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Three killed as Myanmar troops battle protests

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« on: September 26, 2007, 08:41:30 pm »



Soldiers patrol a street in Yangon, September 26, 2007

China and Russia, which have friendlier relations with the Myanmar authorities, have so far blocked any U.N. sanctions.

In a sign of divisions over how to deal with Myanmar, foreign ministers of the Group of Eight industrial nations agreed on a similar formula but without a call for sanctions, in deference to Russia.

Participants said Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov clashed over the sanctions issue.

The United States and France called on China to use its influence to convince the junta to stop the crackdown.

Diplomats say China has privately been speaking with the Myanmar generals to convey international concern, but Beijing has so far refrained from any public criticism.

MONKS ARRESTED

In the afternoon, riot police fired tear gas at columns of monks trying to push their way past barricades sealing off the Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's holiest shrine and the starting point of more than a week of marches.

"We cannot know if many people were injured but we can be sure that blood was spilled," French diplomat Emmanuel Mouriez, who is stationed in Myanmar, told French radio RTL.

"We have several witnesses who speak of people on the floor. There were some monks who were beaten up."
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