Hackers Close Burma Opposition Website

Unknown hackers have shut down the prize-winning online publication The Irrawaddy, which reports on affairs inside Burma from the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, the publication's editor said Monday. The cyber-attack occurred on the second anniversary of the so-called Saffron Revolution, when thousands of Buddhist monks took to the streets in protest of the military junta that has ruled the country for decades. At least 31 people were killed in the 2008 incident, according to the United Nations, and scores of dissidents, including Buddhist monks, labor and community activists were jailed for up to 65 years after the military cracked down ruthlessly on the biggest challenge to the junta since it seized power in 1998 after refusing to ratify an election that the opposition won overwhelmingly.

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