Thursday, November 15, 2007

Burmese Student Protesters in Thailand Fear Reprisals

Source: Irrawaddy News

Burmese students in Thailand who staged an anti-regime demonstration in Bangkok fear they face reprisals after Burma’s embassy in the Thai capital refused to renew the passport of one of them.

Ko Ko Lwin, a third year student at St. John’s University in Bangkok, told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that when he applied at the embassy earlier this month for a passport renewal his application was rejected. Ko Ko Lwin said he had participated in a demonstration in front of the embassy on September 30, to condemn the way the authorities had suppressed protests in Rangoon the week before.

Ko Ko Lwin said his passport expires in two days’ time, making it impossible for him to return to Burma without being arrested.

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