Still dark news are coming from Burma. The rulers of the oppressive regime keep the pressure on activists and pro-democracy groups, by arresting more key figures of the protests that were held this month. Violence dominates the streets of Yangon while there are serious fears for torture and maltreatment to the ones that have been arrested or detained. BBC news service reports:

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Htay Kywe in Rangoon - 27/5/07

Htay Kywe has been in hiding since the crackdown

Burma’s military rulers have arrested three of the last remaining leaders of the recent pro-democracy protests which were violently suppressed.

Among those detained was Htay Kywe, who led some of the first marches and was a prominent activist in a 1988 uprising.
The arrests came as thousands attended a pro-government rally in Rangoon, many of them apparently under duress.


The arrests are going on, despite assurances given by the authorities to the UN

Daniel Alberman, Amnesty International

Following the latest arrests, few, if any, leaders of the 1988 generation of former student activists are thought to remain at large.

Other leaders detained overnight included Thin Thin Aye, also known as Mie Mie, and Aung Htoo, according to human rights group Amnesty International.
Amnesty fears the detainees are at risk of torture and ill treatment.

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