SNAPSHOT-Latest developments in Myanmar protests

Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:38pm EDT

Sept 28 (Reuters) - Here are the latest developments in the pro-democracy protests in Myanmar on Friday:



HEADLINES

* Crowds taunt soldiers and police in Yangon.

* Soldiers charge several hundred chanting protesters in central Yangon, sending people scurrying for cover down side alleys; several shots fired; few monks among crowds.

* U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown discuss need to keep up international pressure on Myanmar's rulers.

* Japan says will send envoy to investigate killing of Japanese video journalist.

* UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari is on way to Myanmar after junta consented to his visit. Singaporean Foreign Minister says he believes Myanmar government will be restrained while Gambari in country.

* Britain's Brown says death toll in Myanmar may be far higher than reported by authorities



QUOTES

"May the people who beat monks be struck down by lightning." - protesters chant in Yangon

"The crackdown on peaceful protesters there is quite barbaric." - White House spokesman Scott Stanzel.

"Now we have seen pictures from Burma and now we can hear voices from the Burmese people, there is no amount of censorship and no amount of violence now that can silence the will of the Burmese people." - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

"If he (Gambari) fails, then the situation can become quite dreadful," Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo said. "He's the best hope we have. He is trusted on both sides." (For all the latest stories, double click on [nSP232488])

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