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Burmese Pro-Democracy Opposition Launches Petition Drive - 2004-07-30


Burma's pro-democracy opposition has launched a nationwide petition drive demanding the release of its leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

A National League for Democracy spokesman has confirmed the petition is being circulated this week.

The effort comes as Burma's prime minister, General Khin Nyunt, is expected to meet with his Thai counterpart, Thaksin Shinawatra, on the sidelines of a regional summit in Bangkok. The two sides are expected to discuss encouraging Burma's military government to embrace democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate, has been under house arrest since May 2003 after a clash between her supporters and a pro-government mob.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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