Repression in Burma: The Uses of Photography
and cajoling terrified residents and warning that they would arrest
anyone they suspected of taking part in the demonstrations that
swelled to 100,000 people before security forces crushed the
uprising with beatings, tear gas and bullets.
'You must stay inside,' the soldiers warned in their
pronouncements. 'Don't come out. We have
photographs of the people we're looking
for. We will arrest them.'"
I heard a similar report on npr this morning. I assume that the regime has monitored many of the outlets publishing photographs of events in the country over the past couple of weeks. So they may well have many photographs of those active in the opposition. Even if they don't their claim is unverifiable and likely to sow fear among the population.
P.S.: The point here is that there is a potential massive down side to the very positive uses of photography by the opposition diring the protests last week. There was a pretty typical story about the strategic contest between oppoisiotn and regime for control of the visual media in The New York Times today