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Reporters released after five-hour detention


Reporters released after five-hour detention


Three reporters arrested yesterday by the police in Rangoon were released


after about five hours in detention.


Two local correspondents Myat Thura of the Kyodo news agency, Sint Sint


Aung of Nippon TV and May Thagyan Hein of Myanmar Dhana economic magazine,


were detained in the Aung Tha Pyay police guest house or detention camp in


Kyaikwine following their arrest by the police while they were covering a


demonstration by a group against the military junta.


The police reportedly interrogated the reporters as to how they knew about


the demonstration prior to it taking place.


Meanwhile, two demonstrators Htin Kyaw, a mechanical engineer and the


Myint Shwe are still in detention though Aye Min Win released on yesterday


evening.


About 20 people staged a demonstration against the junta in downtown


former capital demanding it solve the problems which were responsible for


the hardships of the people in their day to day life.


The statement released by the group addressed to Senior General Than Shwe


urged him to solve the problems of soaring inflation leading to rising


prices of essential commodities, children’s parents being unable to afford


education, rampant corruption and illegal gambling, the state’s apathy


towards basic health care, non-existence of human rights and lack of


freedom of speech.


Moreover, it also wished that military generals and all soldiers including


Than Shwe stay in good health and in wealth.


Although the junta allowed demonstrations against the United States and


the United Kingdom outside their embassies recently, where pro-regime


protestors accused the countries of interfering in domestic politics,


there was a crack down on yesterday’s demonstration after 30 minutes of a


silent walk from 30th street to the City Hall with protestors holding


aloft placards.


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