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Old 05-31-2003, 03:12 PM   #1
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Aung San Suu Kyi arrested


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/2952366.stm

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*just realised this is in the scrolling news at the top*
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Old 05-31-2003, 04:41 PM   #3
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It's okay - we'll probably find something to discuss about it here in FYM...you can usually rely on us FYMers to do that.
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This is unfortunate. I was so happy when they let her go. Just give dictators half an excuse to bust human rights activists and they'll do it.
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Up to 70 died in swoop on Suu Kyi, claim supporters
By Daniel Lovering, AP, in Bangkok
06 June 2003


A clash in Burma involving followers of the detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared to have been planned by supporters of the military government, an American embassy official said yesterday. A UN envoy is expected to arrive today to demand her release.

Ms Suu Kyi was taken into "protective custody" last week by the authorities after the violence, which military authorities said left four people dead and 50 injured.

But the US embassy official in Burma said on condition of anonymity that far more people might have died than the military junta reported, corroborating claims by dissident groups abroad, which allege that government forces staged an ambush and that at least 70 people were killed in two days.

The American official said in a telephone interview that two members of the embassy visited the scene on Friday last week and found signs of "great violence," including bloody clothing, many home-made weapons and smashed headlights and mirrors.

The weapons were "clearly prepared before the event and we think this is evidence of premeditation. They were not just limbs torn off a tree," the official said.

Burma's junta said the fighting began when Ms Suu Kyi's motorcade drove through a crowd of thousands of government supporters protesting against her visit.

In neighbouring Thailand, exiled opposition groups claimed Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate, was hurt in the violence, perhaps suffering severe head injuries. But the junta insists that Ms Suu Kyi and colleagues detained with her are fine, although it is refusing to divulge where they are being held. The government has been under pressure to provide information on Ms Suu Kyi by today, when Razali Ismail, a UN special envoy, said he would visit.

Mr Razali, a Malaysian, said from Kuala Lumpur that he expected to meet Burma's military leader, General Than Shwe, to push for Ms Suu Kyi's freedom. "Suu Kyi must be released," he said.

Senior UN officials had asked him to proceed with the visit even though the junta had refused to give assurances that he would be allowed to meet her. A UN official in Rangoon said on condition of anonymity: "If Razali is not allowed to see her, that will only strengthen rumours of Suu Kyi being hurt."

In late 2000, Mr Razali brokered reconciliation talks between the government and Ms Suu Kyi, whose party, the National League for Democracy, won the 1990 general elections but was blocked from taking power by the military. The talks had provided hope that the political impasse could be cleared, but the dialogue reached a standstill last year.

On the eve of Mr Razali's visit, universities ordered to be shut on Sunday were partly reopened, allowing some postgraduate students to return to classes. Students have been at the forefront of pro-democracy activism in Burma.

Tight media controls and the remote location of the clash made it hard to confirm what happened in last week's violence. Phone lines to the area appear to have been cut.

The offices of Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy have been closed across the country. Even some of Burma's Asian neighbours, which usually steer clear of criticising the regime, have expressed dismay at the political violence.
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I received this newsletter from the NLD:

Dear friends of freedom in Burma,

Below please find the latest on the situation in Burma. It is much much worse than we originally thought. Now, more than ever, we need all of your support. Today Senator McConnell and Congressman Lantos introduced major legislation on Burma.

Please do everything in your power to help. Get your members of
Congress on board, send checks or make donations online, and call and tell your friends. It's time to do our part. Working together, we can.

Jeremy

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Excerpts from Democratic Voice of Burma, June 4, 2003

1. According to the sources closed to the military, Northwestern
military command informed to the department of prisons that 32 criminal prisoners, who were taken by the northwestern military command on May 25 for military operation, died during their assignment. DVB assumed that these criminal prisoners were used to attack Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage on May 30, 2003 with the promise of cash rewards and freedom, by the military. DVB also assumed that they were killed by the
military to cover up the whole incident.

2. Thein Oo and Soe Win, both are officer in-charge of the NLD
headquarter, were arrested yesterday night, by the military.

