Saturday, October 06, 2007

Estates Near Shwedagon Being Investigated and Relocated

Source: Radio Free Asia

RFA reported that families living in estates located near the eastern gate of Shwedagon Pagoda, where large scale protests gathered momentum last week, were not only being investigated, but also allegedly being forced to relocate.

RFA has earlier reported that these families were being taken away in military vehicles.

The latest allegations came from residents of nearby estates who told RFA that junta has been arranging for the relocation of whole wards, who are believed to have helped the monks during the protests. Sources said that at about 2 am in the morning, junta took away all family members of each household, including children. The families have reportedly also been told to arrange for their own relocation.

There are believed to be about 300 households being relocated. An eyewitness said:
"They came at about 2am, and woke everyone up. Only the old people were allowed to stay. They told each of them to bring 3 sets of clothes. We don't know where they have been taken to. They were made to lower their heads and put their hands on their heads. Then they took them away."

For the original article in Burmese, please click here.

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