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Burma's military rulers issued a series of threats to strikers in an effort to get the sullen population back to work. The state radio warned that "effective action" would be taken against activists trying to prolong strikes beyond today's back-to-work deadline set by the government. The capital of Rangoon was quiet, but army patrols were stepped up in many areas and about 400 soldiers gathered near Shwedagon Pagoda, the site of many previous large-scale demonstrations. The government said that more than 425 people have been killed since the military took control in a Sept. 18 coup after months of opposition protests.

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