U.N. Report Finds 31 Killed in Myanmar Crackdown

 WAIT UNTIL YOU READ THIS…….Don’t think this can’t happen in the USA

SNIPPET FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES STORY TODAY

In a section attributed to “various reports and testimonies,” the report related episodes where soldiers drove a truck into a row of protesters and then fired directly into the crowd; a boy was shot fatally in the back as he climbed a wall to escape onrushing troops; and another boy was “shot in the head in cold blood in front of his mother.”

Mr. Pinheiro gathered the information during a five-day visit to Myanmar, formerly Burma, in mid-November and meetings on two following days in Bangkok with diplomats, United Nations agency officials and civil society organizations.

In Myanmar, he met with a number of government officials and law enforcement officers, senior abbots from the Buddhist clergy, leaders of nongovernmental groups, 20 ambassadors based in Yangon, the main city, and five detainees at the Insein Prison there.

He said in the report that he had been kept from seeing the military officers directly involved in putting down the protests and from visiting a crematory where he was told a large number of bodies, some of them with shaved heads — suggesting that they were monks — were burned during three nights in late September by special teams that replaced the normal work force.

He was also not permitted to see Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader who has been under house arrest on and off for the past 18 years, but the report said he “was reassured by the authorities that this option will remain on the agenda of his follow-up missions.”

Mr. Pinheiro said he had “numerous reports” of secret, large-capacity, informal detention centers where children and pregnant women were among those being held.

He said he was told that many detainees were held in tiny isolation cells lacking ventilation and toilets and were guarded by packs of dogs. Monks, he said, were deliberately offered food only in the afternoon, at an hour when they are forbidden by their religion to eat.

According to one monk who was imprisoned, many people died not solely from injuries they received in the streets, but also because of the harsh conditions of confinement and torture.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/08/world/asia/08nations.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin

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