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Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Invade Burma now

I was distressed to hear that the military authorities in Burma have ordered the indefinite closure of universities and colleges, and shut down offices of the opposition National League for Democracy.

Here is the article, virtually in full:
A number of the party's key members have been arrested since the NLD's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was detained on Friday.

Britain, France and Sweden have demanded the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is being held at a military guesthouse in the capital, Rangoon.

She was detained following clashes around her motorcade in the north of Burma, involving supporters of the government.

Reports say the number of people killed may be much higher than the four dead announced by the government.

The BBC's Larry Jagan says university campuses have been at the centre of political activity, and the authorities are worried that students may organise protests against Aung San Suu Kyi's renewed detention.

Most of the NLD's offices around the country have been closed by the authorities, while opposition sources say the military authorities have also begun to take into custody many of the party's key provincial leaders.

The clampdown follows clashes between NLD supporters and pro-government protesters in the north of the country on Saturday.

Aung San Suu Kyi was visiting the region at the time and was detained there.
The BBC's correspondent says that the 'disturbances' were, in fact, attacks by military stooges on the large but peaceful demonstrations in favour of the National League for Democracy.

Just in case you've forgotten - and most people seem to have done - Aung San Suu Kyi was voted into office in democratic elections in 1991 She has never been able to take up her post because the Burmese army and its 'State Law and Order Committee' have prevented her from doing so. The shitbags even renamed the country 'Myanmar'. Interestingly, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991.

As far as I know, the country doesn't have much oil. Shame really.

On April 9th, after the fall of Iraq, I blogged - under the heading 'Myanmar' - 'Burma next please'. Burma is a country that could do with some serious foreign intervention.

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