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Reuter: 191 NLDs Arrested in Burma
- Subject: Reuter: 191 NLDs Arrested in Burma
- From: ktint@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 07:15:00
191 NLDs Arrested in Burma
RANGOON, May 23 (Reuter) - Burma's military government has arrested 191
members or supporters of the pro-democracy National League for Democracy,
party leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday.
"To date 191 members or supporters of the NLD have been arrested. Of
the 191, all but four are elected representatives of the party," she told a
news conference at her home.
Suu Kyi said the arrests were made by the ruling State Law and Order
Restoration Council (SLORC) because they did not want a Sunday party
congress of the NLD to take place.
"We still intend to go ahead with the conference," she said, adding
that the latest arrests were expected.
"It is quite clear they (SLORC) are frightened," Suu Kyi said about
the military's action.
The SLORC said earlier on Thursday that those held were not arrested
but were being detained for questioning to prevent what it called anarchy.
The SLORC did not detail how many activists were being held.