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In pictures: Mood darkens in Burma
Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK


Chaos broke out on the streets of Rangoon as Burmese security forces cracked down on anti-government protesters.


It was the ninth consecutive day of unrest, as the protesters demanded an end to the rule of the military junta


Security forces reportedly surrounded six monasteries in Rangoon, the largest city in this deeply religious country.


Dozens of protesters, including Buddhist monks, were injured, and at least 100 people have been arrested.


Some of the monks have reportedly urged civilians not to join in their demonstrations.


But some witnesses said civilians were shielding monks marching elsewhere in the city.
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Burma protests follow night raids

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Images of damage on Rangoon's streets have been emerging

Thousands of protesters are back on the streets of Burma's main city Rangoon after overnight raids in which monks were reportedly beaten and arrested.
Police are reported to have fired shots at demonstrators. Witnesses said at least one person collapsed.
Witnesses said soldiers stormed six monasteries overnight, smashing windows and doors and beat the sleeping monks.
About 200 Buddhist monks were reported to have been detained during raids on two monasteries in Rangoon.
As protests resumed, only a small number of monks could be seen among the crowd. Many of the protesters were heard chanting nationalist songs.

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Two members of the National League for Democracy, the party led by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were also arrested overnight.
There were also reports of raids in the north-east of the country.
The arrests come a day after five people were reported to have been killed when police broke up protests by monks and civilians. The military government has confirmed one death.
Barricades
In Rangoon, security forces have set up barbed wire barricades around Shwedagon Pagoda and Rangoon city hall, two of the focal points for the demonstrations.

The junta are using dirty tactics - they don't fire guns but beat people with rifle butts


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The British ambassador in Rangoon, Mark Canning, said soldiers and police had stepped up their presence.
"There are truckloads of troops in a number of locations - more than there seemed to be yesterday," he told the BBC.
"There are fire trucks, water canons positioned in a number of places - there are about three of them outside city hall. There are a number of prison vans also to be seen in certain places."
Leaflets have been circulated throughout Rangoon urging people to come out and show solidarity with the monks.
UN debate
There are no indications yet that the military government is ready to listen to the many calls for restraint being made around the world, says the BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head.
On Wednesday, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting in New York and called on the military junta to show restraint - a call also made by China on Thursday.
The US and European Union wanted the council to consider imposing sanctions - but that was rejected by China as not "helpful".



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Instead, council members "expressed their concern vis-a-vis the situation, and have urged restraint, especially from the government of Myanmar," said France's UN ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert.
They welcomed a plan to send UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to the region, and called on the Burmese authorities to receive him "as soon as possible".
China and Russia have argued the situation in Burma is a purely internal matter. Both vetoed a UN resolution critical of Burma's rulers in January. Analysts fear a repeat of the violence in 1988, when troops opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing thousands. The protests were triggered by the government's decision to double the price of fuel last month, hitting people hard in the impoverished nation.
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Thursday, 27 September 2007
Today morning 11:30 am in Burma time
this is how they come out and try to kill people





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Mizzima News (Specializing News of Burma)

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2:05 p.m
Protesters bleeding from beatings by security forces are seen scattering and fleeing in Sule.

2:00 p.m
Protesters in Rangoon have swelled to at least 50,000 and their shouts of "We will Succeed, We will Succeed," reverberated in downtown Rangoon.

1: 55 p.m
Teargas fired on protesters
Security forces in two trucks, a prison vehicle and a medium vehicle carrying a megaphone were seen speeding on Bogyoke Street. The vehicles seem to be heading towards protesters on the Anawrattha Street, observers said.

1:50 p.m
About 400 students and youths have gathered near Burma's notorious Insein prison, eyewitnesses said.
Reports suggest that detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest at her lakeside villa, was transferred to Insein prison on Sunday.

1:40 p.m
Protesters and soldiers are now face to face at the junction of Thitsar Road and Central Road near the Ngwe Kya Yan monastery in South Okklapah. Members of USDA and Swa Arrshin stood in front of the soldiers and are confronting the protesters. Both sides threw stones at each other.

