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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
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].