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August 27, 2000, Update: Stand-off at Dala, Issue # 1606

*AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi to fight 'war of endurance' with junta 
*NCGUB News Desk: News Update on Daw Suu
*Reuters: Myanmar's Suu Kyi sticks to roadside protest
*AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi: West's democracy poster-child, but thwarted 
at home
*Govt of Britain: Aung San Suu Kyi: Statement by Robin Cook 
*SPDC: Govt provides assistance to Daw Suu Kyi and Assistants
*Maykha-L: DASSK update


AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi to fight 'war of endurance' with junta 

YANGON, Aug 27 (AFP) - Aung San Suu Kyi will fight a "war of 
endurance" to force Myanmar's military regime to allow her to travel 
freely, her party vowed Sunday as a stand-off on the outskirts of 
Yangon went into a fourth night. 

 The opposition leader and a dozen supporters were blocked Thursday 
as they attempted to travel to a meeting of the party's youth wing in 
defiance of the junta's ban on her leaving the capital. 

 Aung San Suu Kyi refused to obey the military's request to turn back 
and has spent an uncomfortable four days camped out in her car in wet 
and steamy monsoon conditions. 

 National League for Democracy (NLD) chairman Aung Shwe said the 55-
year-old Nobel peace laureate would remain on the isolated road in 
Dallah township unless she was allowed to travel on or forced to 
return home. 

 The party would maintain a vigil until the showdown with the junta 
ended, he said. 

 "Our headquarters will be kept open daily until the war of endurance 
ends one way or another." 
 Although she was released from house arrest in 1995, Aung San Suu 
Kyi's movements are closely monitored by the military regime which 
has been in control of Myanmar in various guises for nearly four 

 Her last attempt to test the restrictions was in August 1998, when 
she spent 13 days in a tense stand-off on a bridge outside Yangon 
until illness and dehydration forced her to return home. 
 NLD central committee member U Nyunt Wai said the latest 
confrontation was aimed at pressuring the authorities to acknowledge 
the right to freedom of movement in Myanmar. 

 "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is ready to endure all sorts of discomfort for 
as long as it takes," he told AFP. 

 "The purpose is ... to let everyone know, including the people of 
Burma, the military authorities, as well as the world, that we have 
the basic democratic right to travel freely in our own country." 
 The NLD Saturday accused the government of preventing deliveries of 
food and water from reaching Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage and 
warned the regime it would be held responsible if they came to any 

 Apparently stung by the criticism, the junta issued a series of 
statements insisting the group was being well cared for during 
a "rest" in Dallah and that an ambulance and doctor were on standby. 
 It released photographs of the scene, which is off-limits to 
journalists, showing party members bathing in a stream and receiving 

 An NLD spokesman said Sunday that the crisis had eased and the group 
were all in good health. 
 "Food, water and medicine have reached them through the Dallah NLD 
party channel," he told AFP. 

 The international community has expressed its outrage over the stand-
off, with the United States, European Union, Britain and France 
demanding the junta lift the blockade immediately. 
 They also reminded Myanmar's generals that they would be held 
accountable for the welfare of Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters. 

 The government has argued that travel in the area is dangerous and 
that the Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters were stopped for their 
own safety. 

 "The government encourages Daw Suu Kyi to return home and continue 
her political activities in a more secure environment in Yangon," it 
said in a statement Sunday. 

 "However, she and her companions remain free to continue staying at 
Dallah township and the government will also provide her with 
necessary assistance to enable her to carry out her political 
activities successfully there." 

 Witnesses at the scene said the group's two vehicles had been moved 
off the main road and were parked about 200 yards (182 metres) along 
a dirt track. A police truck blocked their path and the tyres had 
been let down. 

 Local townspeople said they were unaware of the drama unfolding 

 "We don't even know what's going on ... we're too busy going about 
our business trying to survive," one Dallah resident told AFP. 

