Global Protests for Myanmar

from AP:

YANGON, Myanmar – A day of global protests against Myanmar‘s junta began in cities across Asia Saturday, after the military regime admitted detaining hundreds of Buddhist monks when troops turned their guns on pro-democracy demonstrators last week.

Hoping to send a message to the generals that the world is still watching the situation, rights group Amnesty International organized marches in more than two dozen Asian, European and North American cities.

Hundreds marched in the Australian city of Melbourne behind a banner demanding “No More Bloodshed.” A smaller crowd of about 50 turned out in Bangkok, Thailand. In Malaysia‘s biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Friday evening outside the city’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers.

More rallies were planned in New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland, the U.S. and Canada.

The junta’s treatment of the Buddhist monks — who are revered in this deeply religious nation and led the street protests — is a key issue that could further inflame the people of Myanmar and anger soldiers loyal to the military rulers.

The government insisted most of the monks it detained had already been freed, with only 109 still in custody, according to an official statement broadcast Friday night on state TV. The report noted the junta was still hunting for four more monks it believed were ringleaders of the rallies.

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Soldiers hunt dissidents in Myanmar

From the AP:

YANGON, Myanmar – Soldiers announced that they were hunting pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar‘s largest city Wednesday and the top U.S. diplomat in the country said military police were pulling people out of their homes during the night.

Military vehicles patrolled the streets before dawn with loudspeakers blaring that: “We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!”

 

Shari Villarosa, the acting U.S. ambassador in Myanmar, said in a telephone interview that people in Yangon were terrified.

 

“From what we understand, military police … are traveling around the city in the middle of the night, going into homes and picking up people,” she said.

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