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Pro-Democracy Raly Held In Burma

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

burma.jpgAl Jazeera reported that a pro-democracy rally was being held in the former capital of Myanmar over the rising cost of fuel prices. Some of the protesters who were arrested were of the 88 Generation Student Movement which succesfully overthrew the Burmese dictatorship and installed a democracy. However their movement was squashed latter on and most of its leaders were arrested, tortured, jailed, and/or killed.

Al Jazeera reported:

In a recorded statement released to Al Jazeera, another of 88 Generation leaders, Htay Kywe, who is now in hiding from the authorities, gave an acount of the recent arrest of his friends.
“Last night the military intelligence and government intelligence seized their house and sacked their house for no detailed reason,” he said

“They seized some papers and some material from that house and also many mobile phones were seized.”

The news agency also stated:

Ko Bo Kyi, the joint secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners based in Thailand, said at least nine of the detained activists were taken from their homes late on Tuesday.

“From what we know, they are being held at the Kyaik Ka San detention center outside Yangon,” he told Al Jazeera. “We don’t have all their names but I expect more to be arrested.”

He said some activists have gone into hiding but the rest will continue their activities, including trying to organise a second silent march.

Other news agencies covering the portests:

Anatolian Times (Turkey)

BBC News 

Deccan Herald (India)

Guardian, The (U.K.)

Nation, The (Bangkok)

 New York Times

Reuters India 

Image From:
Al Jazeera English 

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