 The authorities seem resigned to the situation and another endurance 
test is likely to be in the offing, observers in Yangon say. 

 "She will be there for as long as she can, until she's forced to 
turn back because she becomes ill. She won't give in easily," one 
diplomat said. 



NCGUB News Desk: News Update on Daw Suu

August 26, 2000
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo (Vice Chairman of NLD), U Soe Myint 
(chairman of
Rangoon Division NLD Organizing Committee), Dr. Aung Myo, and six NLD 
youths, using
two cars, arrived at Pansodan jetty on the morning of 24 August to 
cross over to
Dala.  There was a delay for about one hour before they could cross 
over to the
other side of the river.  The two cars, with four people guarding 
them, were left
behind at Pansodan jetty. 
A saloon car and a Hilux van received the party when they arrived on 
the other side
and the group proceeded from Dala.
About one mile down the road and as they reached a gasoline station, 
members of the
Police, the Fire Department, Red Cross, and the Union Solidarity and 
Association blocked the road and surrounded the cars.  The cars were 
then forced
off the road and onto a dirt track.  The vehicles, with their tires 
deflated, were
about 200 yards from the road and a police truck was also stationed 
there to
prevent them from moving on.
The Army and Intelligence Units were seen directing the blockade from 
behind the
scenes but were not taking part directly. 
The car Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is in has no air conditioning but she 
remained in her
car, shaded by members of her party who took turns to stand at the 
window with an
umbrella. The gap between the vehicles was covered with a makeshift 
tent.  NLD
vice-chairman U Tin Oo, who accompanied Aung San Suu Kyi on the 
journey, was seen
walking around the vehicles but never moving far from the area.
Journalists representing the foreign media were barred from making 
the river
crossing to Dala and were turned away by military intelligence 
stationed at the
NLD youths who went along were asked by the NLD leaders to buy food 
for the group,
which is being kept isolated from the local people.
U Aung Shwe remained at NLD Headquarters, which has appealed for help 
from the
local people in Dala Township and sent a letter of complaint to the 
military regime
saying, "We demand that the blockade be immediately removed and the 
NLD leaders be
allowed to proceed to their desired destination.... If the health of 
those being
blocked be impaired by lack of food and water.... this is the entire 
of those who have stopped them." 


Reuters: Myanmar's Suu Kyi sticks to roadside protest

 By Aung Hla Tun 

 YANGON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent 
a fourth uncomfortable day in her car south of Yangon on Sunday in a 
roadside test of wills with Myanmar's military rulers, who have asked 
her to go home for her own safety. 

 The 55-year-old Nobel laureate and more than a dozen members of her 
National League for Democracy (NLD) were halted by police on Thursday 
as they headed south of the capital in two vehicles. 

 It was the first time Suu Kyi had tried to leave Yangon since 
another roadside stand-off in 1998 that ended after 13 days when 
deteriorating health and dehydration forced her to return home in an 

 Myanmar's government said Suu Kyi was being prevented from 
travelling further for her own protection, due to ``recent threats of 
violence by armed separatist terrorist groups.'' 

 ``Daw Suu Kyi and her personal chauffeur together with 14 travel 
companions are still continuing their rest in Dala township today,'' 
the government said in a statement. 

 ``Until safety conditions improve, Daw Suu Kyi is visiting Dala 
township, a small but charming and scenic town about 10 minutes' boat 
ride from Yangon jetty.'' 

 Journalists who tried to go to the scene of the stand-off were 
turned back by security authorities on the outskirts of Yangon. 

 The government insisted Suu Kyi was being provided with ample food 
and water, contrary to reports from some NLD members who said she was 
running short of supplies. 

 ``Water and other amenities from nearby Chinese restaurants and mini-
marts have been made available from the government as well as other 
private sources,'' it said. 

 To support its assertion that Suu Kyi was being properly looked 
after and provided with food and water, the government released five 
photographs of Suu Kyi's ``visit to Dala.'' 

