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Lone Protester In Burma Publicly Demands Democratic Reforms - 2004-09-21


A political activist in Burma has conducted a rare public protest, calling for democratic reforms.

The 58-year-old man carried a large cardboard sign and marched outside a local United Nations Development Program office Tuesday. His sign urged United Nations intervention to make Burma's parliament "free and fair."

The man (who said his name was Ohn Than) told a reporter at the scene that had already spent 15 years in jail as a political prisoner and was aware of the consequences of protesting. After demonstrating for more than one hour, he was taken away by police.

Burma's military government does not tolerate public dissent and political demonstrations are rare.

In 2002, a lone student protester who demanded the release of political prisoners was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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