Security officials have responded to dissent with a brutal crackdown and detained thousands, including five people arrested in Myanmar's biggest city Yangon Friday, minutes after being interviewed by CNN journalists, according to eyewitnesses.
The CNN team visited the "Ten Miles" bazaar in Yangon's Insein township, where they interviewed some local residents. Among the interviewees were two women who raised the three-finger protest salute.
The pair were arrested by a group of security officials within three to five minutes of the CNN team leaving the area, according to eyewitnesses. The women work at a shop in the market. They were taken to Shwe Pyi Thar Interrogation Center, a source close to them said.