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Burma monasteries in night raids
Witnesses say security forces in Burma have launched raids on
monasteries and arrested scores of monks, as they try to stem a rising
tide of protests.
About 100 Buddhist monks were reported to have been held when a
monastery in the east of the main city, Rangoon, was stormed overnight,
It followed reports of several deaths when police broke up
demonstrations by monks and civilians on Wednesday.
The UN Security Council has called on Burma's military junta for restraint.
A witness to one of the monastery raids said she heard shouting and
There are also reports of raids in the north-east of the country.
On Wednesday the UN Security Council in New York met in emergency
session to discuss the crisis.
The United States ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, called on the
government to meet the UN's special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari.
The talks at the UN took place after the Burmese security forces beat-up
and fired tear-gas at protesters in Rangoon.
Burmese authorities confirmed that one man was killed and there were
reports of at least two other deaths.
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/09/27 02:31:52 GMT
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