Girl among 20 held for illegal gathering

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 18 May 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: A seven-year-old girl clutching a teddy bear was among a group of 20 Myanmar nationals who were detained by police for staging an illegal demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy in Jalan Ru, off Jalan Ampang here yesterday. 

The girl, identified as Su Iwin Hnin clutched the teddy bear close to her chest as she watched her mother Sein Mar, a journalist, lead a group of people, claiming to represent the Democratic Federation of Burma, in chanting anti-government slogans during the 11.30am protest. 

Iwin Hnin, who could not stand the hot sun began crying and her mother comforted her while answering questions from journalists. 

The protestors, some wearing red bandanas, carried placards and banners denouncing the Myanmar government’s decision to hold its national constitutional convention yesterday. 

They also demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party is boycotting the talks. 

Sien Mar said the protestors had come from Penang and Shah Alam.  

Policemen arrested the protestors when they refused to disperse peacefully after they had presented a memorandum to an embassy official. 

The protestors were taken to the Cheras district police headquarters for questioning. 

A police official said Sien Mar and Iwin Hnin were released later.  

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