Myanmar police beat and arrest student protesters, journalists

Myanmar police beat and arrest student protesters, journalists
Police clash with student protesters during a protest in Letpadan March 10, 2015.

The police violently cracked down the main student protesters' column blocked in Letpadan in the afternoon on March 10, beating and arresting not only the students but also the journalists covering news, bringing the number of about 50 people detained.

The police started beating the students trying to join the main student protesters' column while finding confronted by the main student boycott column in the afternoon.

Beating and arresting monks and journalists apart from the students

The police were forcibly beating and arresting the Buddhist monks and local people from Letpadan joining hands with the students starting at 1.30 pm.

According to the reports gained up to 3 pm, the six injured were rushed to Letpadan People's Hospital. A plan was being made to send a seriously injured woman to Yangon General Hospital.

The students and the journalists fled to the nearest monastery and houses, but the police chased after them and beat them. The students in the ambulance were also beaten and arrested.

"I fled to the monastery after being beaten. Around me, I saw the female student crying and she told me that she was beaten with a baton. I pulled her and ran to the monastery.

"The crowd dispersed. A number of the protesters followed me. But the monastery was raided by the police and I had to run again," a student who was beaten by the police said at about 2.30 pm.

He added that his elder brother and younger brother were also beaten. It was not easy to save them. The police beat all they saw.

The Buddhist monks were also beaten. Two thirds of the student protesters were thought to be arrested.

Moreover, the journalists arriving at the scene said that the reporters were being beaten and arrested. At least one reporter was arrested and five were missing.

The journalists are hiding

"We were losing contact with our senior reporter Phyoe Aung Myint. Until twenty minutes ago, we were keeping in touch with him. At that time, we knew that he was beaten.

"After that we lost contact with him," the editor-in-charge of the Reporter Journal said at about 2.20 pm.

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