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Myanmar arrests more democracy activists despite UN denunciation

[JURIST] Myanmar [JURIST news archive] detained four more pro-democracy activists Saturday as part of its ongoing crackdown [JURIST report] on opponents of the ruling military junta. The latest detainees include Htay Kywe, Mie Mie (also known as Thin Thin Aye), and Aung Thu, all members of the 1988 Generation Students group [BBC backgrounder]. The fourth was activist Ko Ko. Htae Kywe organized some of the early peaceful protests and had gone into hiding in an effort to avoid arrest. Amnesty International is concerned for the activists' safety [press release].

The military government made the arrests after rejecting [JURIST report] a UN Security Council denunciation [statement text; press release] of its use of violence against peaceful demonstrators and its accompanying call for Myanmar to release political prisoners and negotiate with the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). AP has more.

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