Thursday, October 11, 2007

Only now, the full horror of Burmese junta's repression of monks emerges

"At the weekend the government said it has released more than half of the 2,171 people arrested, but exile groups estimate the number of detentions between 6,000 and 10,000.

"In Rangoon, people say they are more frightened now than when soldiers were shooting on the streets.

"'When there were demonstrations and soldiers on the streets, the world was watching,' said a professional woman who watched the marchers from her office.

"'But now the soldiers only come at night. They take anyone they can identify from their videos. People who clapped, who offered water to the monks, who knelt and prayed as they passed. People who happened to turn and watch as they passed by and their faces were caught on film. It is now we are most fearful. It is now we need the world to help us.'"
The Independent

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