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Suu Kyi will not accept government
Subject: Suu Kyi will not accept government restrictions
Suu Kyi will not accept government restorations
Rangoon, Dec. 15: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has
indicated that she will not accept restrictions on her
movements as she spent ninth consecutive day on Sunday
inside her Rangoon residence, following the most defiant
civilian protests here since 1988.
With security still tight around the city following the
demonstrations, her National League for Democracy fired
back against official claims the the Nobel Peace Prize
laureate had failed to cooperate with authorities in
measures designed to insure her own safety.
" A serious request should not take on the nature of a
restrictive order nor should it entail the placement of
physical barriers ," said a statement signed by the NLD
central executive committee .
Her residence on Rangoon's University Avenue has been
blockaded since the demonstrations for students' right began
on the city's streets two weeks ago. The NLD leader has not
left has house since last Friday.
In response to a government statement circulated to
embassies on Rangoon earlier in the week, the Opposition
leader, who was confined by the ruling junta to her own
home for six years until her release last July, denied she had
said her current confinement constituted house arrest.
" At no time did she claim that she had been put under
house restriction, however she pointed out that restrictions
placed on her movement amount to unlawful restraint," said
The statement further rebutted accusations from the ruling
State Law and Order Restoration Council that the NLD was
connected to the students unrest. High-ranking junta
officials have compared the recent demonstration to the
civilian pro-democracy demonstrations of 1988 which were
crushed by the military. "The NLD supports all calls for
justice and human rights and we sympathise with the
grievances of the students but we strongly protest against
unsubstantiated accusation," said the statement.
In the past two weeks, students have demonstrated in the
city's streets for the release of student prisoners and right to
set up the union.
While they have made no mention of Aung San Suu Kyi,
protesters have carried a portrait of her father, the Burmese
independence hero Aung San, and chanted pro-democracy
Rangoon was quiet Sunday although there were still a high
security presence and restrictions on access to the Yangon
(Rangoon) Institute of Technology in the north of city and
at the Institute of Medicine downtown.
Armed troops have been patrolling the city at nighttime and
five tanks that were driven into the city Friday were still
parked in front of city hall, with combatready soldiers.
Burmese observers said that the tanks were intended as
show of force to deter students still staying in the city. Most
students have been sent home, After their classes were
suspended at the start if the week.
Students staged a daring march through the city two weeks
ago and up to 1,000 protesters gathered for a sit-down
protest by the main university campus last Friday night,
which was violently broken up by riot police and troops.
This was followed by a wave a smallers students
demonstrations, which now appear to have subsided, as
authorities have sought to isolate campuses and prevent
protesters from regrouping.(AFP)