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August 26, 2000, Update: Stand-off at Dala, Issue # 1605

*BurmaNet: SPDC posts pictures on web of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U 
Tin Oo at Dala
*AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi running low on supplies as showdown drags on 
*SPDC: Government Continues to Provide Assistance to Daw Su Kyi and 
Her Assistants
*Reuters: EU asks Myanmar to let opposition chief move freely
*AP: Myanmar rulers urge Suu Kyi to go back home as criticism mounts 
*AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi's ordeal -- 12 years and counting 

[This update is being mailed at 9:00pm Rangoon time, Saturday
August 26.  BurmaNet will continue updates during the stand-off at 
Dala, with the next one on Sunday morning unless events warrant
a sooner posting.]


BurmaNet: SPDC posts pictures on web of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U 
Tin Oo at Dala

The regime has posted posted of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo and 
other NLD members who have been detained at a roadblock outside 
Rangoon.  The photos are online at: 


The three photos appear to have been taken with a telephoto lens and 
seem to be intended both to reassure the  world that the NLD leader 
is safe-- but also to inflict humiliation.  One of the photos shows a 
nearly nude U Tin Oo bathing in a stream close to the road along with 
several other members of the group.  

The second photo is identified as including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi but 
it is difficult to determine whether she is in fact, in the picture.  
What may be a person lying on the ground is the only one that could 
be Daw Suu, but the photo is not clear enough to even confirm that it 
is person lying down, much less that it is Daw Suu.  

The third photo shows three clearly uncomfortable young women 
identified as NLD members and some food packages and bottled water 
laid out on a mat. The photo is captioned "NLD members provide some 
food and some bottles of mineral water."  The caption contradicts AFP 
and other wire service reports (see below) which indicate that the 
regime is blocking the  group from receiving food and water.  During 
similar stand-offs two years  ago, the regime made similar assertions 
about providing food, water and medical assistance to Daw Suu and 
other detained NLD members.

After SPDC police forcibly returned Daw Suu returned to Rangoon, 
evidence emerged that rather than providing food or even allowing 
others to provide it, the regime had been blocking food and water.


AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi running low on supplies as showdown drags on 

YANGON, Aug 26 (AFP) - Myanmar's junta was preventing food and water 
from reaching opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she prepared to 
spend a third night camped in a car outside Yangon in a showdown with 
the authorities, her party said Saturday. 
 The National League for Democracy (NLD) said Aung San Suu Kyi and 
her entourage were running out of supplies and appealed for help from 
local people in the township where the group was halted Thursday. 

 "If the health of those being blocked be impaired by lack of food 
and water ... this is the entire responsibility of those who have 
stopped them," the NLD central executive committee said in a letter 
to the military regime. 

 "We demand that the blockade be immediately removed and the NLD 
leaders be allowed to proceed to their desired destination." 

 The withholding of supplies and the regime's refusal to allow Aung 
San Suu Kyi to go about legitimate party business were "criminal 
acts", it said. 

 The Nobel laureate sparked the stand-off Thursday when she left 
Yangon for a meeting of the party's youth wing in the outlying town 
of Kawhmu, in defiance of an order which confines her to the capital. 

 It was her first attempt to travel outside Yangon since a dramatic 
13-day confrontation on a bridge outside the capital in August 1998 
which ended amid fears for her health. 
 The United States, the European Union and Britain have demanded the 
junta lift the new blockade immediately. 

 "We are concerned about the health and safety of the National League 
for Democracy group and hold the Burmese authorities directly 
accountable for their welfare," said US State Department spokesman 
Philip Reeker. 

 British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said he was "disturbed" by 
reports of the stand-off. 
 "We urge the authorities to lift these unnecessary and unlawful 
restrictions immediately and call on the regime to open an immediate 
dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD," he said. 

 The Myanmar government said the opposition leader had been 
travelling without proper security precautions and was stopped for 
her own safety. 

 "Until safety conditions improve, Daw Suu Kyi is visiting Dallah, a 
small but charming town which is just ten minutes by boat from 
Yangon," it said. 

 In an apparent response to the criticism of the conditions she is 
living in, the government released photographs of the stand-off, 
showing party members bathing in a stream and being delivered food 
and water. 

 The government insisted that every effort was being made to "ensure 
the comfort and safety" of the party and that an ambulance and a 
doctor were stationed at the scene in case of emergency. 
 "She and her companions remain free to return to their homes at any 
time, or to continue staying by the roadside as long as the 
conditions remain safe." 

 Aung San Suu Kyi and more than a dozen party members including NLD 
vice-chairman U Tin Oo left Yangon by river ferry early Thursday and 
were met on the other side by supporters and two vehicles for the 
journey to Kawhmu. 

