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- Subject: Fwd: Burma Group Urges Democracy
- From: BURMAJAPAN@xxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 17 Jan 1997 09:10:00
In a message dated 97-01-12 13:13:35 EST, you write:
<< Subj: Burma Group Urges Democracy
Date: 97-01-12 13:13:35 EST
.c The Associated Press
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -- Leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi's
pro-democracy party told supporters at a small roadside gathering
Sunday to keep the spirit of democracy alive.
Unlike the previous day, there were no riot police present when
Aung Shwe and Tin Oo of the National League for Democracy met
briefly with about 150 supporters along Saya San Road in northern
On Saturday, some 50 activists waiting to hear speeches by their
leaders at the same spot dispersed after seeing they were
outnumbered and surrounded by security forces.
Many members of the National League for Democracy have been
jailed and harassed by Burma's military regime.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, has been largely confined to
her home in recent weeks and unable to make the weekend speeches to
supporters she launched after being released from six years of
house arrest in July 1995.
Instead, she has sent her senior leaders to meet with supporters
at nearby intersections. Aung Shwe serves as the party chairman,
while Tin Oo is the vice chairman.
Tin Oo, a former defense minister, told the gathering Sunday he
had not come to deliver a speech, but to convey thanks from Suu
Kyi, whom he had met earlier. He said party supporters should keep
the spirit of democracy alive and asked them to disperse
Suu Kyi last spoke at a Rangoon intersection on Nov. 23. Her car
was attacked as she was traveling there Nov. 9 by a mob whose
members said they were paid by the government.
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