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Aung San Suu Kyi vows to press
- Subject: Aung San Suu Kyi vows to press
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 17:47:00
Subject: Aung San Suu Kyi vows to press on with democracy struggle
Aung San Suu Kyi vows to press
on with democracy struggle
(ADDS comment by Aung San Suu Kyi)
RANGOON, April 14 (AFP) - Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
vowed Monday to press on with the struggle for democracy and urged
supporters to summon the "courage and strength" to achieve their
"As we enter the new year we need to rejuvenate ourselves,
convictions and pledge to continue to struggle on until we reach
goal," she said at a celebration at her home for the Burmese new
Aung San Suu Kyi said it had been eight years since the struggle
in Burma had begun and that large numbers of people taking part
in that fight
were now languishing in the country's prisons.
"We cannot and will never forget our friends who have suffered
for the cause ...
and we especially remember them at this new year," she told assembled
supporters, diplomats and reporters at her lakeside compound.
The opposition leader has said hundreds of supporters and members
National League for Democracy (NLD) were in prison, where they
inadequate medical treatment and are denied basic rights.
Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday's gathering was aimed at honoring
prisoners in Burma, most of whom are members of the NLD, as well
money for their welfare.
She also said she hoped the people of Burma would continue to
NLD, whose activities have been sharply curtailed following a
the military authorities last September.
"To do this it is necessary to nurture the courage and strength
needed to see us
through to the end," she said.
The NLD won an overwhelming majority of seats in the 1990 general
the results of which were ignored by the military authorities,
who launched a
crackdown against the pro-democracy movement.
After years of near dormancy, the NLD began stepping up
Aung San Suu Kyi's release from six years of house arrest in
1995, but has
found itself under increasing pressure from the ruling junta.
Roadblocks which have been outside Aung San Suu Kyi's home since
December following a wave of student unrest, were extended Monday as
security forces monitored people trying to attend the celebrations.
NLD sources said some 2,000 invitations for nine hours of
festivities had been
sent out to members and supporters of the party, although it was
not clear how
many would be able to make it past the security checkpoints.
Police at the roadblock were registering invited guests as they
tried to make
their way to Aung San Suu Kyi's home in suburban University
Avenue, but it
was not clear if any were being turned away.
Substantial donations were being made by those who had already
one NLD source said inside the compound.
Security has been tight across Rangoon, where revellers were
water festival to usher in the new year, which came in the wake
unrest and a bomb attack on the home of a leading general in the
Uniformed police kept up a visible presence around the few
government-sanctioned pandals, or platforms from which people
on passers-by as part of the festivities, which were allowed to
Meanwhile, armed riot police stood guard at the home ministry,
rumored to be the target of a recent bomb scare following an
explosion a week
ago that killed the daughter of a leading general.