Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Report From Myanmar Says Government Is 'Hunting Dissidents'

As the AP reports via USA Today, an American diplomat in Myanmar (Burma) says the junta is still hunting down dissidents:
Soldiers said they were hunting pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar's largest city Wednesday and the top U.S. diplomat in the country said military police had pulled people out of their homes during the night.

Military vehicles patrolled the streets before dawn with loudspeakers blaring that: "We have photographs. We are going to make arrests!"

Shari Villarosa, the acting U.S. ambassador in Myanmar, said in a telephone interview that people in Yangon were terrified.

"From what we understand, military police ... are traveling around the city in the middle of the night, going into homes and picking up people," she said.
The AP report also contains this tantalizing nugget:
European Union nations agreed Wednesday to toughen sanctions against the military regime. Diplomats said extra sanctions would include an expanded visa ban for members of the military junta, wider restrictions on investment in the country, and a blockade on trade in metals, timber and gemstones.

But the new measures do not include a specific ban on European oil and gas companies from doing business in Myanmar, diplomats said.
And there's more ... but I cannot get to it at the moment. I hope to be back with an update later. In the meantime, if you have more on this story, please don't hesitate to post it in the comments.