Myanmar: Soldiers fire warning shots into protesters; one man injured

September 27, 2007 11:23

Warning shots were fired by soldiers above a new wave of protesters in downtown Yangon on Thursday, with an estimated 70,000 anti-government demonstrators braving a crackdown that has drawn international appeals for restraint by Myanmar's ruling junta. Witnesses said at least one man had been shot, though the weapons fire did not appear to be aimed directly at the crowd that had gathered at Sule Pagoda. Protesters shouted at the soldiers, angry about early morning raids by security forces on Buddhist monasteries. Soldiers reportedly beat up and arrested more than 100 monks, who have spearheaded the largest challenge to the junta since a failed uprising in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1988.

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