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Malaysian Police Arrest Burmese Pro-Democracy Activists


Malaysian police say they have arrested 68 Burmese activists protesting the detention of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Organizers say the demonstrators in Kuala Lumpur were detained after about 30 minutes of chanting slogans and waving posters calling for Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

Authorities say the demonstrators were arrested for assembling without permission outside the Burmese embassy in the Malaysian capital.

The protests were planned to draw attention to Aung San Suu Kyi's plight as she marks her 60th birthday Sunday.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was most recently arrested in May 2003 after a clash between her supporters and a pro-junta mob in northern Burma.

She was detained at an unknown location for several months and later placed under house.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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