Four months after a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, the government of Myanmar has stepped up arrests of dissenters, breaking a promise to the UN, according to the human rights group Amnesty International. “Rather than stop its unlawful arrests, the Myanmar government has actually accelerated them,” the group, based in London, said in a report. It said the junta had arrested 96 people since November, when it assured a UN envoy that it would bring the detentions to a halt. Ten activists including prominent pro-democracy leader Min Ko Naing have been charged over the fuel price protests which grew into countrywide anti-government demonstrations.(IHT, BBC)

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