BURMA: Solidarity

BURMA Solidarity

Early last month, the gates of a sequestered compound in the northwest suburbs of sticky, sprawling Rangoon creaked open and 68 men & women filed out. They straggled the short distance to Kyandaw Cemetery, the city's common burial ground for Burmese Buddhists, camped there. They had not come to die; they were lepers who had caught the strike fever. Their bargaining power rested on the notion which Burmese share with other Asiatics that leprosy is a highly contagious disease.

To leprosarium authorities, leper leader Maung Kyaw Thu laid down demands to be met "immediately": 1) improve the wretched diet;...

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