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Burma Accuses West of Funding Pro-Democracy Movement


Burma's military government has accused western countries of aiding the Burmese pro-democracy movement.

State run media on Sunday charged that the embassy of "a powerful country" had helped prominent activist Htay Kywe escape a security dragnet last month. Burmese government media said Htay Kywe, who is still in hiding, was receiving help from a foreign nation an apparent reference to the United States. The US embassy in Rangoon was not available for comment.

Burmese media also say the United States is sending money to opposition groups that have conducted anti-government demonstrations in recent weeks.

The United States has been among the world's harshest critics of the junta in Burma. Last week President Bush said the Burmese government's recent crackdown on peaceful expression amounts to inexcusable repression.

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