Friday, September 28, 2007

BREAKING: Burma (Myanmar) : 100 students, parents killed, 200 dead, 700 monks arrested

just got this and it is disturbing.
i'm posting this as is.

Situation in Burma, Update
9:11 PM, Sep 27, Washington DC
7:41 AM, Sep 28, Rangoon

About 200 Protesters Killed, over 700 Arrested and Hospitals
Instructed not to send Ambulances, Snipers Used to Shoot at Leaders

I have reported this morning that numbers of arrest were about 150. However, I was wrong. According to several eye witness accounts, number of arrest yesterday night was more than 700 and number of death was more than two hundreds. Please see the details below.

(1) Yesterday night (Sep 27 in Rangoon), the junta’s security forces have raided some major Monasteries in Rangoon, Mandalay, Pakkoku, Sittwe, Mon Ywar and many other cities. In Rangoon, we can confirm that at least a dozen of Monasteries in Tamwe, Thingangyun, South Okkalapa, Bahan and North Okkalapa Townships. Soldiers came at midnight or early morning and entered the monastery compounds with force. Then they run to the monasteries as they were trying to occupy the enemy camps, by shooting, shouting and beating anyone on their ways and destroying and stealing all belongings. A number of monks were killed and several others were severely injured during the raids. In Rangoon alone, over seven hundred monks were arrested yesterday night.

(2) Five eye witnesses told me about the raid at the Ngwe Kyar Yan
Monastery in South Okkalapa Township. Several hundreds of soldiers came quietly with 24 trucks at midnight. They stopped the trucks nearby the Monastery and run into the Monastery with shouting dirty words. Then they broke the door and entered the compound. Some monks fought back by throwing stones at them, but they were not able to resist the brutal attack of the soldiers, who are trained to kill.
They also fired several shots at monks. Everybody in the neighborhood heard the voices of gun fires, shouting, crying, etc. At 2:00 AM, the soldiers left the compound with over 200 monks whom they have captured. Nobody dared to go out as they needed to obey the curfew order. In the morning today when they went to the Monasteries, they saw the bloods everywhere and all buildings were destroyed. Some monks told them that senior Abbot of the Monastery and three other monks were killed by gun-shots and beating and soldiers brought their dead bodies. About 50 monks were left at the monastery with severe trauma and injuries and people from neighborhood tried to cure injuries they have sustained. However, soldiers came again at 10:30 AM in the morning to pick up the rest of monks. They announced with loud-speakers to the public to move away from the monastery and they took the monks with the trucks they were riding. Thousands of angry people blocked the road from front and back of them and asked the soldiers to leave the monks alone. Tense confrontation between angry crowd and the soldiers lasted two hours with shooting fire and tear gas by the soldiers and throwing stones by the people from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Then additional troops came in with several trucks, fired several warning shots in the air and threatened to shoot at the crowd.
Finally, the angry people decided to give way to the soldiers and they left from the street. Ngwe Kyar Yan Monastery is very respected by the residents for its discipline, Buddhist teaching and its cooperation with the residents. This Monastery is also famous for its participation in the 1988 popular democracy uprising in Burma.

(3) The other monasteries, including Meggin Monastery in Thingangyun Township, Sasana Veikman, Sasana Gonyi and Sasana Theikpan monasteries in Bahan Township, were also raided with same fashion by the soldiers at yesterday night and at least, seven hundred monks were brutally attacked and arrested by the soldiers in Rangoon alone.

(4) As the news of the soldiers’ raids on the monasteries and casualties and arrest of monks spread all over the city, angry people came to the streets to challenge the junta for its injustices today, Sep 27. Hundred of thousands of people came to streets and confronted with blood-thirsty soldiers at various parts of the city. Security forces mercilessly fired at the crowd, threw tear gas and smoke bombs at the crowd and beaten the crowd with batons and rifle butts. Hundreds of the peaceful protesters were killed by soldiers nearby Sule Pagoda, at Bahan, at Thingangyun, at State High School No.3 in Tamwe Township, etc. The Rangoon General Hospital has received over 100 dead bodies today.

(5) Eye witnesses said that soldiers fired with automatic rifles at State High School No. 3 in Tamwe Township. Now is the examination period in Burma and the school was full with young students who were sitting for an examination and their parents who were waiting for their kids. Actually, soldiers shot at the student protesters who were staging peaceful protest in front the school and bullets flied into the school randomly. About one hundred students and their parents were killed.

(6) Hospitals in Rangoon are instructed by the junta not to send
ambulances to anywhere unless they have permission from the authority. Some angry doctors confronted with Dr. Kyaw Myint, the junta’s minister of health and they were told to obey the order. Numbers of death became more as victims were not able hospitalized in time.

(7) Among the death, one is the Japanese photographer who worked for AFP. Sources said that another foreigner, a German national, was also killed and an American sustained gun-shot wound.

(8) NLD leaders were also arrested yesterday night. NLD CEC U Hla Pe and a spokesperson U Myint Thein were taken into custody by police. U Hla Pe’s son died by a shock just 15 minutes after his father was taken. Two ethnic leaders, U Pu Chin Sian Thang and U Htaung Ko Thang were also arrested along with NLD Rangoon Divisional Organizing Committee Members Dr. Win Naing, U Hla Thein and U Than Naing. According to NLD, over 40 NLD members were arrested.

(9) According to various sources, several leaders of the protest were killed by snipers, who shot them from above nearby Sule Pagoda. They believed that snipers shot those whom they thought as the leaders of the protest from the roof top of the Rangoon City Hall.

(10) Meanwhile, remaining leaders of All Burma Monks’ Alliance, the 88 Generation Students, the 88 Generation Journalists, All Burma Poets Group, formed a coalition called “Supervising Committee for Mass Movement” and called for the people of Burma to continue the peaceful protest.

(11) A leader of All Burma Monks’ Alliance, U Gambiya, spoke to VOA Burmese Service from his hiding place this evening and he condemned the military junta for arrest and killing. He encouraged the people of Burma not to surrender the will of the junta.

(12) As the SPDC continues to combat the protesters in day time and raid the Monasteries and homes of leading dissidents at night, the number of arrest will exceed dramatically over the current number over 1,000 since August 19, 2007. As of this writing, some monasteries in South Dagon Myothit, a Seattleite town of Rangoon, are being surrounded by several hundreds of soldiers.

Aung Din
U.S. Campaign for Burma
aungdin@uscampaignforburma.org

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Private armies? Think they'll turn their vest into a flag? Or a business?

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/tf.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK
Hi, have you heard about the crisis in Burma?

Burma is ruled by one of the worst military dictatorships in the world. This week Buddhist monks and nuns began marching and chanting prayers to call for democracy. The protests spread and hundreds of thousands of Burmese people joined in -- they've been brutally attacked by the military regime, but still the protests are spreading.

I just signed a petition calling on Burma's powerful ally China and the UN security council to step in and pressure Burma's rulers to stop the killing. The petition has exploded to over 200,000 signatures in a few days and is being advertised in newspapers around the world, delivered to the UN secretary general, and broadcast to the Burmese people by radio. We're trying to get to 1 million signatures this week, please sign below and tell everyone!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/tf.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK
Thank you for your help!

1:05 AM  

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