Myanmar authorities said they seized weapons from Buddhist monatasteries and announced dozens of new arrests, defying global outrage over their violent repression of protestors who sought an end to 45 years of dictatorship.
Recent raids on monasteries turned up guns, knives and ammunition, though it was not yet clear to whom they belonged, according to The New Light of Myanmar, a mouthpiece of the junta. The government threatened to punish any monks that violate the law, stepping up pressure on clerics who led the protests.
"Monks must adhere to the laws of God and the government," the newspaper said Sunday. "If they violate those laws, action could be taken against them."