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Troops pull back from medical schoo
Subject: Troops pull back from medical school, Suu Kyi still confined.
Troops pull back from medical school, Suu Kyi still confined
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -- Heavy security around a downtown
school was lifted Sunday after the government sent nearly all
the students back
to their homes in the countryside to quell the largest street
since a 1988 nationwide democracy uprising.
Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi remained confined to her home,
however, disappointing about 200 followers who hoped she
would appear on
the streets and speak to them.
The government has accused Suu Kyi of fomenting the recent
students who staged demonstrations in Rangoon and Mandalay
last week have
denied any link to her or her political party. They are
calling for an end to
police brutality, the right to form a students union and more
Medical University No. 1, where security was lifted Sunday,
was the site of
several sit-ins last week. Students said three people were
arrested. The school's
dormitory appeared to be empty Sunday.
Burma's military government responded to the weeklong
closing most schools, arresting some students and members of
Suu Kyi's party,
sending students home, blocking off roads with troops and
riot police and
stationing tanks in downtown Rangoon.
Despite skirmishes in Rangoon last week in which rocks were
some young people were beaten, the military's response was
with the brutality it unleashed in 1988, gunning down more
protesters, jailing thousands and closing schools for three
The 1988 protests built up over several months, however, and
periods then when the military seemed to be taking a softer
line, only to lash
out violently later on.
But with schools closed, students on their way home and
hiding, under surveillance or in jail, the military seems to
have succeeded in
stopping the civil disobedience for the time being.
The challenge for the military now is to open schools as soon
without facing a recurrence of the demonstrations.
The regime's insistence on blaming Suu Kyi for the protests,
and confining her
as punishment, is pushing some Western governments to
action against Burma, also known as Myanmar.
The European Union has condemned the restrictions on Suu Kyi
of President Clinton's administration have been meeting
during the past few
days to discuss possible actions against Burma's military
[FOX, 15 December 1996].