|Journalists escape from police beatings at the protest site in Letpadan, Bago region on March 10, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima|
Authorities in Myanmar urgently need to investigate the arrests and reported beatings by police officers of journalists covering recent protests and to punish all those responsible for the use of excessive force, the International Press Institute or IPI said March 16.
|Journalists from various news media protest for the elimination of repression of press freedom and media in Yangon on January 7, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
The Myanmar Journalist Network has called on media organisations to boycott the activities of government officials in response to what they claim was the direct targeting and beating of journalists during the March 10 crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan.
|Student protester San Lin Htike (C) talks to media after his release from Tharyarwaddy district administrative office in Bago division, Myanmar, March 12, 2015. Photo" Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners claims to have received reports of torture used on students recently detained by police in Letpadan, according to a press release from the NGO on March 13.
|Student protesters and Buddhist monks jostle with police at barricades set up by police at the students protest site in Letpadan, Bago Region, March 10, 2015. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima|
The United Nations criticised on March 13 a crackdown on student-led protests in Myanmar this week, demanding that the demonstrators be released and that the country investigate reports of excessive police force.
|Former US President George W Bush (L) and his wife Laura. Photo: George W. Bush via Facebook|
Former US president George W. Bush on March 12 hit out at a crackdown on student-led protests in Myanmar which have sparked international alarm, calling for the swift release of those arrested.