Myanmar charges 69 protesters with rioting after police crackdown

March 25, 2015 12:06 PM

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Myanmar charges 69 protesters with rioting after police crackdown

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court laid charges, including rioting, on Wednesday against 69 students involved in a protest two weeks ago that was broken up in a police action that drew sharp criticism from Western governments, a student activist said.

Police clubbed students, monks and journalists with wooden batons to disperse protesters, according to a Reuters witness who reported the clashes in the town of Letpadan, about 140 km (90 miles) north of Yangon, on March 10.

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