 They drove to Dallah where they were halted and ordered not to go 
any further. Journalists representing foreign media have since been 
barred from making the river crossing to Dallah. 
 However, witnesses said the two vehicles had been taken off the road 
and moved about 200 yards (metres) along a dirt track. A police truck 
blocked their path and the tyres had been let down. 

 Aung San Suu Kyi remained in her car, and party members took turns 
to stand by her window with an umbrella to provide some shade during 
the steamy days. They had also set up tarpaulins that served as 
makeshift tents. 

 The opposition leader's intentions have not been made public, but it 
appears she plans to continue the stand-off until she is allowed to 
travel on to Kawhmu or is forced to return to Yangon. 
 Although she is no longer under house arrest as she was between 1989 
and 1995, she is confined to the capital and her movements are 
closely monitored. 

 In the last attempt to test these restrictions, in August 1998, she 
camped out in a minibus on a bridge outside the capital after being 
blocked from travelling to meet provincial supporters. 
 The NLD won a crushing victory in 1990 elections but the results 
have never been recognised by the military, which has been in control 
of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in various guises since 1962. 


SPDC: Government Continues to Provide Assistance to Daw Su Kyi and 
Her Assistants


Information  Sheet
N0. B-1495(I)                26th August, 2000

Daw Su Kyi, U Soe Myint, U Tin Oo and her personal chauffeur together 
with the other 12 travel companions are still continuing their rest 
in Sarpachaun ward of Dala town today.

Meanwhile, the local authorities and townspeople have provided Daw Su 
Kyi and her companions with food and drinks while the Government 
medical team and local police officials remain nearby around the 
clock to ensure her maximum comfort, welfare and security.

The Government of Myanmar regrets that security conditions make it 
unsafe for Daw Su Kyi to travel to Twante area in taking unnecessary 
security risk but the Government encourages Daw Su Kyi to return home 
and continue her political activities in a more secure environment in 
Yangon. The Government will also provide her with necessary 
assistance to enable her to carry out
political activities successfully while in Dala.

However, she and her companions remain free to return to their homes 
at any time, or to continue staying by the road side as long as the 
conditions remain safe.

Meanwhile, students attending the recently resumed classes at the 
universities and colleges and the parents are deeply concerned that 
due to the recent statement issued by NLD in which the students have 
been encouraged by the party to engage in politic seems to coincide 
with the NLD's campaign to move the party's youth wing. A first year 
student Mg Kyaw Kyaw from Dagon university said, " I want to pursue 
my education continuously without any interruption but I am seriously 
concerned when the NLD youths will become politically activated. The 
NLD youths will are also students and they should be focusing on 
their education and peacefully pursuing it."

Daw Mya Sein from Ahlone township who is a parent of student Mg Kyaw 
Kyaw also expressed her concern and said, " It is my wish as a parent 
not to see the political parties create youths or students to become 
political activists. Our children need to enjoy their rights to 
proper education and this should be respected by all."


Reuters: EU asks Myanmar to let opposition chief move freely

PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The European Union urged Myanmar on 
Saturday to restore freedom of movement for opposition leader and 
Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. 

 ``The EU presidency reiterates its constant demand, as well as that 
of its European partners, that the restrictions on the freedom of 
movement of the secretary-general of the National League for 
Democracy (NLD) be lifted, `` said a statement available on the web 
site of the French presidency of the EU. 

 The EU also said it was worried about information concerning Suu 
Kyi, who was reported to have been blocked in her car outside the 
Myanmar capital Yangon in the company of other members of the NLD. 

 The EU reiterated the ``importance it attaches to the establishment 
of a dialogue between the Burmese (Myanmar) authorities and Mrs Aung 
San Suu Kyi's NLD, as well as with other democratic forces and 
national minorities.'' 

 ``Only this dialogue can allow Burma to progress along the road to 
democratisation and national reconciliation.'' 


AP: Myanmar rulers urge Suu Kyi to go back home as criticism mounts 

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Myanmar's military government on Saturday 
urged pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to return home and end a 
three-day roadside standoff with security forces who have blocked her 
car outside the capital, Yangon. 

 Suu Kyi and her companions ``remain free to return to their homes at 
anytime, or to continue staying by the road side as long as the 
conditions remain safe,'' said a government statement released in 

 The statement indicated that the government was keeping open the 
option of sending her back to Yangon forcibly, using her safety as a 

 Suu Kyi was stopped by police and security forces in the Yangon 
suburb of Dala on Thursday when she and other party members tried to 
drive out to the countryside for party organizational work. She has 
refused to go back to the capital and has spent the last two nights 
in the car. It appeared she was ready to spend a third night there. 

 It was the first time in two years that Suu Kyi had tried to leave 
Yangon, and the swift security action she provoked indicated that the 
military government, which has ruled Myanmar with an iron fist since 
1988, is in no mood to allow any opposition activity. 

