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'Freedom for Burma' Protest in Beij
- Subject: 'Freedom for Burma' Protest in Beij
- From: ncgub@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 21 Sep 1995 09:08:00
Subject: 'Freedom for Burma' Protest in Beijing
11 Sep95 -- 13:21 GMT
PROTEST AT BEIJING WOMEN'S MEET AGAINST RULING BURMESE JUNTA
BEIJING, Sept 11 (Reuter) - Three women staged a brief protest during a
speech by Burma's official delegation to the world's women's conference
on Monday, unfurling a red banner demanding freedom for Burma.
The three, two of whom were from Norway and Thailand, unfurled the
banner during a speech to a plenary session by the senior military
officer heading the Rangoon military government's delegation to the
United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing Burma's
Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Major General Soe
Myint did not falter in his speech during the protest, which lasted less
than a minute.
UN security guards in pale blue uniforms quickly gathered up the bright
red banner that read: "Free the People of Burma", and removed one women
from the conference hall. The other two disappeared into the crowd.
"We want to show the world that nothing has changed in Burma," said
protester Katherine Biering of the Norwegian Burma Council in Oslo. She
accused the military government of continued human rights abuses in
Burma despite its release last July of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San
Suu Kyi after six years of house arrest.
"The international community should really know that this man standing
up here, a general in the Burmese army, and this army is violating human
rights every day in Burma," she said. Soe Myint addressed the session in
(c) Reuters Limited 1995 REUTER NEWS SERVICE