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Reuters(17/11): NLD AVOIDING SLORC'
Subject: Reuters(17/11): NLD AVOIDING SLORC'S TRAPS.
ASIA: SUU KYI STAYS AWAY FROM CROWDS FOR FEAR OF ATTACK
BURMA SUUKYI (CARRIED EARLIER)
RANGOON, Nov 17 Reuter - Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi stayed home today to avoid a repeat of last week's attack on
her convoy while on the way to address supporters, a spokesman for
the Nobel Peace laureate said.
Last Saturday Suu Kyi's motorcade was attacked by a crowd of
stone-throwing, stick-wielding men believed to have been engineered
by the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) -- a
Suu Kyi emerged unscathed from the attack which smashed her
car's windshield and some windows of other vehicles in her convoy
and blamed the government for orchestrating the attack.
The government denied the accusation and said it was
investigating the incident.
This week senior members of Suu Kyi's National League for
Democracy (NLD) advised her not to meet supporters for fear of
"She did not go out, because the NLD leaders do not want her to
go out," the spokesman said. "They are afraid she would get hurt."
He said the NLD heard there were USDA members gathered near Suu
Kyi's house and thought it would be safer to stay inside this
About 800 people gathered near one of the checkpoints barring
access to Suu Kyi's road in the hope that she would come out and
speak to them. Some USDA members were among the supporters,
They said the crowd dispersed peacefully after Suu Kyi failed to
The government has been trying for weeks to stop Suu Kyi from
giving regular Saturday and Sunday speeches to supporters outside
her front gates.
The speeches, which began spontaneously after Suu Kyi was
released from six years of house arrest last July, have become a
regular event, drawing thousands of supporters.
The government charged that the gatherings outside her house
were illegal, and set up barricades at the entrance to the street
barring vehicles and pedestrians from entering.
Suu Kyi has vowed to continue the talks, and for the past few
weeks she has gone in her car outside the barricades to talk to
groups of supporters waiting about 2km away from her house.
Suu Kyi normally speaks to the crowd for about five minutes and
asks them to go home peacefully.
ASIA: MILITARY SAYS AUNG SAN SUU KYI SET UP CAR ATTACK
BURMA MILITARY (CARRIED EARLIER)
RANGOON, Nov 15 AFP - Burma's military authorities today accused
Aung San Suu Kyi of setting up an attack on her motorcade last
weekend in an attempt to discredit Rangoon in the eyes of the
"It is clearly a deception on the part of the woman and her
co-conspirators to have more western pressure on the SLORC," an
official commentary said in reference to Aung San Suu Kyi and her
National League for Democracy (NLD).
The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), the
official name of the ruling junta, which seized power in 1988, was
accused by Aung San Suu Kyi of being behind attacks on her
motorcade by unruly mobs last Saturday.
"It was just a deliberate attempt ... to damage the political
prestige of the steady and mature government which handles problems
so pliantly and gently, though it happens to be called a military
government," the English-language New Light of Myanmar said.
Aung San Suu Kyi said the attacks, in which NLD vice chairman
Tin Oo was slightly injured by broken glass, were carried out by
paid members of a SLORC-sponsored mass organisation -- the Union
Solidarity Development Association (USDA).
It was the first time the official press has referred to the
incident, which came on the heels of a visit to Rangoon by two
European MPs and as prominent United States Senator John McCain was
in the capital.
The editorial, which did not refer to Aung San Suu Kyi by name,
said "the woman who is a charlatan in politics" had incited crowds
of "rootless" people to gather at various points and give the
illusion of political instability.
Witnesses said up to 1,000 USDA members wielding sticks and
stones blocked access to Aung San Suu Kyi's home and stoned cars
carrying the opposition leader and her top aides.
The New Light of Myanmar editorial also said the incident had
been partly staged in order to cast a cloud over the Visit Myanmar
Year tourism campaign, which officially kicks off on Monday.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been a vocal critic of the campaign and has
repeatedly called on foreign tourists to stay away from Burma until
the junta introduces democratic reforms.