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Burma fears: From 4am until 8am, furnace at a crematorium in the eastern Rangoon district of South Okkalapa was operating over-time

Posted by gasweek on 10 October, 2007

The Burmese junta continues to round up scores of people and interrogate hundreds more arrested in last week’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy marches as suspicion grows it has secretly burnt the bodies of people killed by the army, according to The Sydney Morning Herald (5/10/2007, p.8).

Dark doubts: On Saturday and Sunday, from 4am until 8am, the furnace at a crematorium in the eastern Rangoon district of South Okkalapa was operating. At the time, the night curfew did not end until 5am. The military or people they approved appear to be the only ones who could be operating the furnace.

Coverup? The army acknowledges up to 15 deaths, but diplomatic sources and locals believe it is much higher, more than 50. The furnace can take 15 bodies at one time but it is not known how many times it was used in the two four-hour periods. “The regime may not have acknow­ledged any deaths if a foreigner had not been killed,” a Rangoon-based Western diplomat said.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 5/10/2007, p. 8

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