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Military sources in Rangoon are claiming that the regime's number two, General Maung Aye (right), has staged a coup against Than Shwe, and that his troops are now guarding Aung San Suu Kyi's home.
Burma Cracks Down on Journalists, Internet
...The government disconnected the Internet at 11 a.m. today, adding to the country's isolation. The leading ISP, an offshoot of the ministry of technologies, tried to blame it on a technical problem with an underwater cable. Reuters said no one was answering the phone at the ISP's headquarters. Everyone questioned by Reporters Without Borders and the BMA described the official excuse as "ridiculous." ....
At present, Burma has 34 gas pipelines covering a total length of nearly 1,800 kilometres, according to official data. Burma, with 19 onshore oil fields, has a total of 87 TCF (Trillion Cubic Feet), or 2.46 TCM (Trillion Cubic Meter) of gas in reserves and 3.2 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil reserves.
Official figures show that in the fiscal year 2004-05, which ended in March, Burma produced 7.48 million barrels of crude oil and 10.69 billion cubic meters of gas. Gas exports during the year went up to 9.5 BCM, earning over 1 billion US dollars.
"Maung Aye and his loyalists are opposed to shooting into the crowd," a source close to the military hierarchy told Mizzima referring to the major differences that the head of junta Senior General Than Shwe and his second-in-command, Vice-Senior General Maung Aye have over the brutal crack down on protesters in Burma.
Claims of military unrest and possible coup in Burma unconfirmed
As yet unconfirmed reports from military sources in Burma say that there is significant unrest in the army, with reports of mutinying in some areas and claims that a coup is taking place. Meanwhile the death toll of protesters has been growing significantly.
It is unclear how many are involved in the revolts. Reports cite heavy shooting in the former Burmese capital. The organisation Helfen ohne Grenzen (Help without Frontiers) is reporting that "Soldiers from the 66th LID (Light Infantry Divison) have turned their weapons against other government troops and possibly police in North Okkalappa township in Rangoon and are defending the protesters."
UN envoy resurrects Suu Kyi
...General Than Shwe is known to hate Ms Suu Kyi and refuses to allow her name to be mentioned in his presence.
But General Maung Aye, 69, his second-in-command, is said to be urging a tactical compromise.
Ms Suu Kyi has been kept out of public view since 2003, when the junta abandoned its dialogue and purged the head of military intelligence, who had organised talks with her...