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Reuter: Movement Of the Enemy of
- Subject: Reuter: Movement Of the Enemy of
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- Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 23:07:00
Subject: Reuter: Movement Of the Enemy of the People
MOVEMENT OF THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
RANGOON, May 28 (Reuter) - Burma's military government lashed out on
Tuesday at democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, calling her a "puppet" of
colonialist groups and an "enemy of the people."
"Aung San Suu Kyi. the wife of Englishman Michael Aris, and daughter
of General Aung San, the architect of Myanmar's (Burma's) independence, is
serving as a puppet of the colonialist group," the military-led government
said in a commentary in Burmese-language newspapers.
"The entire populace from all across the country are now shouting to
crush whoever spoils progress of constructive activities, whoever protests
against the national convention, by designating them as a people's enemy,"
It is the first time Burma's government has made a clear statement
since Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party defied
government intimidation and forged ahead with a three-day party congress
due to end late on Tuesday.
The NLD won a landslide victory in a May 1990 general election but the
ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) refused to honour
A defiant Suu Kyi, shrugging off the government's detention of more
than 250 party activists last week, opened the congress on Sunday vowing to
increase the momentum of the country's democracy movement.
On Monday the government held a massive public rally in Rangoon to
denounce "destructionists" in the country.
About 40,000 people from 14 townships chanted slogans and denounced
"the traitors' acts to destabilise the country and to spoil progress,"
official media reported.
Dagon University Rector Kaung Nyunt, the main speaker at the rally,
said recent moves by the democracy movement were intolerable.
"Just as the momentum of constructive development is being achieved,
the instigation to cause instability and unrest by destructive elements has
become very intolerable," he was quoting as saying.
"That is why the people have turned out en masse today to support the
government's constructive development works, and to denounce the
Government-sponspored public rallies are often staged with the
military forcing people to attend, diplomats and opposition sources say.
The government was expected to hold another rally on Tuesday, sources said.