Thursday, September 27, 2007

Myanmar Forces In New Crackdown, 9 Killed.

I can’t believe the situation have develop so fast and so far, Myanmar - Security forces actually fired automatic weapon at their people, hurting and killing them. One reporter is also dead. Read this.

YANGON, Myanmar - Security forces fired automatic weapons into thousands of pro-democracy protesters for a second day Thursday, and the military government said nine people were killed and 11 wounded.

Tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta's crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations. Security forces also raided several monasteries overnight, beating monks and arresting more than 100, according to a monk at one monastery.
The protests were the stiffest challenge to the generals in two decades, a crisis that began Aug. 19 with protests over a fuel price hike and has drawn increasing international pressure on the isolated regime.

Ye Htut, a government spokesman, said the riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in the country's largest city Yangon, killing nine and injuring 11 people. Thirty-one government troops were also injured, he said.

Among the dead was Kenji Nagai, 50, a journalist covering the protests in Yangon for Japanese video news agency APF News. He was confirmed dead after his father and company representative identified him in a photo, a Japanese Embassy official in Myanmar told The Associated Press by telephone.

Nagai, who had been covering the protests since Tuesday, was one of several people found dead Thursday, according to Japanese Foreign Ministry officials, citing Myanmar officials.


James Chia said...

It's already much better than the 1988 pro-democracy protests. If not for the monks, the military leaders would have suppressed them and probably killed hundreds or thousands by this time.

BACTS said...

It is a really sad incident, 9 life is already a lot to me. I hope and chant for these poor people that the tragic don’t escalate further.