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Burma Heightens Security, Bans Opposition Leader from Martyr's Day


Burma's military government has tightened security and blocked pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from attending ceremonies marking the anniversary of her father's assassination.

The junta had warned that democracy activists would try to disrupt Wednesday's commemoration of Martyr's Day.

The event pays tribute to independence leader General Aung San. He was assassinated July 19th, 1947 - just months before Burma won independence from Britain. Eight other people, most of them cabinet members, also were assassinated.

Culture Minister General Khin Aung Myint placed a wreath at a mausoleum in an official ceremony Wednesday.

But Aung San Suu Kyi was kept at home for the fourth consecutive year since she was last placed under house arrest in May 2003.

Over the past 17 years, she has spent a decade confined to her home by authorities.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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