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Bombing Postpones Burma Race
- Subject: Bombing Postpones Burma Race
- From: waterly@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 27 Dec 1996 15:31:00
Bombing Postpones Burma
Friday, December 27, 1996 10:41 am EST
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -- Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi ended three weeks of house confinement today, making
visit to her mother's grave on the eighth anniversary of
Accompanied by a score of members of her National League for
Democracy, Suu Kyi laid a bouquet of gladioluses on the
located near Rangoon's holiest shrine, the gilded Shwedagon
Meanwhile, a temple compound rocked by two bomb blasts that
killed five people Wednesday remained closed today.
back pilgrims hoping to see a sacred relic believed to be a
2,500-year-old tooth of Buddha. Plainclothes officers
the car registration numbers of people trying to enter.
The military government has blamed the bombings on Burmese
insurgents, saying the attacks were intended to harm
between Burma and China, Burma's closest ally and
The military regime has rejected Suu Kyi's appeals for a
dialogue and in recent months has steadily tightened
her movements. She had not left her home since Dec. 5,
the height of
street protests by hundreds of university students
independent student union and more civil liberties.
Suu Kyi had complained of ``wrongful restraint'' at her
and at one point, riot police prevented her from
leaving. She said
she would not try again to leave as long as she needed
It was unclear whether the outing today meant she would
be able to
come and go as she pleased.
Wednesday's back-to-back bomb blasts at the Kaba Aye pagoda
compound were the first sign of unrest since the student
were stifled. The first explosion, which injured no one,
hours after a visit by a leader of the military regime,
Lt. Gen. Tin
Two hours later, a second blast exploded in a manmade
the compound where the tooth was on display. The
a small mine with a timing device caused the explosion.
Two policemen, a Red Cross worker and two others were killed
and 17 people injured. The tooth, on loan from China,
The government has pinned the bombings on the All-Burma
Democratic Front, an exiled students group, and the
Union, an ethnic insurgent army. But both the groups
government of staging the attacks to justify a crackdown.
Apparently because of the bombing, the Rangoon marathon
scheduled for Dec. 30 was postponed indefinitely for the
time. It was first postponed as part of the government's
on student protests.