Protestors Arrested at US Embassy in Rangoon


Irawaddy news, 4th June 2009

The family of a detained prisoner was arrested after demonstrating in front of the US embassy on University Avenue Road in Rangoon at 10 a.m. On Thursday, according to local residents in Bahan Township.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy, residents said five family members, including three children, were arrested by police after standing in front of the embassy for 15 minutes holding a placard that read, “Our father was unfairly arrested. Release him!”

It is as yet unclear who the prisoner is or whether he was convicted for political reasons.

The new US embassy was built on the south bank of Inya Lake on University Avenue Road, not far from the lakeside residence where pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was held during her term of house arrest.

 

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