The last moments of photographer gunned down by Burmese troops as nine die

The last moments of photographer gunned down by Burmese troops as nine die

These are the shocking images from Burma of a Japanese journalists as he lay dying after soldiers opened fire on thousands of anti-government protesters.
Kenji Nagai held his camera above his head to continue taking photos even as a soldier pointed a gun at his chest.

He was one of at least nine people who were killed when troops opened fire after ordering the protesters to move on. Another 11 were reported injured.

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Kenji NagaiKenji Nagai of APF news agency tries to continue taking photographs as he lies fatally injured
Kenji NagaiKenjit, 52, was shot by soldiers as they charged the anti-government protesters
RangoonThe Japanese journalist collapses dying as the armed police continue to charge on the crowd

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The military regime had announced a 10-minute deadline for protesters to clear the centre of Rangoon – or be shot.

As the ultimatum expired, troops carried out the threat – firing automatic rounds straight into the crowds of red-robed monks and civilians.

The 52-year-old Japanese photographer was working for APF news agency and had been covering the protests since Tuesday.

The U.N. later said the Burmese government has agreed to receive U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari.

The bloodshed followed escalating fury by the Burmese junta at the nine days of peaceful protests by about 70,000 monks and pro-democracy supporters.

Tear gas and warning shots were first fired repeatedly over the heads of a crowd near the Sule pagoda.

But the demonstrators became more bold, with groups chanting “Give us freedom, give us freedom!” as soldiers fanned out across the Rangoon streets.

The reaction from around the world was of horror.

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BurmaProtesters run for their lives today in Rangoon
RangoonThe protesters’ sandles are scattered on the street today after soldiers fired warning shots into the crowd

The European Parliament immediately passed an emergency motion calling for restraint.

It is the 10th day of the largest challenge to the junta since a pro-democracy uprising was brutally suppressed in 1988 and up to 3,000 people were killed.

The Burmese government admitted one man was killed in Rangoon but dissidents claimed there were at least eight deaths in the past few days.

Soldiers mounted early morning raids on Buddhist monasteries, beating and arresting more than 100 monks.

A monk at Ngwe Kyar Yan monastery in a Rangoon suburb pointed to bloodstains on the concrete floor. He said several of his fellows were beaten and at least 100 of its 150 monks taken away in vehicles.

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Burma The army intensified the crackdown today in downtown Rangoon, telling protesters they had 10 minutes to go home or be shot
Burma riot policeRiot police arrive at the scene of a crowd of thousands protesting at Rangoon’s city centre today

“Soldiers slammed the monastery gate with the car, breaking the lock and forcing it into the monastery,” said the monk, who did not give his name for fear of reprisals.

“They smashed the doors down, broke windows and furniture. When monks resisted, they shot at the monks and used tear gas and beat up the monks and dragged them into trucks.”

MonkHelpless: a novice monk watches troops charge at monks outside the Shwedagon pagoda in Rangoon

Police barricades have been set up around the Shwedagon pagoda and Rangoon city hall, two of the focal points for the demonstrations.

In Mandalay, 430 miles north, five army trucks with soldiers and three fire trucks drove into the Mahamuni pagoda, where hundreds of monks were locked inside by security forces. Another 60 soldiers blocked the road from the centre of the city.

Yesterday, security forces arrested Myint Thein, the spokesman for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, family members said. An executive of her National League for Democracy, Hla Pe, was also arrested, according to exiled league member Ko Maung Maung.

An Asian diplomat today confirmed that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi remained at her Rangoon home and had not been imprisoned.

Rumours had circulated that she had been taken to the notorious Insein prison.

The protests were sparked by high fuel prices but have been inflamed by pent-up opposition to harsh military rule and poverty.

Protesters want more democratic freedoms, the release of political activists and economic reforms.

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Monks in RangoonMonks pray at a police block in downtown Rangoon yesterday

Gordon Brown warned: “The whole world is now watching Burma and its illegitimate and repressive regime should know that the whole world is going to hold it to account. The age of impunity in neglecting and overriding human rights is over.

“I think the international pressure that can be made to be felt in the next few days is incredibly important. I want to see the whole of the world getting together on this, each continent of the world can come together.”

Burma had one of the worst human rights records in the world, Mr Brown said – a country of just 20 million people with 1,000 political prisoners and 500,000 political refugees, poets and journalists tortured for speaking out.

He said: “Through their dignified but resolute protests, the Burmese people are reminding the world of the decision they made as long ago as 1990 to reject military rule and embrace democracy.

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Monks protesting in BurmaBare-headed, showing immense courage, monks protest through Rangoon knowing the tyrannical regime may massacre them

“They are telling us once again of the failure of the Burmese regime to respond to the need for change. I am appalled by the violence used by the Burmese authorities to try to suppress the peaceful demonstrations.”

EU leaders made it clear at a meeting yesterday that they would not hesitate to impose expanded sanctions, Mr Brown said.

He finished: “The people of Burma are demonstrating extraordinary bravery in making their voices heard despite the threats and violence they face. The international community must match their commitment in finding a solution to the unacceptable situation in Burma.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said before leaving for New York for a UN Security Council meeting: “It is very important that we continue to maintain this unanimous international call for restraint.”

He said Suu Kyi “will know that the world is on her side and a democratic Burma must be the end result”.

Burma protest in SydneyProtests round the world today: May Htet Thar, aged 3, joins more than 100 protesters calling for an end to the violence in Burma during a rally in Sydney, Australia

~ by doubleaung on September 11, 2008.

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