Anti-government demonstrators fought back Thursday against a 5-day-old army crackdown, capturing weapons from police stations and attempting to sabotage Burma's telecommunications system, the official media reported.
The Burma Broadcasting System said protesters have made at least three attempts to disrupt communications in the capital. Troops Thursday killed one person and wounded two who tried to cut telephone cables in the capital's northern township of Okkalapa.The radio said troops shot three attackers trying to cut the cables Wednesday. On Monday, saboteurs fired an M-16 assault rifle and an M-79 grenade launcher, destroying three reflectors on a microwave antenna in downtown Rangoon, the radio said.
The reports indicated a new opposition tactic to blunt the army's crackdown on six months of pro-democracy demonstrations. Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed since Sunday, when the military seized power.