Rare Student Protest in Myanmar

YANGON, MYANMAR—Students held a second day of demonstrations at Yangon University Saturday.   The rare, illegal protest is a response to legislation that centralizes control of universities and, according to civics groups, curtails efforts to bring about autonomy for Myanmar’s institutions of higher learning.

The students marched to the locked gates of Yangon University and climbed over to let themselves in when officials did not open them.  The protestors pledged their willingness to be arrested at the modest but historic display of defiance against authority in a country still making the transition from an autocratic military government toward democracy.

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