3. NLD's Moe Goat township committee members were arrested yesterday.

4. U Saw Khin, MP elect from Myin Gyan township and who accompanied with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was seriously injured during the attack. He is in Mon Ywar hospital, but not allowed to meet with anyone.

5. U Tin Aung, MP elect from North-Western Mandalay and who accompanied with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was assumed to be dead. His family conducted the funeral yesterday.

6. The regime continues to arrest members of the NLD nationwide. Many people are in hiding.

Suu Kyi 'injured in violent protests'

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Excerpt from report by Democratic Voice of Burma,on June 2, 2003

Members of the National League for Democracy [NLD] inside the country and opposition groups abroad said today that the situation regarding the Friday night [30 May] attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage was far more serious than the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council] officially acknowledged and that it is likely that hundreds of people died. A person who has carefully investigated the incident told DVB
[Democratic Voice of Burma] that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself suffered a head injury and that scores of people appear to have died. Following is what this source said:

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage left Monywa for Budalin in a convoy of 10 cars at about noon last Friday [30 May]. The convoy included one car from Budalin, one car from Sagaing, six cars from Mandalay, and two from the NLD Headquarters in Rangoon and the entourage included over 100 NLD members. The monks from Monywa, who were unable to rent a car to join Daw Aung Suu Kyi, left in a car from Budalin. A number of people from Monywa joined the convoy on their motorcycles. The convoy reached Budalin about 1230 and during a three-hour stop in
Budalin, a signboard of Budalin NLD office was installed, a youth group was formed and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech. At about 1500 some NLM members and monks from Monywa who sent off Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Monywa. On their way back to Monywa, they were blocked and brutally beaten up at Zeedaw and Alon Tagar villages by the authorities
and Kyant Phut [vernacular acronym for Union Solidarity and Development
Association] members, killing a monk and a student. A number of people
were also injured. When the corpse of the dead student was carried back to Monywa, members of security units blocked and beat up the people and snatched back the corpse.

When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who was still in Budalin, heard about the incident, she requested U Tun Myaing, secretary of Sagaing Division and U Aung San, chairman of Budalin NLD, to go to Monywa to inquire into the incident. However, the two have not returned and they remained missing as of today. When they did not return, six youth members from Monywa
decided not return to Monywa and proceeded to Tabayin with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party left Budalin for Ye-u at about 1700. When they reached Saing Pyin village, 15 miles from Budalin, they came across a group of monks wearing red and white armbands. They had drawn up a line on the road to block Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's convoy of cars and motorcycles. They then proceeded to brutally
beat up the people inside the cars. Armed units stationed behind the monks opened fire and punctured the tires of the cars carrying U Tin U and the chairman of Sagaing Division NLD. The beating was so severe that many NLD members died. U Tin U's car veered into a ditch and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received a serious head injury.

This incident was not planned by the Kyant Phut members, but was methodically plotted in advance by the authorities. Those wearing monks robes who beat up Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD members were convicts from Mandalay Jail. Their heads were shaven in advance at No 1 High School in Monywa even before Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reached Monywa. The convicts were promised complete commutation of their jail sentence with
a cash award of Kyat 300,000 each after carrying out the plot. The persons who beat up Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party acted in a frenzy as if they were on drugs. The authorities provided construction materials for Saing Pyin village
recently [as an act of favour].

That is the account given by a person who closely investigated the
violent act committed against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD members last
Friday. He went on to say that 68 bodies had been brought to the
Northwest Military Command Headquarters in Monywa and that the bodies
were cremated on Saturday. Meanwhile, Section 144 [of the Penal Code
banning unlawful assembly] has been imposed in Monywa from Sunday.
SPDC Secretary-2 Lt Gen Soe Win was in Monywa throughout the entire
incident and was reported to have flown back to Rangoon in a helicopter
on Sunday. DVB tried to contact Monywa to inquire about the incident and
the situation in Monywa, but the phone lines remain cut off. Over 200
NLD members were detained during the incident. The monk killed was the
Venerable U Panna Thiri of Okkan Tawya Monsastery of Monywa.

