Protesters fear latest push for democracy in Myanmar may be crushed by military.
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It appears, however, that last week’s military action has already largely succeeded in dispersing the crowds from the streets.
The military lightened its presence in Yangon on Tuesday as the country’s biggest city remained quiet after last week’s demonstrations.
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He said “neo-colonialists” – a reference to the US and other Western nations – were spreading disinformation that Myanmar’s government was committing gross human rights violations and imposing economic sanctions.
The minister made no mention of the deaths or injuries in the crackdown against the pro-democracy demonstrators by the country’s security forces, but tightly controlled state media has reported 10 killed.
Dissident groups say up to 200 protesters were slain and that 6,000 were detained.
Alexander Downer, the Australian foreign minister, said his government believed at least 30 people had been killed and about 1,400 arrested.
Nyan Win said: “The Myanmar government is fully aware of its responsibility to lead the nation in the process of transformation to a disciplined democracy.
“We have laid down a road map and will work conscientiously to achieve our goals. Significant progress has already been made.