Activists seized ahead of protest anniversary

BURMA: More than 20 activists have been detained across Burma ahead of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of a military crackdown on students.

Kyaw Ko Ko, leader of the All Burma Federation of Students Union, said 23 people were arrested in the crackdown, which began on Friday night. Another leading activist, Ko Ko Kyi, said those detained were expected to be released late yesterday.

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Kyaw Ko Ko said those detained included activists freed in a January amnesty ordered by president Thein Sein, after the release from house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.