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Burmese Opposition Leader Turns 59 Under House Arrest - 2004-06-18


Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will mark her 59th birthday Saturday under house arrest, with no immediate prospects for release.

Members of her National League for Democracy plan to gather at party headquarters in Rangoon to mark the birthday. But she will not be free to join them.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since a clash in May of 2003 between her supporters and a pro-government crowd. Dissidents say as many as 100 people were killed.

Hopes that she would soon be released sprang up in April, ahead of a national convention the military government called a move toward democracy. But she was not freed, and her party refused to participate in the convention.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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