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Aung San Suu Kyi Banned from Ceremonies Honoring Slain Father


Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been prevented from taking part in ceremonies marking the 58th anniversary of the death of her father, independence hero General Aung San.

Aung San Suu Kyi's absence from today's-Tuesday's Martyr's Day ceremonies in Rangoon is the third consecutive year she has missed the event since being placed under house arrest in May 2003.

State-controlled radio reported she was invited to attend the ceremony, but refused.

General Aung San and eight other people, most of them cabinet members, were assassinated on July 19th, 1947, six months before Burma gained its independence from Britain.

Aung San Suu Kyi's estranged brother, Aung San Oo, sent a representative to the ceremony on behalf of the family.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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