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Buddhist Monks Protest Government in Burma


Hundreds of Buddhist monks in Burma have staged a peaceful protest, the latest in a series of demonstrations against the military government's economic policies.

Witnesses say at least 400 monks chanted prayers quietly today, Monday, as they walked through the streets of a central town, Kyaukpadaung, 650 kilometers north of Rangoon.

Local reports say authorities did not intervene, and there were no arrests. The government last week urged Buddhist monks to stay away from anti government protests.

Earlier this month, Burmese security forces arrested and beat several Buddhist clergy as they took part in a demonstration, in the central city of Pakokku.

Protests have been erupting across Burma since the government doubled the price of fuel in August. Officials say the increase was needed because of high world oil prices.

Activists say authorities have arrested at least 100 demonstrators. The government says it is holding 50 people.

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