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Burma - Protesters Release - 2004-06-07


Burmese military authorities have released nine democracy activists arrested a week ago while handing out leaflets on human rights.

The nine young men, all members of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, were arrested in three different locations in the sapital, Rangoon, as they passed out copies of the United Nations human rights declaration.

A military intelligence officer (Nay Soe) said the youths were detained for being a public nuisance.

Public protests are extremely rare in Burma, and are usually quashed within minutes.

The protests took place on the first anniversary of a government-backed mob's attack on Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters, who were on a political tour of northern Burma at the time (last May 30th).

The leader of the NLD and her deputy, Tin Oo, are still isolated under house arrest, one year after they were detained.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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