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Monks, Civilians Protest Government In Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar - Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas canisters while beating Buddhist monks and hauling others away in trucks Wednesday as authorities tried to stop anti-government demonstrations, the first mass arrests since protests erupted last month.

About 300 monks and activists were arrested across Yangon, according to an exile dissident group, and reporters saw a number of monks - who are highly revered in Myanmar - being dragged into trucks.

A Norway-based dissident radio station, the Democratic Voice of Burma, said that one monk was killed and several injured in clashes in downtown Yangon, the country's largest city. The death could not be confirmed by other sources.

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Added: Sep-26-2007 
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