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Three Students on Trial in Burma for Pro-democracy Poem


Media rights groups and Burmese pro-democracy groups are protesting the trial of three Burmese students, for producing a so-called "illegal publication" - a pro- democracy poem.

Reporters Without Borders, the Democratic Voice of Burma, and the Burma Media Association said the students Maung Maung Oo, Zeya Aung, and Aung Than were to go on trial Tuesday. There has been no word yet of the outcome.

Two of the defendants were were among a group of students arrested in late March for publishing the poem. The poem referred to the fighting peacock, the symbol of Burma's pro-democracy movement. The other students were later let go.

The third defendant was arrested separately, but in connection with the same poem.

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