According to the Irrawaddy magazine based in Thailand, about 150 NLD
members accompanied Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and almost all of them are
still missing. Among them are Daw Win Mya Mya, a female NLD member and
Ko Myo Naing, an NLD youth member.

NLD offices throughout the country were sealed last Saturday and Sunday
and the NLD flags were pulled down. There have been no arrests and
office documents have not been confiscated.

According to military sources, security duties have been assigned to the
101st Division in Rangoon, the 11th Division in Pegu, and the 55th
Division in Mandalay. Meanwhile, battalions have been assigned to bring
back home military dependents staying at university dormitories and
private dormitories.

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, Oslo, in Burmese 1430 gmt 2 Jun 03

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June 5 2003, Sydney Morning Herald

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sustained head and shoulder injuries last week in clashes between her supporters and a junta-backed group that are feared to have left dozens dead.
"She was hurt by shards of glass on her face and shoulder," a source close to the stalled national reconciliation dialogue told AFP yesterday, citing witnesses at the violent protests in northern Burma last Friday.
Ms Suu Kyi was being held at a military camp 40 kilometres north of the capital, Rangoon, he said. The source said the extent of her injuries, sustained when protesters smashed the windscreen of her car, were not known but he believed they were not life-threatening as "otherwise she wouldn't be held in the camp".

Burma's military junta has denied that Ms Suu Kyi was hurt and said that only four people died in the clashes, but the source said the toll was much higher.

"The toll given by the junta is totally below reality and is probably
much closer to the 70 to 80 dead figure which has been circulating," he said.

There were also grave fears for the safety of National League for
Democracy (NLD) vice-chairman Tin Oo, who had been travelling in Ms Suu Kyi's entourage during the political tour.

"We have very good reasons to be very worried. We have absolutely no news of Tin Oo. We don't know if he's dead or alive," the source said.

Other members of the pro-democracy campaigner's entourage detained after the clash are believed to be held at the notorious Insein jail on the outskirts of Rangoon.

The source said the junta, which has rolled out a wide-ranging crackdown
in the wake of the protests, was attempting to "play for time" by
claiming Ms Suu Kyi was safe and well. The entire NLD leadership, apart from Mr Oo, is under house arrest in
Rangoon in an attempt to prevent details of the protest from leaking out.

"This information came from direct eyewitnesses. If people don't want the truth to be known, any eyewitness is in danger," the source said.

The UN envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail, who is due to arrive in Rangoon on Friday on a mission to revive the reconciliation process, is attempting to determine the situation in the country and may not go ahead with his trip, he added.
"He will wait until the last minute before he takes his decision."

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Walk On!! Aung San Suu Kyi
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Old 06-06-2003, 07:07 AM   #9
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Unbelievable. .

Seriously, what in God's name is wrong with people in this world, I swear? When in the hell did this world get so screwed up?

This bites big time.

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this is bad.

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I requested Walk On to be played on 3 of my local radio station's and explained some of why I wanted it palyed, they were more than willing to air it. I don't know about the others, but the one I listen to, played it 3 times today at work and many other U2 songs with commentary about their causes/ the biggest hurdle was the pronounciation of her name Aung San Suu Kyi.
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That's a great idea, Sue. Hopefully asking the radio stations to talk about it will make more people aware of the situation.
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Old 06-07-2003, 02:20 PM   #13
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Well, I just did a search at Amnesty Int'l and Amnesty USA and they appear to be alseep at the wheel on this. Anyone seen anything? Did I miss it?

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No I haven't seen anything either. They had the AI USA guy on Worldlink yesterday & I got through but the show ended before they got to me. I was going to ask about her.
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Old 06-08-2003, 01:23 AM   #15
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Tragdy

This is complete tragdy, no matter how much I hope for her safe return, the story seems to have been written. The US is not interfering as they should be. Sanctions? If a western world leader was taken capture, I don't think Sanction would be the method. There is no money is Burma, my friends are still there traveling. They say it is the poorest country next to Cambodia they have ever seen. That is why the US is just not interested. This is truely distressing. I only learned of her fight after Walk On came out. What an amazing women she is.


There is lot's of info in the media. I have seen a story almost everyday in the New York Times. Go to nytimes.com for the lastest
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