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Newsweek: Burma - Portrait of a Lad
- Subject: Newsweek: Burma - Portrait of a Lad
- From: Winston_Lee@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 06:44:00
Subject: Newsweek: Burma - Portrait of a Lady
Burma's ruling military junta sees conspiracies everywhere - even in its own
currency. The dictatorship recently stopped circulating a one-kyat bill <worth
less than a penny> featuring a portrait of Burmese independence hero Aung San.
Their objection: when held to the light, the note's watermark shows a feminine
Aung who looks suspiciously like his daughter, opposition leader Aung San Suu
Kyi. Protesters have dubbed the bill "the democracy note" and have begun
waving it at anti-government rallies. Says one Western diplomat stationed in
Rangoon, "The bill has little monetary value, but it's become a collector's
item." The one-kyat isn't funny money to the junta. They've redesigned the
currency and are rumored to have jailed the original note's engraver.