1:35 p.m
Insect spray to be used for crackdown on protesters
Since teargas seems to have not much impact on protesting monks and people, the Burmese junta is reported to be preparing to use insect spray to crackdown on protesters.
Eyewitnesses said, fire engines and insect spray carrier trucks were seen near Theingyi market in downtown Rangoon.
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Media Advisory – 26 September 2007
Buddhist Monks to Protest at Burmese Embassy in Bangkok


When: 27 September 2007 - 10.00 AM
Where: Burmese Embassy in Bangkok – 132 Sathorn Nua Rd. Bangkok 10500

On 27 September 2007 at 10:00 AM, there will be a peaceful protest at the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok. The protest will be led by Buddhist Monks who wish to show there spiritual support for their brethren in Burma. The Monks will pray and perform religious rites. The Monks will be joined by 300 Thai and Burmese activists.

Buddhist monks in Burma have been at the forefront of continued demonstrations against the military regime for the past several weeks. On 26 September, Burma’s military regime reacted to the monks’ peaceful protests with violence. As of the drafting of this media advisory, at least three monks are reported dead and many other injured.

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Clashes continue in Burma
September 27, 2007 - 5:55PM

Riot police charged a chanting crowd of more than 1,000 protesters in Rangoon after they pelted soldiers with rocks and water bottles in Burma's biggest city.

At least one person collapsed as shots were fired, witnesses said.

One man was on the ground, unconscious, but it was not clear whether he was alive or dead or whether he had been hit by a bullet or a smoke bomb canister, they said.

The trouble began when three truckloads of soldiers drove up the road to Sule Pagoda - the end point of daily mass protests against 45 years of military rule and dire economic hardship - where the crowd was demonstrating.

The crowd parted to let the trucks through, but then pelted them with whatever they had in hand.

The soldiers responded with what appeared to be smoke bombs, shots were fired and the protesters fled in several directions, the witnesses said.
One group of about 200 people retreated about 200 metres and took up their chants again, calling on the junta not to arrest monks, release political prisoners and cut prices.

The military government has admitted one person was killed on Wednesday in the latest mass demonstration which grew from small protest marches against massive fuel price increases in August.

The junta statement said a 30-year-old man was killed by a police bullet. It said two men and a woman also were hurt when police fired, but did not specify their injuries.

Buddhist monks say five of their colleagues were killed on Wednesday.
Early on Thursday, security forces raided two Buddhist monasteries, beating up and hauling away more than 70 monks despite international appeals for restraint.

The monks have been demanding more democratic freedoms, the release of political activists and economic reforms in the impoverished nation.

A monk at the Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery, pointing to bloodstains on the concrete floor, said a number of monks were beaten and at least 70 of its 150 monks taken away in vehicles. Shots were fired in the air during the chaotic raid, he said.

A female lay disciple said a number of monks were also arrested at the Moe Gaung monastery which was being guarded by soldiers. Both monasteries are located in Rangoon's northern suburbs.

The street protests have brewed over the past month into the biggest rallies against Burma's military rulers since 1988. In that crisis, soldiers shot into crowds of peaceful demonstrators, killing some 3,000 people.

Early on Thursday, security forces arrested Myint Thein, the spokesman for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party, family members said. An executive of her National League for Democracy, Hla Pe, was also arrested, according to exiled league member Ko Maung Maung.

An Asian diplomat told The Associated Press that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi remained at her Rangoon residence where she has been detained for 12 years.

Rumours had circulated that she had been taken away to Rangoon's notorious Insein prison.

The diplomat said that junta had deployed more security forces around Suu Kyi's house and on the road leading to her residential compound and that more than 100 soldiers were now inside the compound.

"The sign of increasing security forces make me confident that she is still there," the diplomat said. He said others told him that they had seen the diminutive opposition leader in her home on Wednesday night.

The diplomat also said flyers were spreading around Rangoon on Thursday, encouraging more civilians to join the protests..

Dramatic images of Wednesday's protests, many transmitted by dissidents using mobile phones and the internet, focussed world attention on the escalating faceoff between the military regime and its opponents.

