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Peace, stability restored in Yangon: Myanmar official media
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11:08, September 29, 2007

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Myanmar official media claimed on Saturday that peace and stability have been restored in the country's biggest city of Yangon since Friday following days of demonstrations by Buddhist monks and ordinary people.

According to a news heading of the New Light of Myanmar, " Traveling and marketing back to normal in Yangon."

"To ensure peace and stability, the security forces handled the situation with care using the least force," the paper said.

During the three-day incident after the imposition of a 60-day curfew order and a ban on demonstration in the city on Tuesday night, a total of 10 male protesters were killed and 14 other civilians including two women injured by shots fired by security forces against defying demonstrators, the report claimed, adding that 39 government security forces were also wounded during clashes with the demonstrators.

Among the dead was a Japanese man with a video camera covering news on the event. He was shot and killed among crowds during the demonstration on Thursday when the security forces fired shots on the demonstrators.

The Japanese, 52, later identified as Nagai Kengi, was visiting Myanmar with a tourist visa.

According to the report, seven other protesters were also arrested for investigation.

"The underground and above-ground destructive elements and the anti-government groups are spreading fabricated news among the people," the paper said, advising the people not to believe such news and to directly contact the Ministry of Information with the given telephone number for authentic one.

Meanwhile, Yangon's public internet links to the outside world have been widely confirmed cut since Friday morning causing no internet access for people during this very time.

Besides, Myanmar security forces expanded restricted areas in Yangon on Friday, reinforcing more troops and placing more barricades on some main roads to step up security measures.

Scattered and small-scale demonstrations with fewer numbers of participants were seen going on, with some warning shots being heard in the city on the day.

There were also some small-scale demonstrations in Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay Friday amid curfew and ban on demonstrations, according to local reports.

Since Sept. 18, Buddhist monks and some people have taken to the streets to stage demonstrations in Yangon and other parts of the country.

Source: Xinhua

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