6 Myanmar opposition members get long jail terms


YANGON, Myanmar — A court in military-ruled Myanmar handed down stiff prison sentences Friday to six members of the pro democracy opposition, arrested after last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations. A Mandalay court convicted the six of creating public alarm and promoting hatred, and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from two to 13 years, said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy.

Pro-democracy protests raged across the country in Sept. 2007 before being violently crushed by the army, leaving at least 31 people dead, according to the U.N. Thousands of people were arrested.