The United States called on Burma's military leaders to open a dialogue with peaceful protesters in the reclusive Asian nation and urged China to do what it can to prevent further bloodshed.

"We all need to agree on the fact that the Burmese government has got to stop thinking that this can be solved by police and military, and start thinking about the need for genuine reconciliation with the broad spectrum of political activists in the country," said US Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill in Beijing.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was sending a special envoy to the region, urged the junta "to exercise utmost restraint toward the peaceful demonstrations taking place, as such action can only undermine the prospects for peace, prosperity and stability in Myanmar (Burma)."


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15;00 in burma time

right now
they're using fire engines
and hitting people
and dragging them onto E2000 trucks
and most of them are girls
and people are shouting

(Bogyoke payy tel sit pinnyar pyi thu tway go thet pho` ma hote bu)

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Today picture in Sule around noon

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Today picture in Sule around noon

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Today picture in Sule around noon before open fire(now regime open fire into these group, and usend fireengine to sweep the blood on the street )

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Now, the government is trying to make a diversion. They give 10,000 kyats (around $7) & a set of Thin Gan to "Swan Arr Shin" team and make them to pretend as Monks. Then, command to destroy the Islamic Mosque. This intends to become a fight between Buddhisms & Islams. So, if u hear or see the news that the monks are destroying the Mosque, these are not real monks. They are just fakes. As u all know, the real monks have no intention like that. So, give this information to Islams who u know and tell them

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Shots ring out at Burmese protest


Images of damage on Rangoon's streets have been emerging

Burmese soldiers have again fired shots as they attempt to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in the main city, Rangoon.

Witnesses said shots were fired into the crowd, and that at least one person fell to the ground. The military is reportedly broadcasting warnings that the protesters should go home or face "serious action".

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Mizzima News (Specializing News of Burma)
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3:10 p.m
Another violent confrontation in downtown Rangoon

A group of protestors marching towards downtown Rangoon are again confronted by security forces near the Trader Hotel in Rangoon.

"From all the four sides, forming four lines of soldiers with shields march in the front and they are followed by riot police (Lone Htein), and another group of soldiers followed in third line.

The soldiers come close together and formed a wall with their shields.

And they forced the protestors to disperse.

People are watching the situation from the Pansodan flyover.

Here the protestors are quite less in number.

There are only about 10,000 people. They are now confronting with the army on the streets," an eyewitness told Mizzima.

"Now the soldiers are shouting and telling the people to disperse," added the eyewitness.

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3:28 p.m
Security forces (Lone Htein), with soldiers and prison vehicles, are marching towards the protestors near the Trader Hotel. Soldiers continue to warn the people to disperse.

3:35 p.m
An International aid agency worker said, the army gave only two minutes to disperse before they open fire on protestors at Sule.
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Military raids monasteries, bashes and arrests monks
Sep 27, 2007

(DVB)—About 700 monks and civilians were arrested late last night following a brutal attack by the military on at least three monasteries in Rangoon.
At the Ngway Kyar Yan Monastery in South Okkalapa township eyewitnesses described the scene of the arrests as unbelievable.

"Many spots of blood could still be seen in the morning in the monastery compound and nearby," one witness said.

Eyewitnesses said three trucks filled with soldiers arrived at the monastery at about 12:15am this morning. When the monks refused the soldiers' demand to open the gate, a fight broke out in which both sides hurled bricks at each other for about 20 minutes.

The soldiers eventually crashed through the gate with one of the trucks and used bamboo sticks to beat everyone in the monastery, including monks, laymen, women and children, some of whom were related to or were under the care of the head abbot, or sayadaw.

One witness said the soldiers shouted "harsh, abusive words" at the monks while they were beating them. One monk who had tried to warn the monastery of the soldiers' approach was beaten unconscious as he lay on the ground.

Another witness said the soldiers were led by a two-star general who beat some of the soldiers who were reluctant to harm the monks. The attack lasted about 90 minutes, ending when about 60 monks and 40 laypeople were tossed into waiting trucks and driven to an unknown destination.

