Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Myanmar Brutality

Today's Globe & Mail is reporting that, according to Democratic Voice of Burma, at least 138 people were killed and 6,000 imprisoned (2,400 of them Buddhist monks) as the Myanmar military junta crushes opposition. US diplomats have found 15 monasteries around Rangoon empty as the regime evicts monks. The arrested monks are being held at a former race course, forced to give up their robes, and transported to prisons in the north.

The junta appears to believe that it can avoid any serious consequences, as it enjoys continued support from Thailand, India and China. The Indian army chief of staff says that the crackdown is an "internal matter" and that New Delhi will try to maintain its "good relationship" with Rangoon.

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