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Background Students in Myanmar have for months been protesting the newly adopted National Education Law, which they say curtails academic freedom. In January 2015, student groups from across the country began a series of peaceful marches towards Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. In February marches were suspended as the authorities and student leaders engaged in talks to amend the law. However, as talks broke down, student leaders attempted to resume the march on 3 March while police tried to prevent it – leading to the current standoff. —  ]]>