Broken glass and monks' robes could be seen scattered on the ground after the soldiers departed.

"The army stole everything from the monastery – cassette players, radios, money that had been donated, everything they could take," one witness said.

Among the arrestees were the second chief of the monastery, Sayadaw U Uttama, and another senior sayadaw, U Dhammadainna. However, the head sayadaw, who is a member of the State Sangamahanayaka Committee, was meditating in a hidden location in the monastery at the time of the assault and escaped arrest, as did a number of monks who were able to flee the soldiers.

People in the neighbourhood around the monastery gathered in the compound at dawn, many of them breaking into tears when they saw the devastation the military had left behind.

"It's impossible to believe that the government would brutalise the holy monks who represent our religion in this way," one bystander said.

Reports from Rangoon also indicate that soldiers raided several monasteries around the Moe Gound Pagoda and the Maggin monastery in Thingyangyun which provides accomodation to people living with HIV and AIDS. The incidents are though to have greatly increased the ire of monks throughout the city.

"The government is not doing this for stability. This is sacrilege directed at the religion we believe in," one Buddhist said.

Reporting by Maung Too and DVB correspondents
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More confrontations, shots heard in Myanmar, opposition radio says
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More confrontations were reported in Myanmar Thursday as the military tried to block off all monasteries and conducted overnight raids at several monasteries, the Oslo-based opposition radio station Democratic Voice of Burma said.

The radio station was trying to confirm reports that four people were killed, possibly beaten to death, in connection with the overnight raids on the monasteries, the radio station's news editor Moe Aye told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa in a telephone interview.

Shots were also heard near two of the main monasteries in Yangon, but it was not clear if the shots were warning shots or fired directly at crowds, according to the witness accounts received in Oslo.

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To all folk, it is really bad in YGN, pLs can someone do something for our country, now inside YGN it has been look like war place, i even heard stooting over the phone. it is over 50 shots, right now. but people are not giving up to protest and more and more people coming out to street.

they even used tear gas into primary school.
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3:45 p.m
Two army vehicles coming from the direction of 'Super One' mall opened fire on onlookers and bystanders near the National Library in front of the Kyaikkasan field.
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Burma Protests: Your pictures
Thursday, 27 September 2007, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK

BBC News website readers sent in these pictures from Burma on Wednesday. This shows protesters and army trucks in central Rangoon.


This picture shows a notice of curfew sent in by a foreigner living and working in Burma who did not want to be identified.


After shots were fired at Sule Pagoda, the crowd re-gathered and a small group of monks moved to the front. All of the civilians kneeled and said prayers while soldiers pointed guns.


On Wednesday afternoon, these trucks of soldiers followed the procession of monks as they changed their route of the last few days and went instead to Botahtaung pagoda.


This picture shows an injured monk receiving treatment. One eyewitness told us each monk is usually surrounded by five or six civilians.


Additional streets were blocked to prevent routes into downtown Rangoon.


Soldiers occupying Sule Pagoda. The contributor who sent this picture did not want to be identified.


Despite the military closing all access to Sule Pagoda, the monks managed to find a new route through the city and again marched in great numbers.


The number of soldiers increased as the day went on and additional streets were blocked to prevent routes into downtown.
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Myanmar monks' three demands
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Monks have formed the vanguard of opposition to Myanmar's military government [Reuters]


Uppekha is Buddhist monk and member of the All Burma Buddhist Monks Alliance, one of the groups that has led the wave of anti-government protests in Myanmar.

Based at a monastery in the northern city of Mandalay, Uppekha said he and other monks at the monastery wanted to join the protests, but that their monastery had been surrounded by soldiers.

Speaking by telephone from inside the monastery, he told Al Jazeera of the measures the monks were calling for:

There are three steps that we want.

The first step is to reduce all commodity prices, fuel prices, rice and cooking oil prices immediately.

The second step – release all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and all detainees arrested during ongoing demonstrations over the fuel price hike.

The third step – enter a dialogue with pro-democracy forces for national reconciliation immediately, to resolve the crisis and difficulties facing and suffered by the people.

