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Six protesters given jail terms

October 25, 2008|Times Wire Reports

A court in military-ruled Myanmar handed down prison sentences to six opposition party members who were arrested after pro-democracy demonstrations last year, a party spokesman said.

A Mandalay court convicted the six of creating public alarm and promoting hatred, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from two to 13 years, said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy.

The army violently crushed pro-democracy protests across the country in September last year, leaving at least 31 people dead, according to the United Nations. Thousands of people were arrested.

The party is led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest.

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