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Myanmar police drag away factory workers after protest over working conditions

  • In this Feb 19, 2015 photo, Myanmar workers of Korean-owned Costec garment factory stage a sit-in protest under a makeshift tent camp outside the entrance to the factory in Shwepyithar, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Police have detained more than a dozen factory workers, when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into downtown Yangon late Wednesday demanding higher wages and better working conditions after negotiations between factory owners, labor union representatives, employees and government officials were at a standstill, with the authorities threatening a crackdown if the workers don't give up their protest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    In this Feb 19, 2015 photo, Myanmar workers of Korean-owned Costec garment factory stage a sit-in protest under a makeshift tent camp outside the entrance to the factory in Shwepyithar, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Police have detained more than a dozen factory workers, when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into downtown Yangon late Wednesday demanding higher wages and better working conditions after negotiations between factory owners, labor union representatives, employees and government officials were at a standstill, with the authorities threatening a crackdown if the workers don't give up their protest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Feb 19, 2015 photo, Myanmar workers of Korean-owned Costec garment factory gather to collect a meal during a protest outside the entrance to the factory in Shwepyithar, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Police have detained more than a dozen factory workers, when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into downtown Yangon late Wednesday, March 4, 2015 demanding higher wages and better working conditions after Negotiations between factory owners, labor union representatives, employees and government officials were at a standstill, with the authorities threatening a crackdown if the workers don't give up their protest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    In this Feb 19, 2015 photo, Myanmar workers of Korean-owned Costec garment factory gather to collect a meal during a protest outside the entrance to the factory in Shwepyithar, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Police have detained more than a dozen factory workers, when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into downtown Yangon late Wednesday, March 4, 2015 demanding higher wages and better working conditions after Negotiations between factory owners, labor union representatives, employees and government officials were at a standstill, with the authorities threatening a crackdown if the workers don't give up their protest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Myanmar workers of Korean-owned Costec garment factory stand in a line to collect a meal during a protest outside the entrance to the factory in Shwepyithar, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Police detained more than a dozen factory workers, when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into downtown Yangon late Wednesday, March 4, 2015 demanding higher wages and better working conditions after Negotiations between factory owners, labor union representatives, employees and government officials were at a standstill, with the authorities threatening a crackdown if the workers don't give up their protest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    In this Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Myanmar workers of Korean-owned Costec garment factory stand in a line to collect a meal during a protest outside the entrance to the factory in Shwepyithar, suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Police detained more than a dozen factory workers, when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into downtown Yangon late Wednesday, March 4, 2015 demanding higher wages and better working conditions after Negotiations between factory owners, labor union representatives, employees and government officials were at a standstill, with the authorities threatening a crackdown if the workers don't give up their protest. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

Police say they have detained more than a dozen factory workers, who were demanding higher wages and better working conditions, in a protest that follows a crackdown on students outside Myanmar's biggest city.

The detentions came when about 100 workers tried to march from their factories into the country's old capital late Wednesday but were blocked by police. After some workers staged a sit-in, police dragged them away.

The protest in two industrial zones near Yangon came as police in an area 140 kilometers (90 miles) from Yangon were faced off with hundreds of students demanding education reforms.

Since the country started moving from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy just four years ago, the government has found itself grappling with the consequences of newfound freedoms of expression.