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Straits Times 5/28
- Subject: Straits Times 5/28
- From: mcs@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 15:30:00
May 28, 1996
YANGON -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National
League for Democracy (NLD) yesterday launched the second day of a party
congress which went ahead despite the detention of more than 250 NLD
activists in the military junta's attempt to stop it.
The opening day of the conference on Sunday culminated in a massive show of
support for the NLD as a record number of some 10,000 people turned out in
front of Aung San Suu Kyi's house to hear one of her twice-weekly addresses.
She had pledged to "march on until we reach our desired goal of democracy".
The military junta has arrested mostly party candidates who won seats in
the abortive 1990 elections.
The meeting was intended to bring the elected representatives together to
mark the sixth anniversary of the elections, but the detentions have forced
the NLD to take a different tack.
Ms Aung San Suu Kyi has announced that the meeting will be the first in a
series of party congresses which will adopt positions on a new constitution,
economic policy and issues such as human rights.
The official press has unsurprisingly failed to comment on Sunday's meeting
and the rally outside her house, but aimed several darts yesterday at the
opposition in thinly-veiled editorials.
The official New Light of Myanmar warned of "maggots" backed by outside
interests who would bring about the demise of the country, which analysts
said was a reference to Ms Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD.-- AFP, Reuter.