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Burmese Activists Mark Aung San Suu Kyi's House Arrest Anniversary - 2004-05-30


Burma's pro-democracy activists are marking the one-year anniversary of the house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The ruling military detained the 58-year-old Nobel peace laureate on May 30th of last year, after a pro-government mob attacked her convoy, as she was touring northern Burma.

Her deputy, Tin Oo, also remains under house arrest.

There was no formal event today (Sunday) at her National League for Democracy headquarters in Rangoon, but some of Aung San Suu Kyi's followers gathered for prayers and made offerings to monks at religious ceremonies.

The Associated Press reported that small groups of youths handed out leaflets containing the text of a UN human rights declaration in at least two areas in the capital. The news agency said at least two young men were taken away by security officials.

Public protests are extremely rare in Burma and are usually quashed within minutes.

On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a statement urging the Burma's ruling military to undertake a substantive dialogue with the democratic opposition and ethnic groups.

The call came as the government went ahead with a national convention that began two weeks ago to draft a new constitution, without input from the opposition.

The military insists the convention is part of a process that will bring democracy to Burma, but Western governments and international human rights groups have condemned the government-sponsored meeting as a sham.

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

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