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Military Government Accuses Exiled Dissidents of Inciting Buddhist Nuns to Protest - 2003-01-17


Burma's military junta has accused exiled dissidents of inciting an anti-government protest by two Buddhist nuns who were arrested Thursday.

Brigadier General Than Tun, a senior junta official, told reporters in Rangoon today (Friday) that the two nuns were influenced by dissidents based in Thailand.

He said one of the women had become a nun a year ago while the other had been wearing nun's robes for less than three weeks.

The nuns were arrested (Thursday) as they protested outside the Rangoon city hall. Witnesses say police confiscated a banner the two women were carrying depicting a peacock, the symbol of the opposition Free Burma Coalition and National League for Democracy.

Information for this report is provided by AP, and AFP.

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