Myanmar's government has accused students who are protesting state educational policies of being manipulated by groups seeking to destabilize the country.

A special announcement broadcast Thursday night on state television warned that some political organizations are behind recent student protests, but did not identify them. It called on the public to cooperate, reminding them of past instability due to riots.

Public support has been growing for hundreds of students who began a peaceful march of several hundred miles (kilometers) last month, seeking to change an educational law passed last year. They complain that the law fails to give autonomy to universities and does not allow the formation of student unions.

Talks the government started Tuesday with the students were suspended over a disagreement about how many students could attend.