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Subject: SLORC says tough law will pass tommorrow

RANGOON, Oct 14 (Reuter) - A senior Burmese military official said the
government will launch tough internal security measures beginning on
Tuesday, official media reported.
"Serious action will be taken concerning security beginning October 15,"
Lieutenant-General Tin Oo, a member of the ruling State Law and Order
Restoration Council (SLORC), was reported on Monday as saying in a speech.
He did not explain why October 15 was chosen to begin the tougher measures,
but he said crime had been on the rise lately.
"At a time when all-out efforts are being made to develop and modernise the
nation, internal axe-handles (traitors) are attempting to destabilise the
nation through various means to coincide with Visit Myanmar (Burma) Year,"
he said.
Visit Myanmar Year is Burma's official tourism campaign that begins in November.
"Unscrupulous persons have committed crimes such as theft...intimidation and
robberies recently, posing a threat to the public security," said Tin Oo,
who is also Army Chief of Staff.
SLORC recently launched a new crackdown on the democracy movement, led by
Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The government arrested 573
activists, who were later released, and blocked off roads for 12 days to
prevent a September 27-29 meeting of her National League for Democracy from
taking place.
The government said the moves were taken to avoid unrest. SLORC also set up
roadblocks around Suu Kyi's house from early on Saturday to prevent her from
giving regular weekend speeches to supporters outside her front gates.
The roadblocks were still manned by heavily armed security police on Monday.
Government officials said they were in place to prevent the talks from
becoming a flashpoint for any disturbances.  
(c) Reuters Limited 1996

RANGOON, Oct 14 (Reuter) - Burmese security and traffic police continued to
man checkpoints blocking access to democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's
residence on Monday, witnesses said.
They said by mid-morning officers continued to stand watch over the various
checkpoints which bar vehicles or pedestrians from entering Rangoon's
University Avenue, the street on which Suu Kyi's house is located.
The checkpoints, guarded by heavily armed officers, were set up early on
Saturday to prevent Suu Kyi's regular weekend gathering from becoming a
flashpoint for public disturbances, a government official said over the weekend.
For the third weekend in a row, the barricades successfully stopped the
Nobel Peace laureate from giving her regular Saturday and Sunday speeches to
supporters outside the front gates of her residence.
A senior military official said late on Sunday no arrests had been made
during the weekend. On Saturday witnesses saw about 100 people removed from
one of the checkpoints in police trucks.
Suu Kyi was not available for comment as the telephone line to her house
appeared to have been disconnected.
On Saturday, a government official said the road had been closed to prevent
Suu Kyi from holding weekend public gatherings which the ruling State Law
and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) feared could be used as an excuse by
some people to create disturbances.
The SLORC has declared Suu Kyi's weekend public meetings illegal.
Residents in the area said they thought the barricades would be removed
later on Monday or on Tuesday.
In a sweeping crackdown on Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD)
party, the SLORC cut off the road to her house from September 26 to October
8 to stop her from holding a planned NLD party congress from September 27-29.
At the time, the SLORC also arrested 573 NLD party activists but later
released all of them in stages.  
(c) Reuters Limited 1996

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