October 5, 2007

Burmese Army Major Deserts

Monks flee crackdown as reports of brutality emerge
Ian MacKinnon, South-east Asia correspondent, Thursday October 4, 2007, The Guardian

There is also widespread belief among diplomats that the death toll could be much higher than the 13 acknowledged. From lists of cross-checked names, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an exiles' media group based in Oslo, believes the number of dead in the violent street clashes stands at 138.

Fearing the violence that was to come, a Burmese army major, Htay Win, deserted from his unit in Rangoon before the killings began. He fled to Thailand in search of asylum, and yesterday explained why.


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