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Burma Pospones 2nd Marathon
- Subject: Burma Pospones 2nd Marathon
- From: waterly@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 28 Dec 1996 13:44:00
Burma Postpones 2nd
Saturday, December 28, 1996 8:03 am EST
RANGOON, Burma (AP) -- Burma's military regime postponed a
second marathon today in a bid to ward off unrest after
of a pagoda compound left five people dead.
The Jan. 5 race in Mandalay, Burma's second-largest
postponed indefinitely, state-run newspapers reported.
marathon in Rangoon also was suspended this week.
The government did not say why it was canceling the
races, but both
cities were the site of student demonstrations earlier
this month, the
largest street protests since the army crushed a
uprising in 1988.
Two bombs exploded Wednesday near a pagoda frequented by
senior government leaders, where a sacred relic
believed to be a
2,500-year-old tooth of the Buddha was on display. The
remained closed to the public today.
A crowd of about 150 people waited in vain today for
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at an
she occasionally meets supporters on weekends.
She ended three weeks of house confinement Friday and
grave of her mother, diplomat Khin Kyi, on the eighth
of her death.
Suu Kyi, winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her
promotion of democracy, had not left her house since
Dec. 5, at the
height of the student demonstrations. Authorities had
leaving would be unsafe.