Monk Revolution Heats Up; More Deaths, Beatings Reported
If you are a tiny little dictatorship in a far corner in the world you can no longer hide. Human rights atrocities are no longer a dirty little secret an opressive regime can hide.
The world has become a smaller place.
Images of the protests have been transmitted by dissidents using cell phones and the Internet, focusing attention on the escalating faceoff.
YANGON, Myanmar — Security forces fired automatic weapons into thousands of pro-democracy protesters for a second day Thursday, and the military government said nine people were killed and 11 wounded.
UPDATES: China Pleads for Calm in Myanmar
BEIJING (AP) - China issued an evenhanded plea for calm in Myanmar on Thursday after refusing to condemn the military-run government at the United Nations, while European countries urged Beijing to put pressure on its diplomatic and economic ally to stop the violence.
France and Britain also called on Southeast Asian nations to use their influence on Myanmar's generals to halt the violent crackdown on Buddhist monks and other anti-government protesters and start talks to promote national reconciliation.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters in New York that pressure from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as neighboring China and India, "is the strongest tool we have" to prevent further violence and promote change.
BANGKOK, Thailand - Confronted by a military junta willing to pull the trigger, Buddhist monks and democracy activists in Myanmar face long odds in trying to uproot an institution that has wielded absolute power for 45 years.
Every sign of dissent over the decades has been crushed, including a major uprising in 1988 that ended when troops gunned down thousands of peaceful demonstrators and imprisoned the survivors.