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Military intelligence arrests four

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
November 4, 2000, Saturday


Military intelligence arrests four students for staging protest

Text of report by Burmese opposition radio on 31st October

DVB [Democratic Voice of Burma] has learned that four students
from Tavoy State High School No.4 have been taken in for questioning
by the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council] Military
Intelligence [MI]. The four students who had been expelled entered the
school on 26th October and shouted their dissatisfaction and staged a
protest. Other students joined them and shouted anti-government slogans.
Headmaster U Saw Shein and the teachers were able to  control the situation.

The MI found out about the matter and questioned the headmaster, teachers,
and responsible parents on 28th October. One student was detained at
Wekyin police station in Tavoy. The remaining three are being interrogated at
the MI Unit-19 camp. The four arrested students are Kyaw Lin and Thet Zaw
Htay, both 8th standard students, and Saw Nge Nge and Thet Naing Win,
both 9th standard students. No details have been received on why they were
expelled and why they came back to school to stage the protest.

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, Oslo, in Burmese 1245 gmt 31 Oct 00