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Two Buddhist Nuns Arrested After Protest in Burma - 2003-01-17


Two Buddhist nuns have been arrested in Burma after a rare protest in the nation's capital.

Witnesses say that security forces detained the nuns in Rangoon Thursday after a demonstration protesting the high cost of living in the impoverished nation. Protests are forbidden by the ruling military government. It is not clear how many people participated in the event, or what happened to the nuns.

Police confiscated a banner the nuns were carrying. Some reports say it depicted a peacock, a symbol of the political opposition movement.

Anti-government protesters are sporadically arrested in the nation's capital.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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