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UN slams Myanmar crackdown on student protesters

The United Nations on Friday criticised a crackdown on student-led protests in Myanmar this week, demanding that the demonstrators be released and that the country investigate reports of excessive police force.

Student-led rallies calling for education reform have twice been brutally suppressed in Myanmar in recent days.

In chaotic scenes on Tuesday, police armed with batons lashed out at students and activists in the central town of Letpadan, arresting 127 people and carting them off to prison by the truckload. “We are concerned about the arrest of more than 100 students and other protestors following their participation in demonstrations in Letpadan,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN human rights office.


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