Police Arrest Student Protestors in Mandalay

By Zarni Mann 26 April 2017

MANDALAY — Four students protesting draconian rules at Sagaing Teacher Training College were arrested in front of the Department of Higher Education (Upper Burma) in Mandalay on Wednesday.

Student union members Ko Zaw Ye Htut, Ko Hnin Aung, Ko Kaung Zaw Hein, and Ko Ye Myo Swe were detained at Chanayethazan Township’s No. 8 police station, an officer from the police station told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday.

“We are currently questioning them [the students] and it is too early to say whether we will file a lawsuit against them under the Peaceful Assembly Act or not,” he said.

During the protest, the students held placards urging the college to respect students’ freedom and human rights, to practice democracy, and to stop oppressing students.

“Rules like not allowing mobile phones on the campus and strict timetables are like the rules in the army, not the rules of a college,” said Ko Zaw Ye Htut during the protest.