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Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas canisters while hauling Buddhist monks away in trucks Wednesday as they tried to stop anti-government demonstrations in defiance of a ban on assembly.
About 300 monks and activists were arrested across Yangon, according to an exile dissident group, and reporters saw a number of monks -- who are highly revered in Myanmar -- being dragged into trucks.
Report: Buddhist monks arrested, beaten by Myanmar security forces
YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- Myanmar security authorities used tear gas, warning shots and force Wednesday to break up a peaceful demonstration by scores of Buddhist monks gathered near a pagoda in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, according to an opposition Web site gathering information from sources within the secretive country.
The world has been watching as tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and other citizens have been demonstrating for freedom, democracy and respect for human rights in cities throughout Myanmar.
Since last week thousands of monks, barefoot and dressed in red robes, have taken to the streets of Yangon, with few incidents. However, on Wednesday the opposition-issued report -- which CNN cannot independently verify -- painted a different picture.
Protesting "monks were beaten and bundled into waiting army trucks," the report posted on www.irrawaddy.com said, adding about 50 monks were arrested and taken to undisclosed locations. (Posted 3:45 a.m.)