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Burma military stops Suu Kyi from l
- Subject: Burma military stops Suu Kyi from l
- From: nin@xxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 02:55:00
Burma military stops Suu Kyi from leaving home
RANGOON, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Burmese opposition leader Aung
San Suu Kyi was prevented from leaving her Rangoon home on
Thursday by barbed wire barricades, forcing her to miss a party
gathering in a nearby township, party members and witnesses
Her National League for Democracy Party (NLD) protested
strongly to Burma's military government for barring her way.
Witnesses and party members said senior NLD members were
also not allowed to pass through the barbed wire -- put up by
traffic police -- to enter Suu Kyi's home.
"Aung San Suu Kyi was supposed to have gone to Hlaing
township NLD office at 8.30 to carry out matters concerning
organisation of the youth," the NLD's executive central
committee said in a statement. Hlaing is about 11 km (seven
miles) north of Rangoon.
"The NLD, ever since its formation has never damaged the
peace and tranquillity of the community by its activities... as
accused by the authorities,. Therefore, the NLD strongly
protests against the actions by the authorities," the statement
The ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)
declined to comment on the incident but said through a spokesman
it would issue a statement later.
Suu Kyi, who was freed from six years of house arrest in
July 1995, held a political gathering outside Rangoon on October
23 without SLORC interference.
But the junta has foiled a number of subsequent attempts to
hold meetings outside Rangoon.
SLORC said last week the authorities would only allow NLD
party gatherings if they were inside the compound of Suu Kyi's
NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 election but SLORC
ignored the result and refused to hand over power.
The SLORC and NLD have been at loggerheads since then. The
authorities have curbed the party's political activities and
detained and later freed thousands of its members and
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