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Burma commentary calls Suu Kyi part

Full story Burma commentary calls Suu Kyi party anarchistic
06:14 a.m. Nov 07, 1997 Eastern

RANGOON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party is a group
of terrorists that creates anarchy and it should change to avoid a
confrontation, a commentary in Burma's state-run media said on Friday.

The commentary, published in all three of Burma's official newspapers,
accused Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD)
of links with terrorists.

``It is creating instability in all walks of life,'' said the commentary.
``In reality the NLD never accepts democracy...it is democracy in name

``NLD has connections with terrorists and accommodates them. Some NLD
members themselves are terrorists,'' it said without elaborating.

The ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) has often
accused the NLD of involvement with terrorists both inside and outside the

Over the past few weeks the government has accused the NLD of trying to
destabilise the country by holding unauthorised political gatherings.

On at least two occasions the government forcibly prevented NLD meetings
from taking place in townships outside Rangoon. Police, some equipped with
clubs and shields, set up barricades and carted away supporters who
gathered to meet Suu Kyi and top NLD leaders.

At least eight senior NLD leaders were arrested last week in connection
with the meetings. The SLORC has said four people were detained for

The league lashed out at the government on Wednesday for restricting party
activities and Suu Kyi's movements.

A government statement said Suu Kyi and her party could hold meetings if
they were held in the confines of her compound, which doubles as a party

``The NLD has laid down a wrong strategy to create disturbances instead of
setting up a new democracy nation,'' the commentary said. ``By doing so,
the NLD is losing touch with the people.

The NLD won more than 80 percent of the seats in a 1990 election, but the
SLORC did not recognise the results.

The commentary questioned whether the NLD was acting according to the
wishes of the people who voted for it.

``People who voted for NLD cast their ballots with the belief that the NLD
will uplift their social life and national peace and stability. They did
not vote for NLD to create anarchy and to attack the State Law and Order
Restoration Council,'' it said.