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NEWS - 992 Nld Members Resign in M
- Subject: NEWS - 992 Nld Members Resign in M
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 02:30:00
Subject: NEWS - 992 Nld Members Resign in Myanmar (more coersive actions
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NOTE: Any Mass resignation can only mean one thing, they were coerced
and pressured. The military is causing them to break their the laws
they created for party registration.
992 Nld Members Resign in Myanmar: Newspaper
YANGON (Nov. 22) XINHUA - A total of 992 members of
Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)
from 15 township branches in 8 states and divisions of the
country have resigned up to November 18 since September,
the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported Sunday.
Meanwhile, 10 branches of the party have been dissolved,
the official newspaper said.
The NLD members are said to have resigned out of their
own volition, for they had no desire to carry out political
activities of the party.
The NLD members and branches are said to have presented
their resignation and dissolution requests to their
township offices of the Multi-Party Democracy Election
Commission formed to supervise the general election held in
However, the Yangon-based NLD headquarters charged in a
series of statements that the authorities have been cracking
down on the party, pressuring its detained members to
resign and some township branches to dissolve illegally and
The NLD said it "could not accept the dissolution (of the
branches) at all," adding that "as a branch of the party, it
no rights to do so without the knowledge of the Central
It also said that the move goes against the Political
Registration Law designed by the authorities concerned.
The resignation of the NLD members and the dissolution of
its branches came after a series of government-organized
"mass rallies" across the country against the NLD and its
leadership, especially Aung San Suu Kyi, the party's general
The NLD said the authorities were "illegally" using people
from all walks of life who are under "pressure" to express
"people's desire," creating further political confusion.
It also stressed that it reserves the rights to organize
mass rallies to present facts on the current situation in
Myanmar as a legal political party.
The NLD won the 1990 general election -- contested by 93
political parties -- with 396 parliamentary seats out of