People filled the streets of Burma's capital Saturday to celebrate the resignation of the president one called "Burma's Hitler," but skirmishes continued outside Rangoon, diplomats and travelers said.
Western diplomats in Rangoon said the capital was quiet after massive protests and violence claimed at least 95 lives during the 17-day rule of hard-line leader Sein Lwin, who resigned Friday.But they cited reports of minor skirmishes in the eastern suburb of Okkalapa and unconfirmed reports of looting and shooting in the working-class area, where some of the fiercest fighting raged last week.
Food and medicine were scarce and barely any transportation was available into the capital from the countryside, said the diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Shops reopened and citizens filled the streets to cheer the resignation of the president they described as the "Butcher of Students," according to Brett B. Lambert, an American student returning from Rangoon.
"People are smiling and happy," Lambert said.
News reports said students in the capital continued passing out leaflets urging protests to win democracy.
Lambert said posters on walls of the capital showed Sein Lwin with blood dripping from his mouth, a skull and crossbones around his face, and "massacre" written beneath.
"Burma's Hitler was brought down by the might of all the people," Japan's Kyodo News Agency quoted one Burmese as saying.
Peter Swan, an Australian film maker returning from Rangoon, said he visited the Rangoon General Hospital and saw more than 300 people wounded from the demonstrations last week.
Diplomats said hundreds may have died in the fighting, and unconfirmed reports said up to 1,000 were killed.
Rangoon, a city of 3.5 million, had been under a daytime curfew since Tuesday.
The diplomats said prices were soaring, food was running low and hospitals, which normally function at threadbare levels, were reported seriously short of blood, bandages and other vital medical supplies.