Relentless Myanmar Junta Pursues Reprisals

Military continues roundup, beatings of activists
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2007 4:38 AM CDT
Relentless Myanmar Junta Pursues Reprisals
A soldier patrols Yangon's landmark Shwedagon Pagoda as it reopens on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007. After days of delays, Myanmar's reclusive junta leader, Senior Gen. Than Shwe, finally granted an audience Tuesday to a U.N. envoy hoping to broker an end to Myanmar's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters....   (Associated Press)

Burma's military junta is continuing to exact a harsh revenge on pro-democracy activists, despite an end to large-scale demonstrations. In the wake of a recent visit by a UN special envoy, the government is disregarding calls for restraint and continuing to round up and beat monks, nuns and civilians. Last night soldiers arrested dozens of people who tried to prevent a raid on a monastery.

Japanese officials, meanwhile, considered what action to take against the junta in the shooting death last week of a Japanese journalist whose body was returned to Japan yesterday.  Authorities will conduct an autopsy on the 50-year-old video journalist as part of a murder investigation. Officials have indicated they may suspend $4.3 million in aid to Burma. (More Burma stories.)

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