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Spineless Military Junta Cracks Down On Myanmar Protests

Posted by jeremiasx on September 27, 2007

Where is the real gung ho spirit of “bringing democracy to the oppressed” now, Mr. Bush? Oh…I guess China didn’t say it was cool to screw with Myanmar…yup.

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YANGON (Reuters) – At least nine people were killed in Myanmar on Thursday as soldiers and police cleared the streets of central Yangon by giving protesters 10 minutes to leave or be shot, tightening a two-day crackdown on the largest uprising in 20 years.

Far fewer demonstrators took to the streets as the ruling military junta clamped down and soldiers raided monasteries in the middle of the night, rounding up hundreds of the monks who had been leading protests.

State television said at least nine people were killed.

One of dead was a Japanese photographer, shot when soldiers cleared the area near Sule Pagoda — a city-center focus of the protests — as loudspeakers blared out warnings, ominous reminders of the ruthless crushing of a 1988 uprising in which more than 3,000 people were killed.

In another area of Yangon, the country’s largest city, soldiers of the 77nd Light Infantry Division opened fire into crowds after a military truck drove into protesters, onlookers said. Three people were killed on the spot.

As international concern mounted, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in an unusually strongly worded statement, demanded that member Myanmar stop using violence and voiced “revulsion” at the killings in Yangon.

U.S. President George W. Bush called on all countries with influence over Myanmar to tell the junta to stop using force against the demonstrators. His administration announced sanctions against senior government figures.

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