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Burma Arrests Activists Following Protests Over Fuel Price Increases


Burma's military government has arrested the prominent pro-democracy leader, Min Ko Naing, and other activists following a protest in Rangoon Sunday over fuel price increases.

The human rights group, US Campaign for Burma, condemned Tuesday's arrests, voicing concern that the detainees would be tortured.

The Washington-based group said in a statement that authorities arrested Min Ko Naing and more than a dozen student leaders and activists amid fears of wider demonstrations against the junta's decision to double the price of gasoline.

Earlier Tuesday, an international coalition of activist groups Shwe Gas Movement criticized the government's decision to raise prices, saying military leaders were making more than two billion dollars in profits from natural gas exports.

The coalition (made up of groups from western Burma, India and Bangladesh) also argued that all natural gas extraction in Burma should be stopped until the people of Burma can democratically elect their leaders and have a say in determining the use of their natural resources.

Information for this story is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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