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Chile and Sweden support democracy in Burma

New Delhi, August 7, 2000
Mizzima News Group (www.mizzima.com)

Aung San Suu Kyi is a very courageous woman and she is in the same area
of Martin Lutherking, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, said Chile
President Mr. Ricardo Lagos on 29th July. He was participating in an
internet conversation with his counterparts from Sweden and South
Africa. The conference was a part of World Festival 2000 organized by
the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY).

"I am sure that like the others, she will have a victory at the end?Our
solidarity is with her fight and she has to know that her fight is our
fight and the fight for all mankind", said the President of Chile, a
country once ruled by a dictator.

The International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY), an organization made
up of 134 socialist, social democrat and labor youth organizations
representing a hundred countries around the world, organized a world
youth festival from 24th July to 30th July at Malmo, Sweden. More than
6,000 students and youth participated in the festival and eight
pro-democracy activists from Burma were among them.

The live internet conversation held at the closing session of the
festival was participated by Sweden Prime Minister Mr. Goran Persson and
South Africa President Mr. Thabo Mbeki.

"Aung San Suu Kyi is worth all support. She is courageous. She has a
right and the demand for democracy, free election that she stands behind
is also something that we in the social democratic movement around the
world has stood up for", said Swedish social democrat Prime Minister.

"We are sending a message to her and all fighting comrades in Burma that
we support you and we wish you the best and we will be with you in a
fight for democracy and freedom", continues the Sweden Prime Minister
who was present at the festival spot.

Dr. Sein Win, Prime Minister of the Burmese government in exile also
sent a message to the conference, seeking support from the social
democrats around the world. "There is a reason for explaining the
suffering of youths, students, and the other people in my country today:
that people who enjoy freedom should not take it for granted, and that
there are many people in this world today who are giving up their lives
just to gain the most basic of freedoms", said Dr. Sein Win in his
message, which was read out by a Burmese participant in the internet

(See: www.sap.se for the whole internet conversation).