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Protests continue in Rangoon amid ongoing crackdowns

Sep 28, 2007 (DVB), Soldiers have used slingshots to disperse demonstrations in Rangoon today, which have been less organised than on previous days.

Chants from the protestors have taken on a different tone from earlier messages of goodwill, with protestors calling for lightning to strike and kill those who had attacked monks.

"Before they were chanting metta, but now they are cursing the soldiers," said a local resident.

Troops were deployed at the corner of Sule pagoda road and Anawrahta road where shootings took place yesterday, about six blocks away from the Pansodan junction with Anawrahta road where more than 10,000 people were protesting.

Another group of 5,000-10,000 protestors assembled at around 3.30pm in the Chinatown area at the junction of Strand road and Keile road, also cursing government security forces. No government troops, guards or supporters were seen at this location.

"It's like they're trying not to upset the Chinese. We've seen an army truck passing by Chinatown, but no troops have been deployed," said a Rangoon resident.

The group moved on towards Sule pagoda road but was broken up at around 4pm by government troops from battalion 66 firing slingshots at them.

Four army trucks were seen, one with a loudspeaker urging residents not to provide refuge to protestors and ordering them to refrain from firing slingshots at security forces from their homes. The announcements threatened action against anyone sheltering protestors.

There have also been reports that warning shots were fired at demonstrations at Theingyizay market, but these were not said to have been aimed directly into the crowds.

Reporting by Than Win Htut and Aye Nai


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