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Subject: Suu Kyi said "They are being used the way Hitler used..."

	From: Myo Aye <082903@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

	Mob attacks vehicle carrying Burmese pro-democracy leader

	November 9, 1996 Web posted at: 2:15 p.m. EST (1915 GMT) 

        RANGOON, Burma (CNN) -- A mob of about 200 people attacked cars 
	carrying pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her two top aides
	Saturday, smashing the cars' rear windows and causing dents. No one 
	was seriously injured. 

	Suu Kyi told CNN Bangkok Bureau Chief Tom Mintier after the attack that 
	it was carefully orchestrated by Burma's military government and 
	carried out by its supporters. Government soldiers witnessed the melee
 	but did not intervene. 

	"These hooligans who were inside the police cordon are obviously 
	allowed in by the authorities," Suu Kyi said at a news conference 

	The incident took place as Suu Kyi and two top leaders of her National
 	League for Democracy, Kyi Maung and Tin Oo, left Kyi Maung's house in 
	two cars. The mob began beating the cars with fists and sticks, 
	smashing the windows and denting the side of Tin Oo's vehicle. 

	Witnesses said they had little doubt that the mob was acting with 
	government approval. Such large gatherings in a public place are 
	illegal under military law unless government permission is obtained. 

	Suu Kyi said the angry protesters included members of the United 
	Solidarity and Development Association, a government-supported 
	"They are being used the way Hitler used his organization to harass 
	people, in the most dangerous fashion," she said. 

       	The government has yet to release an official statement. Suu Kyi's 
	home blockaded Other mobs were seen roaming the streets from 
	intersection to intersection, led by men with walkie-talkies who 
	appeared to be from military intelligence. Only security personnel 
	are allowed to carry such radios in Burma, where unregistered 
	possession of even a fax machine or modem is punishable by several 
	years' imprisonment. 

       	Following the melee, Suu Kyi and her associates drove to an
      	intersection where they managed to speak briefly to a small crowd
        of supporters. But the road to her home was blockaded by the
       	government for the seventh straight weekend to prevent democracy 
	supporters from gathering there. 

     	Burma's military regime, which came to power in 1988 after violently 
	suppressing pro-democracy street demonstrations, deals harshly with 
	all dissent and keeps a tight control on law and order. 

      	The authorities have barred people from coming to listen to Suu 
	Kyi in front of her house where, up until about six weeks ago, she
       	addressed several thousand of her supporters every weekend. She
   	began the meetings in July 1995 after being released from six years
       	of house arrest. 

   	Suu Kyi won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to bring
      	democracy to Burma, also known as Myanmar. 

	[CNN News, 10 November 1996].