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Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 18:44:57 +0000
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Subject: Cambodia to ban stir against junta chief
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The Asian Age ( Oct. 15, 1996 )
CAMBODIA TO BAN STIR AGAINST JUNTA CHIEF
Phnom Penh, Oct. 14: The Cambodian government is likely to refuse permission
for an unrecognized Opposition Party to protest this week's official visit by the
leader of Burma's ruling junta, senior officials said on Monday.
"I think it would be impossible for them to do it," said the interior ministry
official, who refuse to be named. "We would allow them to release a declaration
stating their objections, but a demonstration would be prohibited."
He and other officials however said the ministry had not yet made an official
decision on the request submitted on Sunday by the Khmer Nation Party to
march in protest against the visit of Gen. Than Shwe, chairman of Burma's State
Law and Order Restoration Council.
The general is to arrive here on Wednesday for a four-day visit during which he
will meet King Norodom Sihsnouk and the co-Premiers, Prince Norodom
Ranariddh and Mr. Hun Sen.
Even before the request was submitted, a foreign ministry official said any
protests would be "discouraged" as it was not the "Asian or Cambodian way
to invite someone to your home and scold them."
Undaunted, the KNP, led by outspoken dissident and former finance minister
Sam Rainsy, on Monday invited "all democrats" to join it in carrying banners
supporting Burmese Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National
League for Democracy.
Mr. Sam Rainsy, who recently met Ms. Suu Kyi in Rangoon, often compares
his nearly-yearly-old party which the government has refused to recognise,
with the National League for Democracy, which won Burma's 1990 election
but was unable to assume power when the military overturned the results.
Over the weekend, riot police in Rangoon blockaded the approaches to the
Nobel Peace Prize laureate's home, preventing her from making her customary
weekend address to the public.
On Saturday, National League for Democracy supporters who gathered in an
attempt to hear her speak were taken away by the police in the three buses.
There have been no confirmed reports about where they went or whether they
have been released.
The planned demonstration march in Phnom Penh was scheduled to begin
about three hours before Gen. Than Shwe arrival and his short tour around.
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