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Aung  San Suu  Kyi Makes 'Most Successful' Trip Despite Authorities' Harassment - 2002-12-26


Despite harassment by local authorities, the Burmese democracy leader made her "most successful" political tour in the countryside since her release from house arrest seven months ago, NLD party spokesman U Lwin told VOA Burmese Service Wednesday.

NLD spokesman U Lwin said in a telephone interview Aung San Suu Kyi returned to the capital Rangoon Tuesday night from Arakan State.

"On her return trip from Arakan, she passed five towns in the Irrawwady division.. Nga Thine Chaung, Ye Kyi, Kyone Pyaw, Danubyu and Nyaung Don. This is the most difficult trip she has ever made. But people still came out to greet her despite threats by authorities. This is the most successful organizational trip by her," he said.

U Lwin said authorities in some areas placed trucks, boulders and barbed wire across streets to stop her vehicle, while at others they warned people not to attend her rallies.

A few days ahead before her visit, the local townspeople were also warned by the authorities not to go out to the streets to greet Aung San Suu Kyi or they would face persecution.

At one point in Nyaung Don, Aung San Suu Kyi had to get down from her car and walk. Local people came out in throngs to greet her and this helped in a way for her to get closer to the people.

According to U Lwin, the situation got worse in Danubyu. He said, “The local authorities had the loudspeakers blaring with religious sermons and songs to prevent the crowd from hearing her voice. This outraged the people and they started singing Naga -ni song (Revolutionary).”

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