Burma: Opposition members jailed

A court in military-ruled Burma handed down prison sentences to six opposition party members who were arrested after last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations, a party spokesman said.

A Mandalay court convicted the six of creating public alarm and promoting hatred, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from two to 13 years, said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy.

Pro-democracy protests raged across the country in September 2007 before they were violently crushed by the army, leaving at least 31 people dead, according to the United Nations. Thousands of people were arrested.


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