Surveillance stepped up outside Insein

May 19, 2009 (DVB), Security outside Insein prison, where Aung San Suu Kyi is facing the second day of court hearings, has increased, with reports that officials are photographing supporters of Suu Kyi waiting outside the gates.

According to an anonymous source outside the prison, members of the government-affiliated Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) have joined police and militia groups to monitor crowds.

"Today, there are more security forces than yesterday including members of the special police branch in plain clothing," said the source.

"They and some USDA members are taking photographs of every single person who came to gather near the prison gates, who are mainly National League for Democracy members and university students.

More and more people were arriving outside the prison, he said, adding that shops at Insein market, which had been closed yesterday on the first day of the trial, were now open.

Similarly, a roadblock on a bridge near to the prison was now allowing some container trucks leaving Rangoon to pass through.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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