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Police arrest opposition members during prayers

Apr 22, 2009 (DVB), Two opposition party members have been arrested whilst praying for the release of political prisoners in Burma, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

During a National League for Democracy weekly prayer meeting yesterday in Rangoon's Twante township, police arrested the township's vice chairman Chit Pe and chief organizer Maung Soe Wai.

The brother of Maung Soe Wai said the two were likely to be charged for defaming the Buddhist congregation.

"They prayed with respect in accordance with the Buddhist tradition at the pagoda," he said.

"They prayed for the welfare and release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and political prisoners."

Around 50 people were present at the prayers.

A participant in the ceremony said that about six members of the intelligence branch of the police showed up and said they had some questions to ask the two members and took them away.

"They put him in detention without questioning him," said Maung Soe Win's brother, adding that family and friends have been prevented from visiting the two detainees.

Twante township police station refused to comment, saying that the issue was in the jurisdiction of higher authorities.

Reporting by Ahunt Phone Myat


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