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Burma's Junta Under Growing Pressure as Crackdown Intensifies

, Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- As the third day of a military crackdown on protestors begins in Burma, the mass movement is at a critical juncture. Following the arrests of hundreds of monks in the past two days, the demonstrations that had reached a peek participation of around 100,000 earlier in the week have simmered down, though tens of thousands are still marching. Meanwhile, reports on the ground indicate Burmese military forces are massing in Yangon and the administrative capital at Naypyidaw.

Government crackdowns against protesters escalated early Thursday when large-scale pre-dawn raids on Buddhist monasteries throughout Yangon were carried out by authorities. Monks were reportedly beaten and driven off in military trucks, according to sources on the ground. Images leaked from within the monasteries show blood-stained floors and overturned rooms. ...

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