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Detainees categorised according to protest involvement

Oct 9, 2007 (DVB), Government officials have categorised detainees into four groups based on their level of involvement in recent anti-government demonstrations in Burma.

Family members of one person who was arrested on 27 September and sent to an interrogation centre were told he would not be released because he was a category B detainee. The man was accused of holding a flag during the protest.

The categories range from A, which includes protest leaders or organisers and politicians, to D, people who were bystanders at the protests or clapped their hands in support. Category B denotes those who held flags or marched in the first row of protestors.

The level a detainee is given determines whether they will be released. Those in category A and B will remain in detention, while category D prisoners will be released. There is no further information on those in category C or what will happen to them.

The government has claimed that they have recently released 404 monks, one novice, 158 men and 30 women, leaving only 109 monks and 9 laymen still in detention.

Opposition groups put the figure of those detained as high as 6,000 with estimates of up to 200 people killed in the government crackdowns on protestors.

Reporting by Nay Htoo

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