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Burma: Military Continues Arrests; At Least 71 Held:NLD
RANGOON, Burma (Dow Jones)--Burma's military regime ignored internatio=
protests Wednesday and stepped up arrests of democratic opposition leader=
holding at least 71 people in custody, the opposition said.
Among those arrested in Rangoon was Win Htein, personal assistant and
spokesman for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said opposition spok=
Aye Win, a cousin of Suu Kyi.
Aye Win affirmed that Suu Kyi hadn't yet been arrested and 'was fine.'=
members of the central committee of her opposition party, the National =
for Democracy (NLD), were still at their homes, he said.
The government has given no reason for the current spate of arrests =
and it is
unclear where the detainees are being held.
Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto said in Tokyo Wednesday he =
concerned over the arrests, and that the move went 'against the democrati=
process,' according to Kyodo News.
'I am closely following developments,' Hashimoto added.
And Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama told a Wednesday press
conference that Japan hopes Burma will work toward democratization and =
dialogue with the NLD, Kyodo reported.
(END) AP-DOW JONES NEWS 22-05-96