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Burma Arrests Four More After Rare Protest


Burmese authorities have arrested four more people in the wake of a rare protest on Thursday that called for better living conditions.

People close to those involved say one demonstrator was arrested at the protest on Thursday, and four more shortly after that in the late evening.

About 25 people carrying banners and placards were allowed to protest for about 30 minutes on Thursday before authorities broke up the peaceful gathering.

Burma's military-ruled government has little tolerance for dissent and strictly curbs freedom of assembly and the media.

The opposition National League for Democracy condemned the arrests, arguing that the protesters were just voicing their opinions.

Burma's military leaders crushed a pro-democracy movement in 1988 and refuse to recognize a 1990 election victory by the National League for Democracy.

Burma's military regime is holding at least 11-hundred political prisoners.

The head of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, has spent most of the past 17 years under house arrest.


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