Website Exposes Burma Brutality

Expat portal describes unreported police savagery
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 2:43 PM CDT
In this photo released by the Democratic Voice of Burma, Myanmar, Buddhist monks in cinnamon robes take to the streets of Yangon, Myanmar on Wednesday Sept. 26, 2007. Security forces fired warning shots...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Eyewitness accounts posted on a Burmese expat site offer rare details of Myanmar's brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. One post today described an early-morning raid on a monastery where soldiers broke down the gate with a truck, and attacked monks, along with women and children in their care, with bamboo sticks, before hauling away 100.

One monk who tried to warn of the soldiers’ arrival was beaten unconscious as he lay on the floor, the Democratic Voice of Burma blogger reported. A general in turn beat subordinates who refused to attack monks; troops trashed the building and made off with cash, robes, radios and cassette players. In another post on the Norwegian site, a blogger reports seeing a university student die in the street after being shot in the forehead.