Students take to the streets to protest over jailed colleagues


Students on motorcycles shout slogans during a protest against the violent police crackdown in Letpadan and calling to free all detained students, in Mandalay on March 27, 2015. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima

Students on motorcycles shout slogans during a protest against the violent police crackdown in Letpadan and calling to free all detained students, in Mandalay on March 27, 2015. Photo: Bo Bo/Mizzima

Police are reported to have made several arrests after students to the streets across Myanmar on March 27 to demand the release of all students and supporters jailed in the March 10 police crackdown in Letpadan.

Protests in support of the detained students were held in Yangon and Mandalay and several other towns including Myin Chan, Monywa and Taungoo.

Protesters carried flags, shouted slogans and used bullhorns to call for the release of the students.

Over 100 students and supporters were arrested on March 10 in a brutal police crackdown on demonstrators in Letpadan, which saw policemen beating students, supporters and journalists. Dozens are facing charges that potentially could see them jailed for up to nine years.

Calls have been made to hold the offending police officers to account.

Information Minister and the President’s spokesman U Ye Htut said that the government will watch and review videos of the violent crackdown by police.

He made the remark at the IPI World Congress being held at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon on March 27.

Minister U Ye Htut said, “We will watch the footage to identify the policemen who beat media people in Letpadan.”

He added that some police individuals might have some weaknesses.

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