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Riot in Tokyo Concert (r)


We strongly protest these kind of violent acts on the slogan chanting 
pro-democracy activists committed by the Burmese Embassy staff in Tokyo and 
their thugs.

There is no doubt that the acts were criminal in nature. As the Burmese 
Embassy represents the SPDC government in Burma, SPDC should take the full 
responsibilities and  must allow a full investigation to take place so that 
persons who have committed these crminal acts could be punished in 
accordance with the law.

We would also like to urge the Burmese Embassador and Japanese Foreing 
Ministry to take the matter very seriously and to guarantee that justice 
will prevail. We hope this matter will also be taken up at the coming 
EU-ASEAN meeting on May 24-26 in Bangkok.

Moreover, if we all Burmese and the world at large allow these kind of acts 
to take place in an Embassy environment in a foreign land and let it fade 
away unprotested and unchallenged, then there will be not much change we 
could hope for in this military regime since the bloody uprising against Ne 
Win's regime in 1988.

Could this be a tell-tale sign that SPDC also has much tendency to use 
extensive force in dealing with any form of opposition protests inside Burma 
when it comes to that? Will the leopard change its spots?

Minn Kyaw Minn

>From: Kyaw Kyaw Soe <kyawkyaw@xxxxxxx>
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>Subject: Riot in Tokyo Concert
>Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 23:00:34 +0900
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>Two pro-democracy activists were beaten

>Two pro-democracy activists were beaten by the Burmese embassy >staffs and 
>its thugs today(May 23, 1999) concert in Tokyo.
>Today, there is two schedule to perform concert in Tokyo. The first >to 
>start on 14:30 (Japanese Standsard Times), The second to start on 
> >17:30(JST).
>On the first show, there are about 10 pro-democracy activist and >their 
>sympathies entered the concert hall. Some sympathies to record >what will 
>happen in concert hall.
>When the first show ended, some pro-democracy activists started to >chant 
>the slogan and the embassy staffs and their thugs rounded up >the zctivists 
>and beated. At that time, the lights are turning on >but when the beaten 
>was started the lights were turned off.
>As a result, two pro-democracy activists, Myo Min Htut(a) Michale >and Khin 
>Maung Oo are wounded and rush to nearest hospital.
>So many wounded were occured on Michael's face. Khin Maung Oo was >more 
>serious than Michael. He was binded his head and face.
>The audience were shock and the concert was cancelled and all of the 
> >actors also shocked.The actors also suprised by the thugs of embassy
>(SPDC) dare to beat the pro-democracy activists .
>At (2100-JST), over a hundred activists still in front of the concer >hall 
>which is located center of Tokyo. They demand the police to >state who 
>beated the pro-democracy activists and will sue. the >lawyer of Burmese 
>activists, Shogo Watanabe arrived  and control the >situation.
>The embassy staffs denied to talk to police officers because this is
>deplomatic and they would like to talk to foreing ministry and >Kazuyuki 
>Takimi,incharge of Southeast Asia Division immediately >arrived and talk to 
>the diplomats.
>The embassodor occupied the 4th floor and declared that 4th floor is
>diplomatic area and nobody allowed to enter.
>The activists dispursed 21:30.
>Kyaw Kyaw Soe
>Burma Youth Volunteer Association
>502, APTO
>Takinogawa 7-18-1
>Kita Ku, Tokyo

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