The conclusion of Burma’s National Convention on Sept. 3 shows that Burma’s military intends to ignore public sentiment and remain in power indefinitely, said Human Rights Watch Sept. 5. Street demonstrations, very rare under Burma’s repressive government, during the past two weeks were sparked by sharply increased fuel prices, which were hiked in mid-August. More than 150 activists have been arrested by authorities, and the low-key conclusion to the convention was likely a further response to the popular unrest. (Reuters)

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