Thursday, January 31, 2013

Burmese authorities arrest French peace marcher

Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:03 Mizzima News

Burmese authorities apprehended a French citizen on Wednesday morning as he walked alongside peace marchers from Kywebwe to Taungoo in Pegu Region. Reports to Mizzima indicate that the man was to be sent to Rangoon to be deported immediately.

The man’s identity was not confirmed, and the French Embassy could not be contacted for comment.

However, one of the peace marchers—who set off from Rangoon on January 21 on a 1,300-km march to Kachin State capital Laiza to protest against the ongoing conflict between government forces and Kachin rebels—told Mizzima that the Frenchman had introduced himself as “a supporter of peace”, and said he wanted to march with the Burmese activists on Tuesday evening.

When the marchers arrived in Taungoo on Wednesday morning, the township’s administrative chief asked the foreigner for his passport at which point the man identified himself as a tourist from France, said peace activist Htet Paing.

The Westerner remained in Taungoo after the marchers continued north, and at about 10 am police and authorities went to his guest house to apprehend him, Htet Paing said.
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