Suu Kyi still being harassed, says aide

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  • Sunday, 25 May 2003

YANGON: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has faced constant intimidation and harassment by a group aligned to the military junta during her ongoing travels in northern Myanmar, her party spokesman said yesterday. 

Suu Kyi is on a month-long trip to the Kachin state, her seventh political tour of the country since being released from a 19-month-long house arrest by the ruling junta last year as part of a reconciliation effort that had since stalled. 

But at least two of her previous trips had also been marred by allegations of harassment, provoking criticism that the junta was not serious about allowing Suu Kyi the political freedoms it had promised. 

U Lwin, the spokesman for her National League for Democracy Party (NLD), said members of the government-sponsored Union Solidarity Development Association (USDA) were carrying out the harassment. 

“Throughout the trip, Aung San Suu Kyi and party members met constant intimidation and obstruction by members of the Usda. Before entering the towns, Usda members wait for Suu Kyi with signboards that say 'Oppose those pessimists and stooges who depend on external elements',” he said. 

In some places, Usda members carrying swords and sticks blocked the road, U Lwin said. 

The party complained to the authorities but no action was taken against the Usda members, he said. The government had in the past denied sponsoring harassment and obstruction of Suu Kyi, but it did not comment on the latest allegation. 

The USDA was formed in 1993 as a social organisation. – AP  

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