Monday, October 1, 2007

Myanmar update

BANGKOK, Oct. 1 — The top leaders of Myanmar’s military junta delayed for a second day a meeting with a United Nations envoy who went to the country to urge restraint, after the violent suppression of pro-democracy demonstrators last week.

The demonstrations were sparked by anger over steep fuel prices in August. They reached their height last week, when an estimated 100,000 people marched into Yangon to demand an end to military rule. No word on how many have been killed, besides the 10 deaths acknowledged by the government. Authorities have cut off Internet connections and arrested local journalists, in an effort to stop the flow of news from Myanmar.

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