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Burmese State Media accuse demonstrators of force
The Myanmar state press blames the demonstrators for the violent outbreak on Tuesday when the riot squad of college action groups called on the Myanmar administration to abolish an educational reforms bill.
The Global New Light of Myanmar, a government-run newspaper that often reflected formal views, indicated on Wednesday that the demonstrators were to blame for trying to "free themselves from the environment of the police", which resulted in violence.120 arrests were made and many were wounded, leading to new fears that the recent political reform in the South East Asia region would be overturned.
The National League for Democracy, the National League for Democracy, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, took the policing as unlawful and demanded the establishment of a fact-finding commission: At a periodic meeting in Washington, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki denounced the use of violence against the students.
"The European Union demanded a formality of inquiry, and added that it was "deeply concerned" about the event; Human Rights Watch also asked Myanmar to stop its suppression of protest by Myanmar and " investigating officials in charge of the use of excessively violent acts against demonstrators"; "the brutal beatings by civilian policemen and violent men by civilians mark an unsightly comeback to the road raids of human rights watch", said Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch.
"Protesters are calling on the group of hundred college kids to join a walk from Mandalay to get to Yangon, Myanmar's capital. However, the walk was halted by policemen on 2 März in the town of Letpadan, about 130 kilometres northern of Yangon, according to student reports that the government's educational reforms bill will centralise scrutiny of Myanmar's university.
However, pro-democracy campaigners say they believe they are experiencing a comeback to old Burma, where army leaders are banning freedom of expression and taking violent action against protes.