Mayanmar junta arrests key pro-democracy activists

November 14th, 2007 - 2:12 am ICT by admin  
Among those detained was Htay Kywe, who had been in hiding since the crackdown and was a prominent activist in a 1988 uprising, reported the BBC.

The arrests came as thousands attended the first pro-government rally organised by the junta in Yangon since the suppression of the protests.

Many apparently attended the rally under coercion.

According to human rights group, Amnesty International, the other leaders detained overnight include Thin Thin Aye and Aung Htoo.

Amnesty fears the detainees are at risk of torture and ill treatment.

“All three were involved in the early demonstrations at the end of August of this year and then basically went into hiding and were sought by the authorities, and they were only discovered today,” Amnesty representative Daniel Alberman told the BBC’s Newshour programme.

Several thousand people have reportedly been taken into detention since the military government cracked down on the protests at the end of September.

Meanwhile, UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who met junta leaders earlier this month, is due to arrive in Thailand on Sunday, hoping to prepare the ground for a follow-up visit to Burma.

Earlier this week, the UN Security Council issued a statement condemning the violent suppression of anti-government protests.

The junta said in response that it “deeply regretted” the statement. (ANI)

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