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Myanmar releases 523 more protesters in Myanmar biggest city: official
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15:07, October 07, 2007

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The Myanmar authorities have released 523 more protesters on Friday and Saturday, bringing the total freed so far to 1,215 out of 2,093 detained for being involved in recent protests in the biggest city of Yangon, according to an official press media Sunday.

Besides, the authorities also freed 398 monks out of 533 taken away by the government security forces for interrogation during recent raids on some monasteries in Yangon amid curfew order, the up-date official figures of the New Light of Myanmar show.

These freed monks were sent back to their respective monasteries, the report said.

Earlier official reports said some four high monks, who were charged with leading the demonstrations, escaped.

The situation in Yangon has been so far calm under curfew and ban of demonstration imposed since Sept. 25.

A compiled statistics based on the official figures show that a total of 10 protesters were killed and 16 other civilians injured by shots fired by the security forces, while 45 government security forces members wounded during clashes amid the ban.

Since Sept. 18, Buddhist monks and people had taken to the streets to stage peaceful demonstrations in Yangon and other parts of the country, demanding the government to bring down commodity prices, improve people's living conditions and seek national reconciliation.

The authorities charged the demonstrations and later unrest with being stirred up by anti-government internal and external groups as well as some Western leading broadcasting stations.

Source: Xinhua

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