Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Supporters of Burmese pro-democracy activist detained

A dozen members of the pro-democracy party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi have been detained by Burmese authorities after protesting Thursday against her continued house arrest, The Associated Press reported.

The 12 were part of a larger group of protestors who, on the occasion of Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday, massed outside the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party, in Rangoon.

Over 100 supporters of the ruling military junta responded with force to the demonstrations, punching and beating some of the protestors.

Suu Kyi’s house arrest has been extended for another year despite international leaders’ repeated calls for her release.

As the article notes, she “has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years under detention.”

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