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BURMESE JUNTA SAYS IT HAS MASS SUPP
Subject: Re: BURMESE JUNTA SAYS IT HAS MASS SUPPORT
> from BurmaNet News: December 6, 1995 #296
> BURMESE JUNTA SAYS IT HAS MASS SUPPORT
> December 5, 1995 (Nation or Post - sorry, lost the citation)
> RANGOON- The Burmese junta said yesterday that thousands of
> people across Burma had rallied over the weekend in support of a
> constitutional convention which has been boycotted by the opposition.
SLORC and its predecessor, BSPP, always coerced the public for rallies.
In late 1992 or 1993, the SLORC organized a USDA "public rally" in
the town of Haka. A few days earlier, each household received a notice
informing them if they don't send a person to represent the household
in the gathering, their "ration book" (which is required to buy rationed
rice at the "co-operative" shop) would be canceled. People were forced
to line up in the open field in two very cold winter mornings -- one for
rehearsal and one actual. The "rally" was taped from a chopper to air
on "Myanmar TV".
> Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking at one of her weekend public
> addresses outside her house on Sunday, said she had received a
> letter from Monywa which said the public had been coerced into
> attending the mass rally.
> " On Saturday, motor vehicles equipped with loudspeakers
> roamed the streets of Monywa, saying that one person from each
> household must attend the Sunday rally or face the consequences,"
> she quoted the letter as saying.
> It also said that local authorities had made house calls to
> remind people they would face fines if anyone refused to show up.
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