 One showed several men laden with plastic bags walking along a path 
towards the parked cars, with the caption: ``Suu Kyi's travel 
companions coming back from shopping at nearby food stores in time 
for high-tea.'' 


 Another picture showed the group's two vehicles -- a saloon car and 
a pickup truck -- parked beside a dirt track. The caption pointed out 
houses in the background, noting that ``bathroom services are 
available there for free.'' 

 Two photographs showed men washing at an outdoor water pump and 
bathing in a river. The government said the pictures showed NLD 
members taking ``an afternoon dip.'' 
 Suu Kyi was not visible in any of the photographs. 

 The government repeated its call for her to return home to 
``continue her political activities in a more secure environment ... 
However, she and her companions remain free to continue staying at 
Dala township,'' it said. 

 World anger at the treatment of Suu Kyi has mounted, with the United 
States and European Union demanding that she be allowed to travel 
freely in her own country. 
 The government said they had misunderstood the situation.
 ``Apparently there is some misunderstanding of the current situation 
in Myanmar so we would like to clarify some basic points to those who 
are criticising us irresponsibly,'' it said. 
 ``Like any government in the world, the government of Myanmar has a 
fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect its citizens 
from acts of violence from terrorist organisations and unlawful armed 

 Diplomats in Yangon said they had not heard reports of armed 
insurgent groups active in the area of the stand-off. 

 The government said it would take all necessary steps to safeguard 
Suu Kyi, ``while also safeguarding her human rights, as much as 
possible including the right to freedom of movement.'' 

 The NLD won elections in May 1990 by a landslide but has never been 
allowed to govern. 
 Suu Kyi was under house arrest for six years until 1995 and her 
movements remain severely restricted. In 1998, she twice spent 
several days in her car after being blocked by police when trying to 
leave Yangon. 


AFP: Aung San Suu Kyi: West's democracy poster-child, but thwarted at 

BANGKOK, Aug 27 (AFP) - Twelve years after she returned home from 
Europe, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi remains excluded from 
power by Myanmar's junta but has emerged as an icon of democracy for 
the West. 

 Her ambitions for power have been thwarted at every step by the 
military rulers, with the junta's boot firmly quashing any movement 
for substantive political change. 

 The National League for Democracy (NLD) leader saw aspirations for 
democracy in heady 1988 demonstrations evaporate in a hail of gunfire 
which left thousands of protestors dead. 

 The next decade has been one of ultimately fruitless struggle 
against the military and analysts say the opposition's fortunes have 
markedly declined. 

 Aung San Suu Kyi now sits in her car on a lonely stretch of country 
in a protest of which her 
compatriots know little or nothing but which the international 
community is watching intently. 

 The daughter of Myanmar independence hero Aung San -- revered by 
opposition and junta alike and who was assassinated months before the 
country won independence from Britain in 1948 -- has paid a high 
price for her political life. 

 A victim of her own popularity, she was placed under house arrest in 
1989 under the "Law Protecting the State from Destructionists" and 
only granted limited freedom in 1995. 
 Her thunderous silence during those years of house arrest galvanized 
global opposition to the junta, drawing denunciations from the United 
Nations, governments and human rights groups world wide. The award of 
a Nobel peace prize in 1991 only served to reinforce that opposition. 
 Aung San Suu Kyi was born June 19, 1945, in Yangon and educated 
there until 1960 when her mother, Khin Kyi, was named ambassador to 
India, and then at Delhi University. From 1964-67 she studied 
philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh's College, Oxford 
University, England, earning a bachelor's degree. 

 In 1972 she married British academic Michael Aris. Their first son, 
Alexander, was born in 1973 and their second, Kim, in 1977. The junta 
has seized on her marriage as evidence she is not committed to 
Myanmar and frequently refers to her simply as Mrs Aris. 

