Sunday, October 28, 2007

Interview with a Witness Monk
Amnesty International has released new video accounts of the crackdown following the pro-democracy protests in Myanmar last month। 10 people died in the biggest pro-democracy protests in the last 20 years, although many diplomats say the number might be far higher. The testimonies of refugees filmed on the Thai-Myanmar border were released as the U.N special envoy to the Southeast Asian state continues his six-nation tour to drum up support from Asian countries to resolve the Myanmar crisis. Amnesty said one of the refugees, a 31-year-old monk, had witnessed the violent confrontation between police and protesters. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MONK, FACING AWAY FROM CAMERA TO CONCEAL IDENTITY, SAYING: "Some of the injured were so bloody that you couldn't tell where blood was coming from. Some of the monks lost the top part of their robes. I saw civilians trying to help an injured monk. Most of their injuries were head injuries. The riot police were aiming for the head." Amnesty said that arbitrary arrests have been followed by detention in appalling conditions. Meanwhile, U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari met the Indonesian President in Jakarta after holding talks with the Foreign Minister. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SPECIAL ENVOY IBRAHIM GAMBARI SAYING: "Members of ASEAN and other countries, neighbouring countries, who have influence, to use it, so that General Than Shwe will actually follow through on his commitments. The view of the United Nations and of the international community is the process that is needed for national reconciliation of Myanmar should be all-inclusive." He will continue on to India, China and Japan before returning to New York, and is expecting to leave for Myanmar in mid-November. Stefanie McIntyre, Reuters.

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