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Burmese Activists Lead Protest Against Fuel Hike


Burmese pro-democracy activists have led hundreds of people in a rare protest against a massive increase in fuel prices.

Min Ko Naing, a prominent pro-democracy leader, said protesters marched through Rangoon today to draw attention to the hardship of people who can not afford the high cost of fuel.

He said the protest grew in size as bystanders joined the activists as they wound through the city's streets.

Burma's military government generally does not tolerate public dissent, but authorities did not stop the protest today.

The government doubled the price of gasoline last week without warning or explanation, making it difficult for people to afford the ride to work.

Four liters of diesel fuel now costs two-dollars-33 cents.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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