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Myanmar cracks down on education protest at Yangon pagoda, drags people into trucks

  • Protesters are detained by police after a gathering opposing a new education law in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at the landmark Sule Pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Protesters are detained by police after a gathering opposing a new education law in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at the landmark Sule Pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Student protesters run after staging a protest march in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a landmark pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Student protesters run after staging a protest march in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a landmark pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer collects a traditional Burmese headwear belongs to a student protester after detaining them during a protest march in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a landmark pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    A police officer collects a traditional Burmese headwear belongs to a student protester after detaining them during a protest march in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, March 5, 2015. Police cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a landmark pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

Police have cracked down on students and other activists opposing Myanmar's new education law, charging protesters with batons and dragging them into trucks at a landmark pagoda in the heart of the old capital, Yangon.

An Associated Press photographer said several demonstrators had slight injuries.

About 30 protesters — including prominent activist Nilar Thein and other student leaders — gathered in front of the Sule Pagoda on Thursday and called on the government to amend an education law they say restricts academic freedom.

Minutes after telling the group to disperse, police and thuggish men hired for the crackdown started chasing down protesters, attacking some with batons. A half-dozen people were dragged into waiting trucks and a few journalists were hit by batons.