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Myanmar police beat, kick student protesters

Myanmar police beat, kick student protesters
Student protesters clash with riot police during a march in Letpadan, Myanmar on March 10. (Soe Than Win / AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of police in Myanmar charged student protesters with batons Tuesday, kicking and beating them as they dragged them into trucks in a effort to end a days-long standoff in the town of Letpadan.

Witnesses said many of the demonstrators were injured in the crackdown, though the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

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Police also chased journalists, scattering them in all directions.

The clash came after student protesters started a sit-in on a road near a monastery in Letpadan last week when authorities prevented them from marching to Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon, about 90 miles to the south.

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The demonstrators want the government to scrap a newly passed education law that they say curbs academic freedom.

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