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URGENT situation in Burma, 100's killed, Suu Kyi 'injured in violent protests'

The situation regarding the Friday night [30 May] attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage was far more serious than the State Peace and Development Council officially acknowledged. It is likely that hundreds of people died. A person who has carefully investigated the incident told Democratic Voice of Burma] that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself suffered a head injury and that scores of people appear to have died.
Below find the latest on the situation in Burma. It is much much worse than originally thought. Today Senator McConnell and Congressman Lantos introduced major legislation on Burma.

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Excerpts from Democratic Voice of Burma, June 4, 2003

1. According to the sources closed to the military, Northwestern military command informed to the department of prisons that 32 criminal prisoners, who were taken by the northwestern military command on May 25 for military operation, died during their assignment. DVB assumed that these criminal prisoners were used to attack Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage on May 30, 2003 with the promise of cash rewards and freedom, by the military. DVB also assumed that they were killed by the military to cover up the whole incident.

2. Thein Oo and Soe Win, both are officer in-charge of the NLD headquarter, were arrested yesterday night, by the military.

3. NLD's Moe Goat township committee members were arrested yesterday.

4. U Saw Khin, MP elect from Myin Gyan township and who accompanied with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was seriously injured during the attack. He is in Mon Ywar hospital, but not allowed to meet with anyone.

5. U Tin Aung, MP elect from North-Western Mandalay and who accompanied with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was assumed to be dead. His family conducted the funeral yesterday.

6. The regime continues to arrest members of the NLD nationwide. Many people are in hiding.


Suu Kyi 'injured in violent protests'
Excerpt from report by Democratic Voice of Burma,on June 2, 2003
Members of the National League for Democracy [NLD] inside the country and opposition groups abroad said today that the situation regarding the Friday night [30 May] attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage was far more serious than the SPDC [State Peace and Development Council] officially acknowledged and that it is likely that hundreds of people died. A person who has carefully investigated the incident told DVB [Democratic Voice of Burma] that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself suffered a head injury and that scores of people appear to have died. Following is what this source said:

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her entourage left Monywa for Budalin in a convoy of 10 cars at about noon last Friday [30 May]. The convoy included one car from Budalin, one car from Sagaing, six cars from Mandalay, and two from the NLD Headquarters in Rangoon and the entourage included over 100 NLD members. The monks from Monywa, who were unable to rent a car to join Daw Aung Suu Kyi, left in a car from Budalin. A number of people from Monywa joined the convoy on their motorcycles. The convoy reached Budalin about 1230 and during a three-hour stop in Budalin, a signboard of Budalin NLD office was installed, a youth group was formed and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech. At about 1500 some NLM members and monks from Monywa who sent off Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Monywa. On their way back to Monywa, they were blocked and brutally beaten up at Zeedaw and Alon Tagar villages by the authorities and Kyant Phut [vernacular acronym for Union Solidarity and Development Association] members, killing a monk and a student. A number of people were also injured. When the corpse of the dead student was carried back to Monywa, members of security units blocked and beat up the people and snatched back the corpse.

When Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who was still in Budalin, heard about the incident, she requested U Tun Myaing, secretary of Sagaing Division and U Aung San, chairman of Budalin NLD, to go to Monywa to inquire into the incident. However, the two have not returned and they remained missing as of today. When they did not return, six youth members from Monywa decided not return to Monywa and proceeded to Tabayin with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party left Budalin for Ye-u at about 1700. When they reached Saing Pyin village, 15 miles from Budalin, they came across a group of monks wearing red and white armbands. They had drawn up a line on the road to block Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's convoy of cars and motorcycles. They then proceeded to brutally beat up the people inside the cars. Armed units stationed behind the monks opened fire and punctured the tires of the cars carrying U Tin U and the chairman of Sagaing Division NLD. The beating was so severe that many NLD members died. U Tin U's car veered into a ditch and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received a serious head injury.

This incident was not planned by the Kyant Phut members, but was methodically plotted in advance by the authorities. Those wearing monks robes who beat up Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD members were convicts from Mandalay Jail. Their heads were shaven in advance at No 1 High School in Monywa even before Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reached Monywa. The convicts were promised complete commutation of their jail sentence with a cash award of Kyat 300,000 each after carrying out the plot. The persons who beat up Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party acted in a frenzy as if they were on drugs.The authorities provided construction materials for Saing Pyin village recently [as an act of favour].

That is the account given by a person who closely investigated the violent act committed against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD members last Friday. He went on to say that 68 bodies had been brought to the Northwest Military Command Headquarters in Monywa and that the bodies were cremated on Saturday. Meanwhile, Section 144 [of the Penal Code banning unlawful assembly] has been imposed in Monywa from Sunday. SPDC Secretary-2 Lt Gen Soe Win was in Monywa throughout the entire incident and was reported to have flown back to Rangoon in a helicopter on Sunday. DVB tried to contact Monywa to inquire about the incident and the situation in Monywa, but the phone lines remain cut off. Over 200 NLD members were detained during the incident. The monk killed was the Venerable U Panna Thiri of Okkan Tawya Monsastery of Monywa.

According to the Irrawaddy magazine based in Thailand, about 150 NLD members accompanied Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and almost all of them are still missing. Among them are Daw Win Mya Mya, a female NLD member and Ko Myo Naing, an NLD youth member.

NLD offices throughout the country were sealed last Saturday and Sunday and the NLD flags were pulled down. There have been no arrests and office documents have not been confiscated.

