AT LEAST 40 PROTESTERS CONVICTED IN SECRET MYANMAR TRIALS: AMNESTY (AFP)

AFP - At least 40 protesters in Myanmar, including seven Buddhist monks, have been sentenced to prison after secret trials over last year's pro-democracy marches, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

In September, Buddhist monks spearheaded the biggest anti-government protests in Yangon in nearly 20 years, but the military regime violently suppressed the movement by opening fire on crowds and beating people in the streets.

Officially, more than 3,000 people were arrested during the crackdown. The junta says the vast majority have been released.

But Amnesty said in a statement that at least 700 are still behind bars, and at least 40 of them have been sentenced to prison after secret trials.

Link to source-webpage, obtained via: Yahoo! News: Asia News, March 31, 2008, 10:38pm

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