Myanmar demonstrators released without charge
AFP and AP
May 23, 2012, 3:30 pm TWN
About 10 members of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party were detained for questioning Tuesday for joining Myanmar's biggest protest in almost five years, lawmakers said.
They were later released without charge.
Around 1,500 people on Monday attended the second day of a rally in the central city of Mandalay against severe power cuts, with news of the gathering spreading on Facebook.
It is the first major demonstration since an uprising led by Buddhist monks was crushed in 2007.
Peaceful protests started over the weekend in Mandalay and were called for later Tuesday in Yangon at City Hall.
A statement from the Electric Power Ministry carried in all three state-run newspapers Tuesday explained that electricity rationing was under way to cope with greater demand and decreased supply during the hot summer months.