 She had tried to leave four times in 1998 but was stopped every 
time. On one occasion, she remained in her car for nearly six days 
and on another for 13 days. 

 On Friday, the London-based Amnesty International urged the 
government to let Suu Kyi travel unhindered. 

 In a statement, Donna Guest of Amnesty said restricting Suu Kyi's 
movements is another example of the military's attempts to stamp out 
``all peaceful opposition activities'' in Myanmar, also known as 

 ``This level of surveillance and intimidation is all part of the 
general harassment'' by the government against Suu Kyi's National 
League for Democracy party, she said. Similar protests were made by 
the United States and Britain on Friday. 

 Also, NLD chairman Aung Shwe wrote to Myanmar's military leader, 
Gen. Than Shwe, on Friday saying Suu Kyi and the others ``have been 
illegally and unlawfully prevented by the military dictators which 
amounts to criminal act.'' A copy of the letter was given to 
reporters in Yangon on Saturday. 

 Suu Kyi's car and a pickup carrying 12 party supporters have been 
herded into a small lane, which has been blocked by two trucks on 
both ends, witnesses said. 

 Aung Shwe's letter said tires of both vehicles were deflated. 

 The government statement said Suu Kyi has been provided with an 
ambulance from Yangon with one doctor and six medical attendants 
around the clock to ``ensure her maximum comfort and welfare.'' 

 It said she was not allowed to go further because security 
conditions make it unsafe for her to travel outside Yangon. It said 
the government ``encourages'' her to return home and continue ``her 
political activities in a more secure environment in Yangon.'' 

 Meanwhile, the government will assist her in carrying out political 
activities in Dala, a ``small but charming town which is 10 minutes 
by boat from Yangon,'' the statement said. 

 Security problems have rarely been reported in Kungyangon, 50 
kilometers (30 miles) south of Yangon, where Suu Kyi was planning to 

 Reporters were stopped by security forces at the ferry crossing 
point on the Yangon river, which separates Yangon from Dala, and 
politely told to go back. 

 On Saturday, two NLD cars waited on the Yangon side of the ferry 
crossing in case Suu Kyi decided to return. Residents coming from 
Dala said there was little traffic on the roads in the suburb. 

 Suu Kyi has been at loggerheads with the military government since 
1988 when she helped lead a pro-democracy uprising, which was 
brutally crushed by the government. 

 A year after that she was put under house arrest. The order was 
lifted in 1995 but her movements have remained restricted. The 
government also refuses to honor the results of the 1990 general 
elections which her party won by a landslide. 
2000-08-26 Sat 06:43 


AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi's ordeal -- 12 years and counting 

YANGON, Aug 26 (AFP) - Since forming the National League of Democracy 
12 years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi has had an endless series of troubles 
from the Myanmar military junta. 
 Following are major events: 
 1988, Aug-Sep 8: Mass demonstrations demanding an end to the 
military dictatorship in place since 1962 are staged across the 
country after months of turmoil. Troops open fire on the crowds, 
leaving hundreds or thousands dead according to different estimates. 
Military takes charge. National League for Democracy, led by Aung San 
Suu Kyi, daughter of independence hero Aung San, is formed. 
 1989, July: Aung San Suu Kyi is placed under house arrest. 
 1990 May: Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD bags 392 out of 485 seats in 
parliamentary elections. The military government, known as the State 
Law and Order Restoration Council, annuls the results. 
 1991: Aung San Suu Kyi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 
 1995: The junta releases Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. 
 1996: The government bans Aung San Suu Kyi from addressing 
supporters outside her house. 
 1997, May: Hundreds of police prevent the holding of an NLD congress 
at Aung San Suu Kyi's home. 
 1998, July-August: Aung San Suu Kyi makes several attempts to flee 
the capital but is blocked by a military escort. The NLD calls for a 
meeting of the 1990 parliament, a move which triggers a crackdown 
against the party and the arrest of hundreds of followers. 
 1999, March: Aung San Suu Kyi's husband, Michael Aris, dies in 
Britain from cancer. The junta denied Aris a visa in the last months 
of his illness. His wife elects not to visit him, fearing she may be 
barred from returning. 
 2000, Aug 24: Aung San Suu Kyi faces off military authorities in a 
town outside Yangon. NLD members say security officials stopped her 
as her car approached Dallah township, about 32 kilometres (20 miles) 
from Yangon. 
 Aung San Suu Kyi sparked the stand-off when she left Yangon for a 
meeting with the party's youth wing in the outlying town of Kawhmu, 
in defiance of an order which confines her to the capital. 
 The Myanmar government said the Nobel laureate was travelling 
without security precautions and had been stopped for her own safety. 
 The United States, Britain criticise the restrictions on her 
2000-08-26 Sat 05:18 





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