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NEWS - Focus-Burma Military Blocks
- Subject: NEWS - Focus-Burma Military Blocks
- From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 15:00:00
Focus-Burma Military Blocks Suu Kyi 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
Her National League for Democracy Party
(NLD) protested strongly to Burma's military
government for barring her way.
But the ruling State Law and Order
Restoration (SLORC) said in a statement
that it stopped her from leaving her
residence because the NLD intended to
damage peace and stability by driving
around in procession in downtown Rangoon.
``Close and careful observation of the
movement's activities clearly revealed the
underlying ulterior motive and plan to
proceed with a huge crowd in a convoy of
cars to disrupt the peace and tranquillity of
the city,'' the SLORC said.
``Such a situation cannot be tolerated or
condoned. Thus to prevent further
aggravation of the problem, University
Avenue had been sealed off and Daw Suu
Kyi requested not to proceed to the NLD
office,'' it added.
``In spite of the courteous request she
refused to comply and as a gesture of
protest she refused to get out of the car,'' it
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 added.
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
SLORC said last week the authorities would
only allow NLD party gatherings if they were
inside the compound of Suu Kyi's residence.
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 supporters.