Burma Killing Unarmed Civilians

The Burmese government is committing murder (The Guardian):

Burma’s brutal suppression of street protests has been graphically exposed in video footage that raises the possibility that soldiers deliberately shot dead a Japanese journalist.

Japan is sending a diplomat to Burma to investigate the death of Kenji Nagai, who was one of at least nine people killed when troops opened fire on protesters yesterday.

The video images – which some Japanese experts say depict Nagai being deliberately shot in the chest at close range – will pile further pressure on a regime already facing international revulsion.

They’ve switched off internet access and are doing their best to stifle dissent.  In the meantime rumors of military unrest continue to grow:

As fresh clashes broke out, bloggers inside Burma reported dissent among troops, with soldiers refusing to leave their barracks.

The reports, which could not be independently verified, said soldiers in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city, had refused to fire on demonstrators and had even been fighting each other.

For more updates (via Bob Harris at This Modern World):

Now that the inevitable crackdown has begun, with Buddhist monks being rounded up and protesters shot in the streets, if you’d like to follow what’s happening in Burma a little more closely — even after the next American celebrity gets in trouble with the law — bookmark Burma Digest.

Via MoveOn, Avaaz.org:  Stand with the Burmese Protesters.


One Response

  1. Free Burma!
    International Bloggers’ Day for Burma on the 4th of October

    International bloggers are preparing an action to support the peaceful revolution in Burma. We want to set a sign for freedom and show our sympathy for these people who are fighting their cruel regime without weapons. These Bloggers are planning to refrain from posting to their blogs on October 4 and just put up one Banner then, underlined with the words „Free Burma!“.


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