26.9.07

Burmese Protesters Face Tear Gas, Gunfire

Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas into swollen crowds of demonstrators in Burma's biggest city today, while dragging away defiant Buddhist monks into waiting trucks - the first mass arrests since protests in this military dictatorship erupted last month.

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As the ninth consecutive day of unrest began, about 10,000 monks and students along with members of Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party set off from Shwedagon to the Sule Pagoda in the heart of Rangoon, but were blocked by military trucks along the route.

Other blocs of marchers fanned out into downtown streets with armed security forces attempting to disperse them.

Full article at the Independent.

There are concerns that further protests will be met with outright violence. The protesters show no signs of backing down.

2 comments:

mark said...

i fear for the protesters

Pacian said...

Yes, it's going to get worse before it gets better. And it may not actually get better.