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Activist: Burmese Govt Detains Eight Protesters, Releases One


A Burmese activist says the military-run government has detained eight protesters who joined a rare demonstration last month calling for better living conditions.

Htin Kyaw says he and seven others were taken into custody Tuesday night. He said he was released today but the others remain in detention.

The activists were among about 25 people who rallied in Rangoon last month, calling for lower prices on basic supplies, and improved health care and education.

Burmese authorities earlier had arrested and released nine other demonstrators.

Burma has little tolerance for political dissent, and the military government currently holds at least 11,00 political prisoners.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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