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Students wear black to protest crackdown deaths

Dec 13, 2007 (DVB), University students who wore black clothing to exams as a mark of respect for those killed during protests in September have been ordered to discontinue their campaign.

Students at Rangoon Eastern University encouraged all students to wear black after the September demonstrations to show mourning for those who died in the crackdown, according to one student.

On 21 November, around 100 students came to their examinations wearing black clothes and were made to sign an agreement to say that they would not wear black again.

Even those students who were not aware of the campaign but happened to be wearing black that day were forced to sign, but were not told why they had to do so.

A student told DVB that security had also been tightened around the campus.

"There are a lot of special police force officers in the school and security has been tight," he said.

"An officer who was at the school said there are nine people they want to arrest when the schools re-open."

In Prome University in Bago division, any students wearing black clothes have been banned from entering the university grounds.

Security measures at the university also prevent parents and anyone else except students entering the campus.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw


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