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Date: 01 Apr 1995 09:52:21
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Activists Arrested after Rangoon demonstration

Inside Sources, Voice of the Peacock, Vol.2 no.2, March 1995

Fifty prodemocracy activists were detained after a rare public demonstration in Rangoon last month, and those arrested may be at risk of ill treatment or torture according to the human rights organization Amnesty International.

These young activists were arrested on February 20 during the funeral procession for Burma's first and only elected prime minister, U Nu.

The young people gathered peacefully at the site of his funeral procession and shouted slogans, and then were apparently arrested.

"Amnesty International urgently calls on the military authorities to ensure that none of these activists are tortured or ill treated while in detention."

Two of the demonstrators, Maung Maung Oo and Moe Myat Thu, were badly beaten by military Intelligence agents as they were arrested.

The two students beaten during the arrests had been arrested previously in 1989 for their prodemocracy work, Amnesty International said. It described Moe Myat Thu as close associate of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Another of those arrests, Ni Ni, is the sister of the first student killed in 1988 when mass demonstrations broke out to protest 26 years of one party rule and she also has been arrested previously.