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Activists leaping back into the fire

While President Thein Sein is lauded by the international community as a reformer, those organising peaceful protests in the country are dealing with repression similar to what they faced under the old regime

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After serving 14 years in some of Myanmar's most notorious prisons following his arrest for participating in a protest while a student in 1991, Bo Bo Han is now facing the prospect of another year behind bars. His crime? Leading a peaceful march to the Gen Aung San monument in Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, on International Peace Day, Sept 21, last year. 

OUT OF THE DARKNESS: Young readers visit a library that Bo Bo Han has funded himself.

''The 2008 constitution gives us the right to demonstrate peacefully. But the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law effectively means we need police approval before demonstrating,'' Bo Bo Han said. ''But if we had applied for permission we knew we wouldn't get it.''

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