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Myanmar police charge at student protesters with batons

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Student protesters struggle to break a police human chain during a demonstration ahead of a crackdown in Letpadan yesterday.


Hundreds of riot police charged at students protesting Myanmar's new education law yesterday, pummeling them with batons and then dragging them into trucks, bringing a quick, harsh end to a week-long stand-off. Authorities said more than 120 people were arrested.

Security forces threw stones and jumped over fences as they broke up the demonstration. Dozens of students and monks were chased into a Buddhist monastery, said Honey Oo, a student leader.

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"Many people were beaten and several arrested," she said by telephone.

After the crackdown, police were seen celebrating and shouting, "Victory! Victory!"

Information Minister Ye Htut said 127 people, including 65 students, were detained and 16 police and eight demonstrators had been injured.

While there were no reported deaths, yesterday's violence served as a reminder of Myanmar's recent days of brutal, authoritarian rule. A European Union delegation that has been training Myanmar's police in crowd control issued a statement expressing deep concern over the use of force against protesters and calling for a formal investigation.