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Aung San began his career as a stud
- Subject: Aung San began his career as a stud
- From: nin@xxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 03:25:00
Subject: Aung San began his career as a student leader
AP-Dow Jones News
RANGOON (AP-Dow Jones)--In an ominous warning to student protestors
and other opponents of the military regime, one of Burma's top generals
has vowed to annihilate anyone disrupting his government's work.
The remarks by Gen. Tin Oo were carried in Thursday's state-run media
following six days of student protests in Rangoon and Mandalay.
Thousands of students demonstrators, demanding an end to police
brutality, the right to form a student union and other freedoms have
staged the most serious show of civil dissent since the nationwide
democracy uprising of 1988, which was also sparked by student protests.
The protests have diminished to brief demonstrations during the
last two days as police and intelligence agents have sealed off
universities and other rallying points such as the thousand-year-old Sule
Pagoda in downtown Rangoon.
Schools remained closed for a fourth straight day Thursday, and
democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remained confined to her home by
Tin Oo is one of the four most powerful generals in the ruling
junta that seized power by violently crushing the 1988 uprising.
More than 3,000 civilians were gunned down by the military,
thousands jailed and schools closed for three years.
The military government 'will never allow the recurrence of the 1988
disturbances and would annihilate any internal elements who are
trying to disrupt the country,' Tin Oo said.
Tin Oo is viewed as a junta hardliner, having also threatened to
annihilate Aung San Suu Kyi and her allies in the past. In his
most recent speech he once again alluded to Suu Kyi.
Tin Oo blamed the protests on 'internal axehandles under the
influence of external elements who did not wish to see the country
Military men frequently refer to Suu Kyi and her followers as
axehandles of imperialists and claim she is a puppet of
neocolonialists such as the U.S. and the U.K.
Burma was a British colony from 1824 until 1947, when Suu Kyi's
father, Gen.Aung San, won the country's independence.
Aung San, who was assassinated in 1947, began his career as a
student leader, and students have been carrying his portrait in
the recent protests.
(END) AP-DOW JONES NEWS 12-12-96