 Aris died in March 1999 after a long struggle with cancer. The junta 
denied Aris a visa in the last months of his illness. Aung San Suu 
Kyi declined to leave the country to be by her husband's side, an 
expression of solidarity with those strugging for democracy and her 
fear that she may not be allowed back in. 

 She had returned to Rangoon in April 1988 to tend to her sick mother 
and found the city awash in protests against the military, which had 
seized power in 1962. The demonstrations quickly spread nationwide 
and grew in intensity and she took on the role of intermediary in 
what was to become a bloody confrontation. 

 In September 1988, she was named secretary-general and co-founder of 
the National League for Democracy (NLD), an alliance of 105 
opposition parties challenging the junta. 

 Beginning in October 1988 she crisscrossed Burma, delivering more 
than 100 campaign speeches for the NLD ahead of national elections. 

 Aung San Suu Kyi mesmerized huge crowds with her beauty and speaking 
ability, and because she was the daughter of Burma's founding father. 

 Despite being confined to her home, she led the NLD to a landslide 
victory in 1990 polls. The junta has refused to accept the results. 

 She has held regular meetings of supporters at her compound and 
continues to speak out against the junta. 

 But analysts say international attention has drifted from Myanmar 
and has driven her to seek confrontations with the military. 

 In a rare and exclusive interview with AFP last year, she admitted 
that intense pressure from Myanmar's military junta had exposed 
internal rifts in the party. 

 The Nobel laureate said the government crackdown was a kind 
of "test" which would ultimately strengthen her party. 


Govt of Britain: Aung San Suu Kyi: Statement by Robin Cook 

Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, issued the following statement on 25

'I am disturbed by reports that Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, 
of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma, has been 
from travelling to a meeting  outside Rangoon. 

'We deplore this action taken by the Burmese regime against Aung San 
Kyi and other NLD members. To restrict leaders of a democratic 
party from moving around the country is a denial of fundamental human
and political rights. The NLD was elected in 1990 with a massive
majority and still enjoys huge popular support.

'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.'


SPDC: Govt provides assistance to Daw Suu Kyi and Assistants


                Information Sheet
        N0. B-1499(I/L)       27th August, 2000

Government Officials And Dala Township NLD Members Continue To 
Provide Assistance To Daw Su Kyi And Her Assistants While They 
Continue To Rest In Dala Township

Daw Su Kyi and her personal chauffeur together with the 14 travel 
companions are still continuing their rest in Dala township today 
Regretably, recent threats of violence by armed separatist terrorist 
groups have made travel by prominent persons beyond Dala township 
inadvisable at this time. Until safety conditions improve, Daw Su Kyi 
is visiting Dala Township, a small but charming and scenic town about 
10 minutes boat ride from Yangon jetty and while they are continuing 
their stay at Sapachaun Ward food, water and other amenities from 
nearby Chinese restaurants and mini-marts have been made available 
from the government as well as other private sources.

The Government encourages Daw Su Kyi to return home and continue her 
political activities in a more secure environment in Yangon. However, 
she and her companions remain free to continue staying at Dala 
Township and the Government will also provide her with necessary 
assistance to enable her to carry out her political activities 
successfully there.

Apparently there is some misunderstanding of the current situation in 
Myanmar so we would like to clarify some basic points to those who 
are criticizing us irresponsibly. Like any government in the world, 
the Government of Myanmar has a fundamental obligation and 
responsibility to protect its citizens from acts of violence from 
terrorist organizations and unlawful armed groups. The terrorist 
attacks and kidnappings that are, in fact, happening today in the 
region are indicating that terrorism is a very real threat in the 
modern world and governments around the world must work together to 
prevent such acts of violence.

As a prominent citizen of Myanmar and also being the daughter of 
Myanmar National Hero General Aung San, the Government will take all 
necessary action in protecting her from these threats, while also 
safeguarding her human rights, as much as possible including the 
right to freedom of movement.




