There are other reports of hundreds of people dead in Burma as a result of the crackdown by the military junta. China needs to be pressured into taking economic action against the regime in Myanmar if this continues. Maybe the world community can boycott the Beijing olympics until they act?

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YANGON, Myanmar – A growing number of citizens in Myanmar’s largest city are shutting off the government-run nightly newscast, trying to send the subtle message to authorities that they are tired of listening to their propaganda, residents said Tuesday.

Most are switching off the news for the first 15 minutes of the hour-long broadcast, while some also are shutting off all the lights in their homes.

It was unclear how many people participated in the protest, which spread by word of mouth.

“This is the least dangerous anti-government activity that I can take,” said a resident of Yangon taking part in the protest that began Monday. “By doing this, I am showing that I am not listening to what the government is saying,” the woman said, refusing to give her name for fear of government reprisal.

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