BURMA: Body Politics

The man who for a decade sought to bring peace to the world was denied it in death. The funeral of former U.N. Secretary-General U Thant, who died in New York City on Nov. 25, last week erupted into a violent rebellion in Rangoon, Burma's capital. Rioting students, monks and workers clashed with government troops in a bizarre battle over Thant's final resting place. At week's end martial law was imposed in an effort to resolve the tense situation.

The fighting began when Thant's body was being escorted to a modest private burial service in a small family mausoleum in...

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