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Japanese Reporter Beaten and Arrest
- Subject: Japanese Reporter Beaten and Arrest
- From: ktint@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 08 Dec 1996 07:49:00
Subject: Japanese Reporter Beaten and Arrested By SLORC Soldiers
JAPANESE REPORTER BEATEN AND ARRESTED BY SLORC SOLDIERS
Daily Yomiuri, December 8, 1996
Police and soldiers clubbed a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter on the
head and body as he was covering a student demonstration in Yangon late
Friday night before taking him into custody for questioning, the reporter
said by telephone from Myanmar's capital.
Shigefumi Takasuka, of the Yomiuri's Bangkok bureau, was among
hundreds of people watching the demonstration in Yangon when several
officers began beating him with clubs, causing serious bruises.
Takasuka said he was hit about 10 times despite repeated
explanations that he was a reporter for a Japanese newspaper. The
commanding military officer at the scene also ignored Takasuka's
explanation and handed him over to the military intelligence department
for questioning. Takasuka said he was freed about two hours later, at
Officers reportedly later told Takasuka that "It was a very
dangerous situation" and that the soldiers "had no knowledge about the
activities of the press."