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Monks face military's might in Myanmar

September 26, 2007

Myanmar's military junta is facing the heat for ruthlessly quelling week-long anti-government protests in the country.

The mighty force of the junta fell on 10,000-odd demonstrators -- comprising Buddhist monks, nuns, political activists and members of Opposition parties -- protesting against the regime. Till reports last came in, hospital authorities said four people, including three monks, had been killed in the military crackdown.

The pro-democracy protests were triggered off last month following the military government's decisions to hike fuel prices and push up transport fares that led to sharp rise in the price of consumer goods.

The anti-government demonstrations have been the largest since the failed pro-democracy uprising in 1988 when nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Image: Buddhist monks marching to downtown Yangon.
Photographs: AFP/AFP/Getty Images

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