The latest news reports from Burma are grim:

At Shwedagon Pagoda, riot police charged against the protesters, leaving a number of monks and nuns covered in blood, some of them apparently seriously injured.

British embassy sources say at least 100 monks were beaten and arrested. Demonstrators were dragged away in trucks.

One BBC News website reader in Rangoon says armed and plainclothes police can be seen at key sites across the city. At City Hall, police are holding photos of the monks leading the protests, the reader says.

Two prominent dissidents, U Win Naing and popular comedian Zaganar, were arrested overnight.

My morning round-up of commentary, blogs and news from Burma can be found here. Stay tuned.

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