Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Pro-democracy Leader's Party Says Myanmar's National Prestige at its Lowest

Source: Associated Press via International Herald Tribune

The opposition party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked Myanmar's National Day on Tuesday by criticizing the military government for lowering the nation's prestige.

The statement by the National League for Democracy marking the 87th anniversary of a student strike against British colonialism also called for the release of Suu Kyi — who has been detained for 12 of the past 18 years — and other political prisoners, including those arrested during anti-government demonstrations in August and September.

The statement was released at a ceremony attended by 200 supporters at party headquarters in Yangon, the first such gathering since the military junta violently cracked down on the protests, killing at least 15 people and detaining thousands, including hundreds of NLD members.

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