Thursday, October 04, 2007

Day of international blogging for Burma

According to the Associated Press,

YANGON, Myanmar [Burma] – After crushing the democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar’s junta switched tactics Wednesday, sending troops to drag people from their homes in the middle of the night and letting others know they were marked for arrest.

People living near the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most revered shrine and a flash point of unrest during the protests, reported that police swept through several dozen homes about 3 a.m., dragging away many men for questioning. ...

Dozens of Buddhist monks jammed Yangon’s main train station after being ordered to vacate their monasteries – centers of the anti-government demonstrations – and told to go back to their hometowns and villages. ...

After the night of widespread detentions, military vehicles patrolled the streets in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, with loudspeakers blaring a warning: “We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!” ...

Will the photos that alerted the world to the democracy protests serve as death warrants?

Sign a truly international pro-democracy petition here.

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