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Malaysia Arrests Burmese Protesters


Malaysian human rights activists say police arrested 18 Burmese citizens Thursday for participating in an illegal demonstration outside their embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The rights group (Suaram) says authorities detained the demonstrators after they chanted slogans denouncing Burma's National Convention that began a second session to draft a constitution.

The convention resumed Thursday after a seven-month hiatus. The convention has come under sharp criticism from the West for failing to include the leading pro-democracy opposition party.

The demonstrators claimed that the convention showed the military's intention to maintain its grip on power in Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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