Friday, April 04, 2008

Burma: 8 labour activists arrested after constitution protest

Burmese authorities have arrested eight activists this week according to the opposition party.

Eight members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party led by detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have been arrested since Sunday, spokesman Nyan Win said. No reason was given for their detention, he said.

AFP reports they were arrested after about 50 members of NLD’s youth wing staged a small protest last week against a constitution proposed by the military, which will go before voters in a referendum next month. Imprisoned labour activist Su Su Nway, meanwhile, has been charged for staging anti-government protests last year, he said.