Burma: Locking the Gates

Locking the Gates

The city of Rangoon narrowly avoided another bloodbath last week when club- wielding government troops waded into 1,000 protesters on Martyrs Day, which marked the 42nd anniversary of the death of independence hero Aung San. The government reported that 44 people had been "detained."

It could have been much worse. Only hours earlier Aung San's daughter Aung San Suu Kyi, 44, the general-secretary of the opposition National League for Democracy, had canceled a scheduled protest march out of fear that the ruling military junta would turn it into a massacre. Said Suu Kyi in a letter sent to political parties throughout...

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