According to military sources, security duties have been assigned to the 101st Division in Rangoon, the 11th Division in Pegu, and the 55th Division in Mandalay. Meanwhile, battalions have been assigned to bring back home military dependents staying at university dormitories and private dormitories.

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma, Oslo, in Burmese 1430 gmt 2 Jun 03

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June 5 2003, Sydney Morning Herald

Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi sustained head and shoulder njuries last week in clashes between her supporters and a junta-backed group that are feared to have left dozens dead. "She was hurt by shards of glass on her face and shoulder," a source close to the stalled national reconciliation dialogue told AFP yesterday, citing witnesses at the violent protests in northern Burma last Friday.

Ms Suu Kyi was being held at a military camp 40 kilometres north of the capital, Rangoon, he said. The source said the extent of her injuries, sustained when protesters smashed the windscreen of her car, were not known but he believed they were not life-threatening as "otherwise she wouldn't be held in the camp".

Burma's military junta has denied that Ms Suu Kyi was hurt and said that only four people died in the clashes, but the source said the toll was much higher.

"The toll given by the junta is totally below reality and is probably much closer to the 70 to 80 dead figure which has been circulating," he said.

There were also grave fears for the safety of National League for Democracy (NLD) vice-chairman Tin Oo, who had been travelling in Ms Suu Kyi's entourage during the political tour.

"We have very good reasons to be very worried. We have absolutely no news of Tin Oo. We don't know if he's dead or alive," the source said.

Other members of the pro-democracy campaigner's entourage detained after the clash are believed to be held at the notorious Insein jail on the outskirts of Rangoon.

The source said the junta, which has rolled out a wide-ranging crackdown in the wake of the protests, was attempting to "play for time" by claiming Ms Suu Kyi was safe and well. The entire NLD leadership, apart from Mr Oo, is under house arrest in Rangoon in an attempt to prevent details of the protest from leaking out.

"This information came from direct eyewitnesses. If people don't want the truth to be known, any eyewitness is in danger," the source said.

The UN envoy to Burma, Razali Ismail, who is due to arrive in Rangoon on Friday on a mission to revive the reconciliation process, is attempting to determine the situation in the country and may not go ahead with his trip, he added.

"He will wait until the last minute before he takes his decision."

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Urgent release

Date - June 3, 2003

We, at AAPP can confirm the following political activists were arrested after the junta cracked down on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's entourage during her trip to Upper Burma. We have received inside reports that hundreds more political activists and pro-democracy supporters have been arrested.

Several died during the physical attack against the entourage. We are seriously concerned about the conditions for the detainees who were injured during the assault, due to reports that they are being denied the necessary medical care.

(1) Name: Thet Tun
Father's name: U Tin Tun
Age: 30
Address: South Okkalapa Township, Rangoon
Occupation: In charge of NLD youth regional division

(2) Name: Pho Thaw
Father's name: U Kyi Thein
Age: 32
Address: Sanchaung Township, Rangoon
Occupation: NLD youth member

(3) Name: Thi Ha
Father's name: U Khin Maung Shwe
Age: 29
Address: Mandalay division
Occupation: NLD youth member

(4) Name: Myo Zaw Aung
Father's name: U Pan Kyaing
Age: 23
Address: Kawlin
Occupation: NLD youth member

(5) Name: Tun Zaw Zaw
Father's name: U San Hla
Age: 31
Address: Bahan, Rangoon
Occupation: In charge organizing NLD youth regional division

(6) Name: Myint Kyaw
Father's name: U Aung Than
Age: 37
Address: Tamwe, Rangoon
Occupation: In charge of NLD youth regional division

(7)Name: Min Lwin
Father's name: U Kyi
Age: 34
Address: Mandalay Division
Occupation: In charge of NLD youth (Mandalay)

(8) Name: Toe Lwin
Father's name: U San Aye
Age: 32
Address: Kamayut Township, Rangoon
Occupation: NLD youth member

(9) Name: Than Tun
Father's name: U Thein
Age: 47
Address: Mandalay Division
Occupation: NLD youth member

(10) Name: Tun Myint
Father's name: U Tin Tun
Age: 36
Address: Bahan Township, Rangoon
Occupation: secretary of Bahan Township NLD

(11)Name: Zaw Win Tun
Father's name: -------
Age: 27
Address: Mandalay Division
Occupation: NLD youth member

(12) Name: Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo
Father's name: U Kyi Thein
Age: 32
Address: Mandalay Division
Occupation: In charge of NLD youth regional division

The above mentioned activists are currently in Khanti prison, which is located in Northern Burma. . The junta has sent a total of13 activists to Khanti prison, but we have only managed to receive the names of 12 of these activists.

During the clash, many political activists disappeared but only 5 names can be confirmed. They are U Tin Oo (Male), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (Female), Daw Win Mya Mya (Female), Myo Naing, (Male) also of Mandalay and Myint Wai (Male) from Yenan Chaung township.

It has been confirmed that the following are under house arrest:

(1) U Aung Shwe (Chair-person of NLD)
(2) U Lwin
(3) U Than Tun
(4) U Nyut Wai
(5) U Lun Tin
(6) U Hla Pe
(7) U Soe Myint

According to the inside sources, Min Zaw Oo of the Government Technology College and U Pyinnyar Thiri, an abbot, were killed in Depaeyin township on June 1st during the riot. Dozens more activists are believed to have been killed during the crackdown. We are currently trying to trace their names.

AAPP
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)
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