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General Says Suu Kyi's Party Threat
- Subject: General Says Suu Kyi's Party Threat
- From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 06 Nov 1997 20:19:00
General Says Suu Kyi's Party Threatens Burma
RANGOON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A senior Burmese
general said Aung San Suu Kyi and her National
League for Democracy were inciting riots and
pushing the country into an abyss, state-run media
reported on Thursday.
``They are pushing the nation toward the abyss as
in the case of the pre-1962 period,'' the official
papers quoted Lieutenant-General Khin Nyunt,
Secretary One of the ruling State Law and Order
Restoration Council (SLORC), as saying in a
speech on Wednesday.
In 1962 the military overthrew the democratic
government of U Nu and seized power. The military
has ruled ever since, with different leaders.
Khin Nyunt said the league's recent efforts to hold
party meetings in some townships outside Rangoon
were illegal and made to oppose the government.
``It is shameful for patriots to see the attempts to
destabilise the nation in order to trap the
government in a tight corner, to disrupt the rule of
law and incite riots,'' he said. ``They are doing so
with the sole aim of gaining power.''
The league lashed out at the government on
Wednesday for restricting party activities and the
movements of Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi.
It said Suu Kyi had been prevented from leaving her
home on Wednesday. It also denounced the
government for preventing party meetings over the
past two weeks which were meant to organise its
Two political gatherings outside Rangoon had been
blocked by authorities, some equipped with clubs
and shields, who set up roadblocks and carted off
supporters to prevent the meetings, the party said.
Eight senior officials of Suu Kyi's party were also
arrested last week in connection with the meetings,
the party has said.
The SLORC retorted, saying Suu Kyi was rigid and
uncompromising and had caused unnecessary
setbacks for Burma in its transition towards
Khin Nyunt's speech went along the same lines,
saying Burma's image was in danger of being
tarnished around the world due to threats started by
groups like the National League for Democracy.
Burma has been widely criticised for human rights
abuses and for failing to hold talks with Suu Kyi.
Her party won a landslide victory in a 1990 election
but the SLORC never recognised the result.