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George W. Bush condemns Myanmar protest crackdown

Myanmar student protesters (L) clash with riot police during a march in Letpadan town, some 130 kilometres north of Myanmar's main city on March 10, 2015Former US president George W. Bush on Thursday hit out at a crackdown on student-led protests in Myanmar which have sparked international alarm, calling for the swift release of those arrested. In a joint statement with his wife, ex-first lady Laura Bush, the former US leader urged Myanmar to free student leader Phyoe Phyoe Aung, who is a part of a forum run by the Bush Institute. “We are deeply concerned about the recent arrests of peaceful demonstrators in Burma by local authorities,” Bush said, describing Phyoe Phyoe Aung as a “passionate advocate for education” in the Southeast Asian nation.

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