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27 Sep 07, 15:04
James: Beware! I can confirm that in 96 hours a group of elite American former soldiers -acting on their own accord- are coming to risk their lives to tip the balance for peace
27 Sep 07, 15:08
James: I must go now. Peace be with all Burmese who work for peace. Peace will fall from the sky on the heads of opressors. We're only 5 but we're a damn good five.
Foreigner wounded in Sule
A 30-year old foreigner was injured in the gunfire in Sule. A batch with an American flag was found in his purse. Security men seized his video camera.
Some Burmese troops have declared their support for the Buddhist monks who have led mass protests in the first apparent sign of disaffection in the army, exiled Burmese sources said today.
It is 14:30 now and the riot police and army are trying to disperse the crowds on the street. At about 12:30 the whole street was filled with demonstrators. Then the soldiers started to shoot and use tear gas and then they charged with batons and took away some of the protesters. I heard that one person was killed. The crowds were yelling at the soldiers "your task is not to kill us citizens". At about 14:00 about the soldiers advanced towards the road in front of our office shouting through a loudspeaker at the crowds to disperse. The demonstrators went away, probably to another part of the town. There were only about 12 monks leading them. Similar things are happening in other parts of the town where there are protests. There are soldiers in almost all strategic parts of the town trying to disperse the crowd. There is a little restraint still as they give warnings before doing anything and the people have some time to disperse. I hope that things will get better without more bloodshed. Anonymous Rangoon resident
They're beating the crowd in front of Traders Hotel. Around 2,000 were taking part in a peaceful demonstration. There were also monks and people sat down to pay respect. They started the beating as the people sat down to bow. Tear gas were used again. Someone saw 20 trucks full of soldiers heading towards downtown. The junta has begun a full scale war against innocent civilians. Sai, Rangoon
There are many deaths on the streets of Rangoon. There were many deaths by gun-shots but the military is taking away the bodies so that they can hide their inhumane violence on civilians. Now even spectators on the streets, who are not involved in the protests are being shot at. Wai, Rangoon
Originally posted by Sri Oracle
My question is... where are bush and his cronies? We can spend a billion dollars a day and 160,000 troops in iraq to "help end sectarian violence"... but to quell a civil-ly violent government acting against the will of its people...
but no oil in burma so, no military support for the monks from the bush crew.