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Suu Kyi taken into ‘protective custody’

Dhaka, 1 June 03
: Burma Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 19 members of her National League for Democracy Party have take into “ protective custody’ after a fight broke out between the her supporters and pro-government protesters in northern Burma, according to the independent quoted from AP.

The conflict erupted late Friday, leaving four people dead and 50 injured, Brig. Than Tun said. He denied ‘reports that Suu Kyi’s car had been shot at, and said Suu kyi and the NLD members were unharmed in the accident.

“ For their own security they are now under temporary protective custody,” he told a press conference.

Than Tun said the unrest had been caused by inflammatory speeches made by Suu Kyi that were critical of the military government.

He said the Rangoon headquarters of Suu Kyi’s National league for democracy party had been temporarily closed and that some leaders of party had been put under house arrest.

Earlier, witness said on condition of anonymity that about 10 plain-clothes police officers had entered the headquarters before tying a rope around a lock on the front gate.

The witness said the officers then took photographs of the locked entrance, and that about 20 police officers had been posted outside the residence of NLD spokesman U Lwin. Tension between the military government and the opposition has risen in recent weeks.

The government has issued statements accusing Suu Kyi’s supporters of physically assaulting “ peaceful” protesters and causing public panic during her current upcountry tour. The claims have been echoed by the state media.

The reports  follow complaints by Suu Kyi’s party that a pro-junta groups has been intimidating her supporters and threatened to run over people lining the road waiting to greet the Nobel Peace laureate near Mandalay in northern Burma last Sunday. The party also said the group had hurled a brick that hit her car, but didn't hurt Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi, whose party won a 1990 general election but was never allowed to assume power, is nearing the end of a one-month political tour of the north, her seventh such trip since being freed last May after 19 months under house arrest.
The democracy leader had been expected to return to Rangoon on Wednesday, two days before the scheduled arrival of special UN envoy Razali Ismail on a visit aimed art rekindling a reconciliation process which he helped initiate in October 2000.

The military has ruled Burma for forty years. The current junta came to power in 1988 after crushing a pro-democracy movement.  #