Maykha-L: DASSK update

August 26, 2000

[BurmaNet adds: This rough translation of a Burmese language report 
was posted on the Mayka-L mailing list on August 28.  It is similar 
to the report carried by the NCGUB news desk (see above) but adds 
details not in that report or in wire service reports.]

Begin message:

Posted by M.M. Than [maungt@xxxxxxxxxx]

Dear friends , This is a draft - unofficial traslation of the DASSK 
update from shwenanda@xxxxxxxxxxx . Please notice that I did  not 
have time to ask for  authorisation to translate it into English 
from  the original sender . It is only from my wish to let Non-
Burmese friends understand what is written . I am responsible for any 
mistake in translation. 
mmt- 612 97378637
DASSK group crossed Rangoon river to the other side Dala township 10 
am 24 August 2000 . They left two vehicle behind ( at the Rangoon 
side Pansoedan  wharf) . From Dala wharf , they continued to travel 
with two vehicles toward Tontay township ( a Saloon white and a 
Hilux)   .
After a mile over Dala township near Dala clock-tower and near the 
Petrol station they were confronted by   USDA ,  Fire -brigade , Red 
Cross , Police , Military intelligence . Those guys holding  wooden 
sticks placed barbed-wire and barricade on the road to block DASSK 
group from moving forward and they took the air out of the wheels-
vehicles    .
DASSK and colleagues were forced into the small lane ( KyanSitthar 
lane)  two hundreds metres  from the main road therefore DASSK , U 
tin Oo, U Soe Myint , Dr Aung Myo and six youth were stuck and could 
not move any further from the place ( time of this record 4 pm 26 . 
August 2000) .
On 24 August ,  while the vehicles were being forced to  move out of 
the main road , the transportation routes between Dala township and 
Tontay , Konchangone , Kawmhu township was totally cut off till 3 pm 
in the afternoon. 
The famous pagoda - Shwesandaw  in Tontay township has been 
restricted since 24 th August due to the report of DASSK plan to 
visit the pagoda .
Military intelligence warned the people in the surrounding area not 
to contact DASSK . People are afraid to offer food and water for 
DASSK despite their willingness to support her . 
Commuters on the buses ( along the road )  are warned by military 
intelligence through bus conducters not to point at DASSK and 
colleagues while passing through the place. And commuters are also 
warned not to look out and not to talk about DASSK and colleagues . 

They are in   very sparsely populated area on the way in the middle 
of paddy field , where known to have  a lot of snakes , mosquitoes 
and insets. 
a hundred meter away , there is a house under construction right in 
middle of paddy field, it does not have door. 
U Tin Oo and U Soe Myint are seen standing and walking around, in the 
day time .
People are whispering why an unarmed lady is not allowed to  visit 
the pagoda . 
Meanwhile on Rangoon wharf, there are police and intelligence under 
various disguise around the vehicles that DASSK left behind. 
 Within one mile area surrounding DASSK group Fire -brigade , Red 
Cross , Police , Military intelligence , township SPDC are seen to be 
busy around DASSK and her colleagues.
Food supply is mainly organised by youth members accompanying 
together with DASSK and local NLD members. 
On the Dala-Tontay highway , there are an ambulance and an fire-
brigate vehicle stationed at 2 falon from the place . The vehicles 
carrying intelligence are seen going to- and -fro .
A plastic tent is located between two vehicles of DASSK group ( 
supposed to be  having a camp) . 

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stream stream / Bridge / Stream stream ------------------------- / / 
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Ten Miles to Tontay/ 
/ /
/ /Petrol station  
/ /
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/ /
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-----------------------------/ / ---------------------------
Saloon car , Hilux car , small lane , small village in  3 falon away

Kyan Sit Thar Lane


Two storey building under construction 

/ /
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a group of 5-6 huts  / /
/a mile from Dala  /
Paddy fields , Hut  / /
/ /
hut  / /
/ /
hut  / /
/ /


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