Tamil Diplomat

Myanmar police beat students, journalists, monks, detain about 100

 Myanmar police beat students, monks and journalists with batons on Tuesday as they dispersed a protest against a proposed new education law after a standoff that lasted more than a week, a Reuters witness said.

About 100 people were detained.

Over 200 students and supporters have been protesting against an education bill they say stifles academic independence. They had planned to walk from the central city of Mandalay to the commercial hub of Yangon, but were blocked by police in Letpadan, about 140 km (90 miles) to the north of Yangon, earlier this month.Police had said they would allow the students to continue their march on Tuesday, but that agreement fell apart. Riot police charged at the students and their supporters, chasing some into a monastery.Both protesters and police used slingshots against each other, the witness said.