Burma Nabs Top Dissidents

By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2007 10:02 AM CDT
Prominent activists from 88 Generation Students group, Ko Ko Gyi, second from left, Min Ko Naing, third from left, and Htay Kywe, fourth from left, lead supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Myanmar’s rulers have arrested just about every major dissident at large, the BBC reports. The junta rounded up three more prominent figures, among them Htay Kywe, who had been in hiding. He was a leader not only of the recent protests but of the 1988 uprising as well. Amnesty International expressed “fear that they risk torture and ill treatment.”

Meanwhile, Rangoon hosted a pro-government rally—populated, at least in part, unvoluntarily. Marchers chanted slogans denouncing the West and the foreign media. Opponents said local factories had been ordered to send 50 attendees apiece, and many demonstrators were bused in. One explained they'd “just read out everything written by the authorities," Reuters reports.