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One Hundred Thousand Brave Burmese March for Freedom, While Troops Start to Crack Down and Amateurs Outwit the Censors - photos and videos

NOTE: Further updates here at Last Superpower.

Monks Protesting in Burma

By flickr user racoles

Tuesday, September 25th, Yangon (Rangoon) - the Associated Press reports:

Five truckloads of soldiers were seen heading downtown in Myanmar's largest city Tuesday soon after tens of thousands of people led by Buddhist monks defied orders to stay off the streets and marched in another peaceful anti-government protest.


Monks have taken over leadership of anti-government protests that began over a month ago, leading marches for the past eight days that are the largest anti-government protests since a 1988 pro-democracy uprising was brutally suppressed by the military.


The soldiers' movements in Yangon followed announcements by the junta earlier in the day warning monks not to take part in the demonstrations and the public to stay at home or risk arrest.


Two army divisions were either already in or moving toward Yangon from outlying areas, including the 22nd, which took part in the suppression of the 1988 uprising, according to diplomats and ethnic guerrillas.

From YouTube user dennisbier09 - march on Monday September 24th.

AFP reports on bloggers getting around censorship and getting photos of the protests onto the Internet.

The article mentions The Mandalay Gazette (based in California), which publishes 4 pictures of the march here.
The Gazette also provide this picture showing the protest outside Aung Sun Suu Kyi's house


Also mentioned is the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma, which has a photo album here.

The BBC is publishing accounts from people inside Burma here.


Flickr user racoles has 12 photos of the protests, including this one below:

Monks Protesting in Burma

From YouTube user dennisbier09 - march on Monday September 24th (Part 2).

Wed Sep 26th - Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports, via monstersandcritics.com:

Yangon - Myanmar troops used batons and tear gas Wednesday to keep tens of thousands of marching monks and their layman followers out of Yangon's holiest shrines in a standoff between rifles and rust-coloured robes that is expected to end in bloodshed.

Barricaded police and soldiers beat monks and laymen back from the east gate of the Shwedagon Pagoda with batons and tear gas twice Wednesday afternoon, leaving dozens injured.

There were unconfirmed reports of two monks dying in the melee.

At least 30 monks and 50 civilians were taken away in military vehicles to an unknown destination.

Monks have used the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon's most revered temple, as a launch pad for their peaceful marches for the past nine days.

The show of force, however, failed to stop the monks from marching elsewhere.

This Google Map shows the layout of Yangon, with the important Shwedagon and Sule Pagodas marked.


NOTE: Further updates here at Last Superpower.

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