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Suu Kyi, Military Regime Trade: Bar
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- Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 00:27:00
Subject: Suu Kyi, Military Regime Trade: Barbs on National Day
Suu Kyi, Military Regime Trade
Barbs on National Day
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San
and the leader of the military regime that has frustrated
her drive to bring more
democracy to Myanmar traded barbs Friday as each marked
The holiday commemorates the first boycott by university
students 78 years ago
against British colonial rule, a watershed in the
independence struggle of
Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Sen. Gen. Than Shwe, chairman of the ruling State Peace and
Council, accused Suu Kyi and her party of trying to
undermine the country.
"It will be seen that, organizing on the pretexts of
democracy and human rights,
they are violating numerous laws and perpetrating
instigations to create anarchy,"
Than Shwe said in a statement published by official
Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for
Democracy, told about
300 supporters at party headquarters that the past 36 years
of military rule had
lowered educational standards far below what they were
during the British
Party members cited her as saying that only the emergence of
system would guarantee a modern and advanced educational
system in the
Universities have been closed for two years following unrest
demanding more civil liberties. Students have traditionally
been a driving force
for political change in the country.
They formed a large number of the estimated 3,000 people
when the military cracked down on months of protests.
Suu Kyi, 52, daughter of independence hero Aung San, was
propelled to the
forefront of Myanmar's pro-democracy struggle by the unrest.
She has been
under house arrest or other restrictions for the past decade.
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