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Myanmar’s Version Of Events

Rueters calls the New Light of Myanmar newspaper the “generals’ main mouthpiece.” So, here’s how the Junta describes what’s going on in Burma:

NAY PYI TAW, Sept 26 � At about 12.30 pm today, a group of demonstrators numbering about 10,000 including monks and people came to the traffic point at the corner of Sule Pagoda Road and Anawrahta Street. The group included so-called monks, so-called �88� new generation students, ABSDF member terrorists and NLD members. They shouted demands in a crescendo.

The security forces near the Sule Pagoda using loudspeakers persuaded the crowd not to move forward and to disperse peacefully. However, the crowd mobbed the security forces in crescendo throwing stones and sticks at them and using catapults. The members of the security forces moved back to the second line from the first. They again persuaded the crowd not to use violence against them and to disperse peacefully. But the protesters refused to obey their orders and raided the security forces at the second line for the second time throwing stones at them and using catapults. At the same time the mob took two motorcycles of the security forces and burnt down them. They tried to grab the arms of security forces. On account of the unavoidable circumstances, the members of the security forces fired some shots employing the least force to disperse the mob. The protesters dispersed due to the shots. Two motorbikes were destroyed and eight members of the police force including two senior officials were injured.

Among the protesters, an unidentified man, 30, was killed. Han Lin Tun, son of U Hla Tun of No 359, Anawma Street, Ward 93, Dagon Seikkan Township, was wounded in the right thigh. Win Htut, 27, son of U Tun Myint of No 201, Room 301, Pagoda Road, Kamayut, in the right hip and Phyu Phyu Win, 47, No 19, Kyaunglan Street, Shwepyitha in the left breast and in the left arm. They are being treated at Yangon General Hospital.

More from the Junta’s mouth:

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Myanmar’s generals accused the foreign media on Thursday of publishing a “skyful of lies” about a crackdown on anti-junta protests in which Buddhist monks say five of their ranks were killed.
“Certain western media and anti-government media are broadcasting leading news stories and distorted news stories to stir up the mass protests,” the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper said in an editorial.
“Now, the majority of the people who want to lead a peaceful life and are in favour of transition to democracy in a smooth way are gradually suffering from the evil consequences of the protests,” it continued.
On Thursday, as Yangon braced for repeats of the biggest protests against the military junta since troops killed an estimated 3,000 protesters in 1988, the New Light’s main front-page story was about the appearance of the full moon.

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