Junta Cremates Protesters

Crackdown carries on, as soldiers arrest more activists and the wounded are refused treatment
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2007 5:05 PM CDT
Myanmar activists shout slogans during a protest against their countrys military regime in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Cities across Asia launched a day of global protests against Myanmar's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Burma's army is burning the bodies of activists in secret cremations, hiding their true death count forever, the Sunday Times reports. Locals near Rangoon report trucks are driving by a crematorium at night as smoke rises constantly from its chimneys. Rumors of victims burnt alive have swept the city, but remain unconfirmed by outside observers.

Diplomats gauge that hundreds are dead and thousands in jail since last month’s uprising began, but the crackdown continues: Soldiers using Internet data are rounding up activists, and wounded protesters die as hospitals refuse them treatment. “We have first-hand evidence that hospitals and clinics were ordered not to give any treatment to the wounded,” says one expert.