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Mizzima News (Specializing News of Burma)


(Burmese Standard time)
4:00 p.m
Student badly wounded
A student, who was under the Pansodan flyover, was hit by a bullet in his stomach when soldiers opened fire on protesters . He was seriously injured.

3:55 p.m.
Foreigner wounded in Sule
A 30-year old foreigner was injured in the gunfire in Sule. A batch with an American flag was found in his purse. Security men seized his video camera.

3: 50 p.m
Demonstrator shot dead near Pansoden Bridge.
Students from Dagon (1) and Latha Basic Education High Schools sent home early. Burmese Army attacks monks marching along Thar Mwe Kyaitkasan Road. Troops fire six times.

3:45 p.m
Demonstrator killed near Sule Pagoda
"Around 2:00 p.m. civilians and monks offered prayers in Sule Pagoda. While we were praying, three military trucks carrying soldiers arrived. First they fired in the air and then into the crowd. A bullet hit a man and killed him on the spot" one of the the participants told Mizzima
Two army vehicles coming from the direction of 'Super One' mall opened fire on onlookers and bystanders near the National Library in front of the Kyaikkasan field.
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Old 27-09-2007, 05:33 PM   #222 (permalink)
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Thailand prepares for refugee influx
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More than 200 Burmese people crossed the Thai border at Mae Sot in Tak province this morning - but only to buy commodities and medicines to stockpile at home.

Thai authorities in Tak and elsewhere on the Burmese border, however, are taking no chances and preparing for a possible refugee influx if the situation continues to get out of hand inside Burma.

Authorities report that Burmese have travelled to Mae Sot via the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge from early this morning. Thailand put into effect a contingency plan called the "E-Border Pass Overview" to control both inbound and outbound trips at the border to a trickle.

As for merchants along the border, the province says they have delivered goods to Burma as usual up to this morning.
Military and administrative officials in Tak have prepared themselves for a possible influx of Burmese. The officials have also closely monitored movements of Burmese college students, monks, and labourers in the border zone of Tak. No suspicious movements have been detected so far. (Radio Thailand)

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Old 27-09-2007, 05:43 PM   #223 (permalink)
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By May Ng

September 27, 2007 - In another sign of reemergence of authoritarianism, China and Russia once again rejected the call by members of the emergency United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on the military junta in Burma for violently attacking peaceful protesters, on Wednesday.

The violent and deadly response by the Myanmar Army against the peaceful monks and the people, should come as no surprise, since the Amnesty International, ILO, the UN, Human Rights Watch, Earth Right International, Refugee Legal Aids organization, International Committee of the Red Cross, all have testified that the Myanmar junta committed brutal crimes against the people of Burma while the world was not watching, with military and economic support from China, Russia and India.

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Old 27-09-2007, 05:53 PM   #224 (permalink)
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By Richard Ehrlich and Shawn W Crispin



Than Shwe, senior general at the top of Burma's military junta
Photograph by : Agence France-Presse, Getty Images

BANGKOK - Myanmar's monk-led struggle for political change has made global headlines, but the dictator who rules the country with an iron fist, General Than Shwe, 74, is still obscure, often grimly hidden behind dark sunglasses and a military uniform decorated with medals. He is widely viewed, both at home and overseas, as the major stumbling block to national reconciliation and the restoration of democracy.

The senior general is occasionally seen in local media saluting Myanmar's powerful armed forces at parades and other state ceremonies, his jowls framing a plump, sullen face. He is also widely known to suffer from health problems, for which he frequently seeks medical care in Singapore, and some analysts wonder whether he still has the mental facilities and political judgment to manage the current crisis roiling his regime.

Rumors circulating in the Thailand-based Burmese-exile community contend that the military leader recently sent his close family members to Bangkok in case the protests spiral out of control. As the hardline junta's top general, Than Shwe would certainly have reason to fear if the growing protest movement eventually led to forced regime change.

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Old 27-09-2007, 06:07 PM   #225 (permalink)
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Time for an assisted regime change, methinks...
 
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