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LA Times 5/28

Tuesday, May 28, 1996 =

                                                Myanmar Leaders Denounce Pr=
                                                Activists =

                                                From Associated Press

                                                =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0This nation'=
s military rulers denounced
                                                pro-democracy leader Aung S=
an Suu Kyi and her followers
                                                as dupes and "maggots" for =
going ahead with the most
                                                important opposition meetin=
g since the junta quashed
                                                1990 elections. =

                                                =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 The regime =
had arrested 238 conference delegates
                                                and 24 other party members =
to try to block Suu Kyi's
                                                National League for Democra=
cy from opening its three-day
                                                conference Sunday. But even=
 though only 18 delegates made
                                                it, the meeting has proceed=
ed as scheduled. =

                                                =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 Suu Kyi and=
 her followers said Monday that an
                                                unknown number of the activ=
ists recently arrested were
                                                transferred to a prison not=
orious for torture. =

                                                =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 In publishe=
d remarks Monday, junta leader Lt. Gen.
                                                Khin Nyunt denounced the me=
eting and accused the
                                                opposition of falling prey =
to the United States and other
                                                Western nations that he cla=
ims seek to colonize Myanmar,
                                                formerly called Burma. =

                                                =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 The confere=
nce's ultimate objective is to get
                                                Burma's military rulers to =
accept the results of 1990
                                                parliamentary elections tha=
t Suu Kyi's party
                                                overwhelmingly won. =

                                                =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 =

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