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Student activist Po Po released on bail

Yadana Su Po Khine, also known as Po Po, who was arrested on 8 April (Photo: DVB)

Student activist Yadana Su Po Khine, also known as Po Po, has been released on bail by a court in Rangoon.

The All Burma Federation of Student Unions’ member was detained in March, following a peaceful protest in Hledan in Rangoon, and has since been incarcerated in Insein prison.

Robert San Aung, Po Po’s defence lawyer, said the Kamayut township court on 30 July granted her bail with a bond of five million kyat (US$4,166).

“The court considered the fact that Po Po is a young woman and student, and granted her bail so her studies would not be interrupted,” he told DVB on Thursday.

Po Po appeared at the court on Thursday alongside two other student activists. The three are facing charges for unlawful assembly, rioting and sedition for staging a protest on 10 March which condemned police brutality in the break-up of the Letpadan sit-in earlier that day.

Speaking to DVB by phone shortly after her release, Po Po said, “I don’t see why I should be happy to be released since I never did any wrong. Moreover, as our comrades remain behind bars, I somehow felt guilty to be the one who is out.

“We have a lot of work to do in the outside world and I am determined to continue our fight until our 11-point list of demands is fulfilled.”

Student protests broke out across the country in March over the National Education Law, which activists say restricts educational freedoms. An amendment bill was later drawn up after negotiations between student groups and government officials, but was only passed in parliament after several of the students’ demands had been omitted.

The next court hearing for the case is scheduled for 13 August.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Chronology of student protests across Burma