Junta Issues Curfew to Stem Protests

Monks vow to keep marching as government sends troops to rally sites
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 6:02 PM CDT
Junta Issues Curfew to Stem Protests
In this image released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, Buddhist monks defied orders to stay off the streets and marched against the military government. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. It was the eight day of street demonstrations against the government in Myanmar. (AP Photo/Democratic...   (Associated Press)

Burma issued a dusk-to-dawn curfew and warned it will crack down on any large meetings, but protesters still marched by the tens of thousands today. The junta also sent out armed troops and declared it time to "take action," raising fears that it will repeat its 1988 crackdown, in which soldiers killed 3,000 people, the BBC reports.

Students, politicians, and workers joined the monks today to chant for dialogue and democracy, some carrying pictures of a peacock used by marchers in  1988. The monks vowed to ignore the curfew, which the military warned will be in effect for 60 days. At the UN, world leaders condemned the situation as Bush called the US "outraged." (More Burma stories.)

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