according to Htay Aung, an exiled researcher on military affairs for the Network for Democracy and Development. (more…)

Most of Burma’s (Myanmar) mobile phone lines have been cut and the Internet network has been drastically reduced since the military junta cracked down on peaceful protesters this week. Charges by police and troops on demonstrators in Rangoon, especially near the Shwedagon pagoda, have left several dead, while dozens of people have been arrested and injured. Security forces opened fire on demonstrators near the Tarder Hotel in the centre of Rangoon Thursday.
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Burmese police in a pre-dawn raid arrested two prominent Chin politicians Pu Cin Sian Thang and Pu Thawng Kho Thang along with others belonging to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party (NLD).
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Akyab:  Despite the military authority’s ban on assembly of more than five people, a demonstration with an estimated 50,000 participants ended peacefully in Akyab. The authorities did not intervene.
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Despite international condemnation of the Myanmarese government, competition for oil and gas will likely limit pressure on it from China and others in the region.
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France has not asked the energy giant Total to withdraw from Myanmar, its human rights minister said Thursday, after President Nicolas Sarkozy urged the group to freeze investments in the country.
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Asean countries expressed dire concerns about the Burmese military government’s violent crack down on pro-democracy demonstrations this week.
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Clashes between protesters and security forces in Myanmar pose a serious challenge for China, which has long backed the country’s unpopular military rulers and is pushing the junta to negotiate with its opponents.
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Members of India’s parliament have criticized the ruling government for failing to push Burma’s military government on the path to democracy and national reconciliation.
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Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont urged the military rulers of neighbouring Myanmar on Wednesday to avoid violence in dealing with the biggest anti-junta protests in 20 years.
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After initial resistance from China, the U.N. Security Council issued a statement of concern about Myanmar’s violent crackdown on Buddhist monks and urged the military regime to let in a special envoy.
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World governments vowed Wednesday to hold Myanmar’s military rulers to account for a bloody crackdown on mass street protests, as the UN Security Council expessed concern over the violence and backed the visit of a UN envoy to the country.
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The United States demanded Thursday that Myanmar’s military rulers end an “outrageous” and deadly crackdown on anti-government protestors and called for more global pressure on the junta.
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The Bush administration announced Thursday that it was imposing economic sanctions against Myanmar’s senior government officials, amid a crackdown on anti-government protesters there.
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