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More Burmese Muslims Seek Asylum in Malaysia - 2002-06-18

A second group of Muslims from Burma has entered the grounds of the U.N. refugee agency in Malaysia to demand asylum.

Nine men from Burma's minority Rohingya Muslim community made their way into the compound in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday, brining the number inside to 18.

On Monday, seven adults and two children, all Rohingya Muslims, entered the compound and said they would stay until granted refugee status.

The asylum seekers, who apparently have been living illegally in Malaysia, say they will face persecution if they go home.