Riot police and temple reflecting on glass : News Photo
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Riot police and temple reflecting on glass

YANGON, MYANMAR - SEPTEMBER 26: Riot police and military walk through Sule Pagoda preparing to close access before protesters arrive on September 26, 2007 in Yangon, Myanmar. Later, when warning shots were fired at the nearing marchers, people fled to nearby flats and shops. Allegedly one person was killed and five injured at the beginning of today's march at nearby Shwedagon Pagoda. Mass protests began after the military government implemented dramatic price hikes in fuel prices on August 15th causing public bus fares to double and widespread economic hardship. The monks became involved when the leadership of initial protest marches were supressed. Uniformed security personnel were positioned throughout the former capital, patrolling watching crowds, telling them to not get involved lest action be taken against them. Military trucks parked less than a kilometer from City Hall and the Sule Pagoda, the plaza between the two buildings where in 1988, the government crushed similar pro-democracy protests by killing up to 3000 pro-democracy protesters. Government opposition has been repeatedly crushed in the country and the latest demonstrations have yet again led to mass arrests of political activists opposing the regime.
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Credit:Christian Holst / Contributor
Editorial #:sb10068284aa-001
Collection:Reportage Archive
Date created:09 April, 2008
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