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Three killed as Myanmar troops battle protests

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« on: September 26, 2007, 08:42:53 pm »

Monks wear masks before marching in an anti-government protest to the city centre in Yangon, September 26, 2007. The masks are worn to try and counteract the effects of tear gas and smoke.

As many as 200 maroon-robed monks were arrested at the gilded shrine.

"This is a test of wills between the only two institutions in the country that have enough power to mobilize nationally," said Bradley Babson, a retired World Bank official who worked in Myanmar.

"Between those two institutions, one of them will crack," he said. "If they take overt violence against the monks, they risk igniting the population against them."

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour warned Myanmar's rulers they could face an international court for violence against the protesters.

The junta, whose leaders remain hunkered down in a new capital 250 miles north of Yangon, had tried to keep the monks off the streets, sending trucks of soldiers and police to block six activist monasteries early in the morning.

The generals also rounded up more prominent dissidents, including comedian Za Ga Na, who had urged people to take to the streets.

Ranks of riot police remained outside the lakeside home of Suu Kyi to ensure no attempt was made to pluck the 62-year-old Nobel laureate from house arrest.

An opposition leader said he feared more people will die.

"It is not a good sign. The confrontation has already started," Sein Win, who heads a self-proclaimed Myanmar government-in-exile, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. from Paris.

(Additional reporting by Darren Schuettler in Bangkok)

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