Myanmar to release students if they prove their enrollment

Myanmar to release students if they prove their enrollment

Protesters arrested this week In Letpadan will be released to their parents if they can prove they are enrolled in college or university, the Ministry of Home Affairs has announced.

According to a ministry statement Wednesday, demonstrators protesting against the National Education Law broke through police blockades in Letpadan Township, Bago Region, destroying barriers, using rods and stones and throwing bottles of drinking water at officers.

Police acted to quell the riot, and 107 males and 20 females were detained, according to the ministry. However, after questioning those detained, authorities spoke with the parents of students about taking home their children if they were attending school, the statement says.

Ten monks who participated in the conflict were sent back to their monasteries, the Home Affairs Ministry says, adding that the remainder of those detained will be dealt with by the courts.

About 60 protesters appeared in court on Wednesday, facing five charges under the Penal Code, including rioting and unlawful assembly.

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