9 activists arrested in Myanmar for marching in support of detained opposition leader Suu Kyi

By Associated Press
6:03 AM EST, December 30, 2008
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Nine activists were arrested in Myanmar’s commercial capital Tuesday during a march calling for the release of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, witnesses said.

The eight men and one woman from Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party were grabbed and shoved into waiting trucks by plainclothes police officers outside the old parliament building in Yangon, witnesses said on condition of anonymity because of fear of government retribution.

The protesters started their march at the party’s headquarters and walked silently along Yangon’s main road for about 30 minutes before they were detained, witnesses said. Some carried a banner calling for Suu Kyi’s release.

It was not immediately clear where the NLD members were taken.LD spokesman Nyan Win said he heard that female party member Htet Htet Oo Wei was among those who marched but he could not confirm her arrest.

Htet Htet Oo Wei has been arrested several times in the past and was detained for about a month in May after she and nearly 20 party members marched from party headquarters to Suu Kyi’s house.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-as-myanmar-activists-arrested,0,5381446.story

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