The repressive government of Burma began to crack down just like they did 20 years ago. The US has spoken out against the violence but our words have had no effect. I was just wondering about all that talk about promoting democracy, freedom and liberty. I guess that was nothing but talk. It would seem that the US would get a deligation of countries that would have influence on Burma and try to negotiate some sort of solution.
Update: Internet access is cut off in Burma.
Intensifying their crackdown despite pressures from abroad, Burmese security forces raided a half-dozen Buddhist monasteries Thursday and opened fire into pockets of demonstrators who continued to demand an end to military rule despite new threats on their lives.
The Burmese government announced that nine people were killed in the violence, making it the bloodiest day in weeks of escalating protests. One of those killed was a Japanese national shooting photographs near the Sule Pagoda in downtown Rangoon, Burma’s largest city, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. Soldiers marched down the street warning over loudspeakers that anyone seen protesting risked getting shot, according to reports reaching exile groups in Thailand. (more…)