Monk Revolution Heats Up; More Deaths, Beatings Reported

Buddhist monk and Myanmar people run past motorcycle that was burned in Yangon. - AP

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.

From AP:

Images of the protests have been transmitted by dissidents using cell phones and the Internet, focusing attention on the escalating faceoff.

The lead:

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.

Tens of thousands defied the ruling military junta’s crackdown with a 10th straight day of demonstrations. Security forces also raided several monasteries overnight, beating monks and arresting more than 100, according to a monk at one monastery.

Journalist dead:

Among the dead was Kenji Nagai, 50, a journalist covering the protests in Yangon for Japanese video news agency APF News. He was confirmed dead after his father and company representative identified him in a photo, a Japanese Embassy official in Myanmar told The Associated Press by telephone.

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