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NLD Statement 109
National League for Democracy
No:(97/b) West Shwegondine Road
STATEMENT 109 (11/98)
1. The illegal arrests and imprisonment of NLD parliamentarians-elect
and members of organising committee at States, Divisions, Townships,
Wards and village levels and other ordinary members will have dangerous
repercussions for the peace and stability of the country. Reasons given
to justify these operation have no foundation whatsoever. Up till the 19
November 1998, the numbers so arrested are
Members of organisation committees from
states, divisions, townships, villages
and wards and ordinary members------------------- 701
2. In addition to these unlawful acts of illegal arrests and
imprisonment the Military Intelligence units have been applying
pressure, intimidation, threats to obtain in writing
· the involuntary resignations from the office of parliamentarians-elect
and from membership of the NLD
· the involuntary resignations from the office of organising committees
and membership of the NLD
· and involuntary resignations from membership of the NLD of ordinary
The truth of the matter is that those who have usurped state power are
today blatantly exercising excessive authority to cling to that power.
3. "You do as you are told otherwise you will have to suffer much more"
are the words used by the military intelligence to those individuals who
refuse to put their signatures to such resignations. Our information is
that NLD members have resisted all these threats and intimidation and in
their zeal for democracy and human rights are valiantly standing up and
have not caved in. Our congratulations to them! We salute you! The
illegal use of force, authority, and pressure is contrary to the "the
rule of law " which is being proclaimed. The National League for
Democracy strongly denounces such activities. We demand immediate action
by the higher authorities against the military intelligence units who
are perpetrating such injustices.
4. The National league for Democracy is a legally registered political
organisation exercising its right to function and carry out its
legitimate duties as such.
5. (a) Information that the NLD members have voluntarily brought about
the dissolution of the branches of the NLD in the township of Seikyi
Khanaungtoe, Rangoon Division is inaccurate. The fact is that since 1996
when the people of this area were forcefully relocated and dispersed to
various other locations by the authorities the people have been
disadvantaged and no proper reorganisation of the branch has been
(b) Taking advantage of such a situation and claming that the members
had voluntarily dissolved a branch that was not in operation is a
deceitful ploy resorted to by the authorities to swell the numbers. This
is no less than a deliberate revelation of the ill will and evil tactics
of the military intelligence service people.
6.(a) Information to hand now is that the military intelligence units
are planning to forcefully dissolve the branch that has been lawfully
constituted in the Mon state, Kyaikhto township without any legal
justification. The news is that a big celebration will be held to mark
(b) This will constitute a dastardly act with the intention to denigrate
the respect and prestige of the National League for Democracy. The
respect and confidence that the NLD has obtained as evidenced by the
success in the 1990 general elections can never be erased.
7. We reiterate our abhorrence of the above activities of the Military
Intelligence Service units and denounce them in very strong terms.
Central Executive Committee
National League for Democracy
20 November 1998.
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