Myanmar junta turns to terror tactics; Buddhist monks ordered to hometowns

October 4, 2007 02:39

After squashing a pro-democracy uprising with guns, Myanmar's military government switched to a brutal campaign of dragging people from their homes at night and letting others know they were marked for detention. Military vehicles patrolled the streets of Myanmar's main city of Yangon before dawn Wednesday with loudspeakers blaring, "We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!" Residents living near the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most revered shrine and a flash point of unrest, reported that police swept through several dozen homes at about 3 am, dragging away many men for questioning. A UN Development Program employee, Myint Nwe Moe, and her husband, brother-in-law and driver were among those taken away by police, the UN agency confirmed.

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