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Sunday, January 24, 1999 Published at 13:23 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Burma government arrests opposers

The authorities in Burma say they have arrested a number of people, including eleven members of the National League for Democracy, for distributing leaflets against the government.

The arrests were made last month, but only announced by the state-run media on Sunday.

On Saturday, the All-Burma Federation of Student Unions said two-hundred-and-seventy students had been given prison terms ranging from seven to fifty-two years in secret trials.

The union said the students had supported calls for the convening of the parliament elected in nineteen-ninety but prevented by the military from meeting.

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