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March 10, 2015

students arrested under section 143, Section 145, Section 147, Section 332, Section 505 (b) Section 143 is the maximum sentenced to 6 months, Fines, 2, both stroke Section 145 is the maximum sentenced to 2 years, Fines, 2 stroke Section 147 is the maximum sentenced to 2 years, Fines, 2, both stroke Section 332 is the maximum sentenced to 3 years, Fines, 2, both stroke Section 505 (b), the maximum sentenced to 2 years, Fines, 2, both stroke You can set a total of 9 years 6 months in prison.

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11042977_811335888904036_1509722159061041010_n State media: 127 are arrested in Letpadan. 10./3/2015 More than 400 Police crackdown on protest camp Letpadan today ,near local monastery. The protesters began their sit-in just over a week ago on a road near a monastery in Letpadan after police barred them from marching to Yangon 1907471_811263695577922_2529554815858768849_n 11061333_811263658911259_9106184312713817010_n Photocredit Student union  – not use for commercial

MEDIA ON THE RUN @STUDENT CRACKDOWN 10.MARCH MYANMAR BURMA

MEDIA ON THE RUN @STUDENT CRACKDOWN 10.MARCH MYANMAR BURMA

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The police violently cracked down the main student protesters’ column blocked in Letpadan in the afternoon on March 10, beating and arresting not only the students but also the journalists covering news, bringing the number of about 50 people detained. The police started beating the students trying to join the main student protesters’ column while finding confronted by the main student boycott column in the afternoon. Beating and arresting monks and journalists apart from the students The police were forcibly beating and arresting the Buddhist monks and local people from Letpadan joining hands with the students starting at 1.30 pm. According to the reports gained up to 3 pm, the six injured were rushed to Letpadan People’s Hospital. A plan was being made to send a seriously injured woman to Yangon General Hospital. The students and the journalists fled to the nearest monastery and houses, but the police chased after them and beat them. The students in the ambulance were also beaten and arrested. “I fled to the monastery after being beaten. Around me, I saw the female student crying and she told me that she was beaten with a baton. I pulled her and ran to the monastery. The crowd dispersed. A number of the protesters followed me. But the monastery was raided by the police and I had to run again,” a student who was beaten by the police said at about 2.30 pm. He added that his elder brother and younger brother were also beaten. It was not easy to save them. The police beat all they saw. The Buddhist monks were also beaten. Two thirds of the student protesters were thought to be arrested. Moreover, the journalists arriving at the scene said that the reporters were being beaten and arrested. At least one reporter was arrested and five were missing. The journalists are hiding “We were losing contact with our senior reporter Phyoe Aung Myint. Until twenty minutes ago, we were keeping in touch with him. At that time, we knew that he was beaten. After that we lost contact with him,” the editor-in-charge of the Reporter Journal said at about 2.20 pm. “At the moment, we, the reporters, are gathering and hiding in a place. We are trying to keep in contact with the missing reporters. We have heard of some reporters arrested,” a reporter who was in the crackdown scene said. Critics condemn the police’s hostile actions to the students, monks and journalists The critics condemned the police’s violent crackdown on the students, local people and the journalists. The government’s hostile acts looked dishonest a day just before the matriculation examination starts on March 11 and it intended to happen at the same time. “To my opinion, the police’s violent action to the students goes against their codes of conducts and laws. The police have to maintain security. Their actions are far beyond rules and regulations they should follow and also go against the controlling techniques to the riots taking place in the world. For that reason, I strongly condemn the police’s violent crackdown on the student protesters. I covered the news of July 7 in 1962 (the government’s crackdown on the students). Such incident may make a comeback if it is unable to be settled. All including the government and the students have already known of the matriculation examination is getting near. The problem needs a peaceful negotiation. For example, if children have a problem with their parents, the latter must be more patient. If a man has a problem with a youth, the former must be more patient. Therefore, the government must be more patient than the students. The matriculation students have to try throughout a year. The government should take into consideration of the matriculation students. But the police cracked down on the students like so,” journalist Phoe Thaw Kyar said. “The police’s crackdown on the students goes against the law. The police beat the students with batons. They dragged down the schoolgirls from the ambulance and beat them. It is inhuman behavior. The police should not behave like so. The journalists are neither thieves nor robbers. The police should understand this point,” Phoe Thaw Kyar added. “We don’t accept the use of violence. The protest should be addressed in a peaceful way. The students are the citizens. The police should not violently crack down on the students. The students are the children. Why the police violently cracked down the students? The journalists are arrested by the police. The police or the soldiers are not allowed to shoot the journalists even in the battle field. The government is responsible for the police’s crackdown on the students,” blogger Nay Phone Latt said. “This matter is non-sense. The government used violence to the students. Who will take up the responsibility for that? A person was brutally assaulted. The people in the ambulance were also beaten,” Kyaw Thu, the chairman of free funeral service association, said. “The former political prisoners do not accept the use of violence. It poses a threat to the public. We want negotiation in any case. Such violent action won’t be a good sign in the future. Anyhow, the government will be responsible for such violent crackdown,” Myint Aung, a former political prisoner, said. “The police have no right to cracking down on the students staging the protest peacefully. The police have no right to arresting the students. The student protesters are not making any threats and they are not giving trouble. If the students stage a protest without asking for the permission, legal actions will be taken against them, but violence is not allowed to be used. The journalists were arrested in case the public should know the violent actions of the police,” advocate Kyaw Hoe said. “There is no law allowing the police to crack down on the people staging a protest peacefully. The students and the civilians surrounding the student protesters are neither those obstructing the public nor those disrupting rule of law. They are staging the protest to reform the educational system. The government should not regard them as the illegal assembly. According to the legal system, lawless assembly can’t be defined,” Kyaw Hoe added. “I would like to ask the European Union (EU) how to provide the training to Myanmar police. Do such actions involve in the training provided by the EU to control the riots and the protests? The students are demonstrating peacefully and are being surrounded by the local people. In this state, the police are cracking down on the student protesters. It is not a good sign for the future. Moreover, the police beat and arrested the journalists. So we have no rule of law in our country. Such acts are not good ones. The female students were arrested by the policeman without bringing the policewomen. The arrest of the female students undermines their dignity. Some protesters were beaten, punched and kicked. The police destroyed the vehicles including the ambulance. Such violent actions go against the law. We strongly condemned and objected to every form of crackdowns. Moreover, we demand an immediate release of the arrests, according to the statement of 88’s Peace and Open Society. The Facebook of the Ministry of Information expressed that the police dispersed the student protesters’ column in accord with the law, detaining 127 people. More than 60 political forces issued different statements, saying they condemn and object to the police’s violent crackdown. The students from Yangon also staged a protest in front of City Hall on March 5 not to make use of violence to the student protesters blocked in Letpadan.

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