Friday, September 28, 2007

Myanmar junta cuts Internet, intensifies crackdown

From The Raw Story:

Myanmar appeared to have cut the country's main Internet link Friday, choking off information about the crackdown on mass anti-government protests that have left at least 13 people dead.

A day after security forces smashed cameras and cellphones, beat those people carrying them and warned the media about their reporting, the Internet that helped tell the world about the violence was at a virtual standstill.

A Myanmar telecoms official blamed a damaged underwater cable.

The move came as Australia's ambassador to the isolated Southeast Asian nation said the actual death toll was much higher than had been acknowledged by official media in the tightly-controlled Southeast Asian nation.

The bloodshed triggered international condemnation of the country's ruling generals, who unleashed security forces on demonstrators to put down the biggest wave of public dissent here in 20 years.

A Japanese journalist was among those found dead on Thursday as security forces raided monasteries, beat protesters and carried unknown numbers of people, including many of the country's revered Buddhist monks, off to prison.

Read the rest here.

1 comment:

Robert Rouse said...

Thank you so much for writing about Burma. I live in Fort Wayne, IN which has the largest population of Burmese outside of Burma. Yesterday I attended one of their rallies and added video of it at

More of us need to write about these atrocities.

Thanks again!