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Burmese Police Arrest Demonstrators Calling for Cheaper Prices


Witnesses say Burmese police have detained at least seven people at a rare demonstration for improved living conditions.

It is unclear what happened to the protesters. They were among about 10 people who had gathered in Rangoon today, waving banners and chanting slogans for cheaper commodities and better electricity services.

Burma's military government rarely tolerates dissent, routinely takes political activists into custody and strictly controls the media.

Some of the people detained today had joined another rare protest in February. That demonstration was one of the first protests criticizing the military government's performance, rather than its legal right to rule.

About 17 people were rounded up in separate groups following the February demonstration. Most of them were released.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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