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Myanmar police prevent student protesters from marching to the country's biggest city

  • Student protesters shout from inside a monastery after police surrounded the monastery apparently to prevent them from proceeding with a protest march to Yangon from Letpadan, north of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, March 2. 2015. Student protesters who are marching from Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay to old capital Yangon continued their trek Monday after suspending it for ten days. Myanmar's government warned student protesters last month against marching to Yangon to seek educational reforms, saying "action will be taken" to restore law and order if they go ahead. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Student protesters shout from inside a monastery after police surrounded the monastery apparently to prevent them from proceeding with a protest march to Yangon from Letpadan, north of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, March 2. 2015. Student protesters who are marching from Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay to old capital Yangon continued their trek Monday after suspending it for ten days. Myanmar's government warned student protesters last month against marching to Yangon to seek educational reforms, saying "action will be taken" to restore law and order if they go ahead. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers stand by and water cannon car waits outside Aung Mye Beikman monastery where student protesters are camping out in Letpadan, north of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, March 2. 2015. Student protesters who are marching from Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay to old capital Yangon continued their trek Monday after suspending it for ten days. Myanmar's government warned student protesters last month against marching to Yangon to seek educational reforms, saying "action will be taken" to restore law and order if they go ahead. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Police officers stand by and water cannon car waits outside Aung Mye Beikman monastery where student protesters are camping out in Letpadan, north of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, March 2. 2015. Student protesters who are marching from Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay to old capital Yangon continued their trek Monday after suspending it for ten days. Myanmar's government warned student protesters last month against marching to Yangon to seek educational reforms, saying "action will be taken" to restore law and order if they go ahead. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Student protesters wait near the gate of Aung Mye Beikman monastery after police surrounded the monastery apparently to prevent them from proceeding with a protest march to Yangon from Letpadan, north of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, March 2. 2015. Student protesters who are marching from Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay to old capital Yangon continued their trek Monday after suspending it for ten days. Myanmar's government warned student protesters last month against marching to Yangon to seek educational reforms, saying "action will be taken" to restore law and order if they go ahead. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Student protesters wait near the gate of Aung Mye Beikman monastery after police surrounded the monastery apparently to prevent them from proceeding with a protest march to Yangon from Letpadan, north of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, March 2. 2015. Student protesters who are marching from Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay to old capital Yangon continued their trek Monday after suspending it for ten days. Myanmar's government warned student protesters last month against marching to Yangon to seek educational reforms, saying "action will be taken" to restore law and order if they go ahead. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

Truckloads of police have prevented hundreds of student protesters from marching to Myanmar's biggest city to push for educational reform.

Students have been marching from Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay to Yangon, the old capital, since January, demanding changes to an education law that they say inhibits academic freedom.

The demonstrators have spent the last 10 days in Letpadan, about 145 kilometers (90 miles) north of Yangon, and had planned to resume their rally Monday.

But they woke up to find more than a dozen police vehicles, including a water cannon truck, parked outside the monastery where they were staying.

The government warned the students last week that if they continued with the protest, action would be taken "to maintain law and order, security and tranquility."