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Subject: Suu Kyi is barricaded again in her house (The Asian Age, 5/12/96.)
Suu Kyi is barricaded again in her house
The Asian Age, 5/12/96.
Rangoon, Dec. 4: Human rights watchdog Amnesty
International said on Wednesday that five supporters of Ms
Aung San Suu Kyi had been detained by Burma's military
authorities after leaving the leader's compound.
The five youth members of Ms Sun Kyi's National League for
Democracy were arrested on Tuesday after leaving her home,
which has since been sealed off, the London-based group said in
a statement received here.
The arrests came as Burmese security forces rounded up at least
300 student demonstrators on Tuesday when they refused to
disperse after an overnight student protest march in Ran- goon.
"Amnesty International considers the five to be prisoners of
conscience, detained solely for excercising their right to free
association," it said.
Amnesty said it was concerned for the safety of the five, citing
recent reports of beatings and torture of suspects detained by
the Burmese police, adding that young people were particularly
vulnerable to police harassment.
Ms Sun Kyi has also been prevented from leaving her home or
from receiving visitors. However, analysts said Ms Sun Kyi's
situation did not appear to be linked with the student protests.
The students began demonstrating on Monday to demand
action against police officers accused of beating students in
October, the release of prisoners jailed by the military junta and
the right to form a student union.
In an interview with the BBC, Ms Sun Kyi said that while she
believed the students had no political links, she supported "any
movement which is a demonstration against police brutality."