One of the leaders of fuel price protests in Myanmar has been arrested by the military junta following a manhunt across the country’s Yangon region. Htin Kyaw has already been detained three times this year for protesting over declining living standards. Secretly-filmed footage of his arrest apparently shows he was beaten as he was seized. Kyaw is one of 13 dissidents recently arrested and accused of “harming the stability of the state” after they led a huge demonstration against the fuel price hike.
The group contains influential figures behind a 1988 student uprising that the military ruthlessly suppressed with thousands killed. Most of the protests have been in Yangon but there have also been demonstrations outside the former Burmese embassy in the Thai capital, Bangkok. Around 90 people called for the miltary junta to revoke the fuel price increases and end the violent crackdown on activists.