The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

Myanmar makes new mine protest arrests


YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar authorities on Friday said they had made a fresh round of arrests over a spate of protests demanding apologies for a police crackdown on a rally at a Chinese-backed copper mine last month.

Demonstrations have been held across the country in a display of public anger for injuries, including severe burns, sustained by dozens of monks in a pre-dawn raid on protest camps at the mine in November.

"Some activists were arrested for questioning," a police official told AFP, asking not to be named. He said they were picked up in Myanmar's second-biggest city Mandalay for protesting without permission.

Activist group All Burma Federation of Student Unions, which took part in street action this week, said eight people were arrested late on Thursday.