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Burma Marks Anniversary of Detained Leader's Father - 2003-07-20


Ceremonies marking the assassination of Burma's independence leader Aung San have taken place in the capital, Rangoon, without the participation of his daughter, who remains in custody of the country's ruling generals.

Aung San Suu Kyi has not been seen in public since the military detained her May 30th after a clash in northern Burma between supporters of her National League for Democracy and pro-government groups.

The Nobel peace laureate did attend last year's ceremonies, which were held shortly after her release from 19 months of house arrest.

In today's event, (known as "Martyr's Day") military government representatives laid wreaths in honor of the martyred independence hero. General Aung Sun was assassinated along with six cabinet ministers and two other officials on July 19th, 1947 -- five months before Burma gained independence from Britain (in January 1948).

Burma's military government has come under increasing international pressure to release Aung San Suu Kyi.

Meanwhile, Thailand has called on Burma's military government and the international community to agree to work toward reconciliation instead of further economic sanctions.

The Thai Foreign Minister called for talks bringing together the Burmese government, the opposition National League for Democracy and southeast Asian and western countries.

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