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Activists held at rally over '88 uprising

August 09, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The military government arrested 48 activists on a protest march to mark the 20th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in which an estimated 3,000 people were killed, an opposition official said.

The group of mainly young men staged a silent walk through the northwestern town of Taunggok before being stopped by police.

Leaders of the 1988 uprising have been behind bars since the start of demonstrations last August over increases in the price of fuel. They are just a few of an estimated 1,100 political prisoners.

Democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest in Yangon.

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