[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index ][Thread Index ]

Suu Kyi appeals for international s

Subject: Suu Kyi appeals for international support (The Hindu, 5/12/96.)

Suu Kyi appeals for international support 
The Hindu, 5/12/96.
CAPE TOWN, Dec. 4. 
The Myanmar Opposition leader, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 
saying she had not been allowed to leave her home since 
Monday's student protests in Yangon, appealed on Tuesday for 
moral and practical support for her party. 
Speaking by telephone to the former Commonwealth Secretary 
General, Mr. Sonny Ramphal, in Cape Town, Ms. Suu Kyi said: 
"I would like the world to know that the repression in Myanmar 
is getting worse." 
She said she had been prevented by police from leaving her 
home since the student protests, resulting in the arrest of 300 
The students were protesting against what they called unfair 
police handling of a brawl between some of their colleagues and 
restaurant owners in October. 
Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate and leader of the National 
League for Democracy (NLD). is a member of the board of Mr. 
Ramphal's Stockholm-based International Institute for 
Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), which met in 
Cape Town. 
"We as a party are subjected to so much persecution that it is 
almost unbelievable.  We are supposed to be a legitimate party, 
duly registered, and yet we are not even allowed to do regular 
party work," she said in a call taped and played to reporters. 
"My house is barricaded off every weekend and today it is 
barricaded off and probably they will close the street for a few 
days to come.  Members of our party are subjected to very, very 
severe persecution all the time.  People are evicted from their 
homes, people have been threatened with loss of jobs and our 
elected Members of Parliament are forced to resign," she said.  
"We would welcome the moral and practical support of right-
thinking people..... she said. 
Mr. Ramphal promised to broadcast Ms. Suu Kyi's appeal 
adding "where better to send that message to the world than 
from South Africa". 
An aide said today in Yangon that the military authorities had 
restricted the movements of Ms. Suu Kyi who had been told she 
cannot leaver her house. 
"It is virtual house arrest.  We were informed yesterday that she 
cannot leave her compound..." The aide told Reuters by 
telephone.  He said no reasons were given for the action nor 
was Ms. Suu Kyi told how long the restriction would be in 
force. - Reuter