Burma: the beat-down goes on

Despite the attempt by the ruling military regime to cut off communications with the outside world, some news continues to trickle out of the South Asian nation, as posted here Monday night. Now CNN has received a video, at least two days old, which gives a tiny glimpse into what is happening. Gateway Pundit has that, and more:

WARNING: disturbing violence.

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari was finally allowed an audience with the junta’s Senior General Than Shwe after being put off for days. He is now returning to New York, where he will report to the UN on the crisis.

The UN is already calling on the regime to cooperate in releasing information about those killed and arrested, according to Bloomberg.com. Having apparently crushed the protests, the police are now hunting down activists, according to the Associated Press:

After squashing a pro-democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar’s junta switched to a terror campaign, dragging people from their homes at night and letting others know they were marked for arrest.

Military vehicles patrolled the streets before dawn Wednesday with loudspeakers blaring, “We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!”

Buddhist monks in the main city of Yangon were ordered to vacate their monasteries — the flash points of protests last week — and told to go back home to prevent future unrest.

Scores of monks jammed Yangon’s main train station but it was not clear who had ordered them to leave. Some in Myanmar say the older abbots are closely tied with the junta, while the younger monks are more sympathetic to the democracy protesters.

“People are terrified,” said Shari Villarosa, the acting U.S. ambassador in Myanmar. “People have been unhappy for a long time. Since the events of last week, there’s now the unhappiness combined with anger, and fear.”

Read the rest at the link above. As I’ve said before, China is the only country with enough influence on the junta to force any action, and the Chinese government has never shown great concern for human rights.

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