[IWAR] Myanmar/Burma mass arrests

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Date: Sun Mar 01 1998 - 09:41:29 PST

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    Myanmar military arrests 40 for sabotage plot
     YANGON (Reuters) -- Myanmar's (Burma) military junta said on
     Sunday that it had arrested 40 people on suspicion of being involved
     in a conspiracy to sabotage the country.
     A ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) spokesman
     told a news conference that the investigation since their arrest in
     January revealed that those detained had links with the opposition
     National League of Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung San Suu
     Those arrested had planned to launch bomb attacks on some
     Association of South East Asian Nations' (ASEAN) embassies and
     public places in the country and to assassinate ruling military leaders.
     ``It has been found that those arrested were associated one way or
     another with the NLD which claimed to be a legal entity. It is obvious
     that the NLD maintains contacts with illegal political parties,'' said
     Colonel Kyaw Thein, defense ministry spokesman.
     ``The ABSDF (All Burma Student's Democratic Front) armed group
     was in search of opportunity to commit terrorist acts in the country,''
     he added. ``They were not only planning destructive acts but also
     instigating public unrest in cooperation with the BCP's (Burmese
     Communist Party) underground agents.''
     The ABSDF is a Myanmar opposition group. 
     The spokesman said further investigation was under way to determine
     whether any others were involved in the conspiracy and that they
     would be brought to trial later.
     The spokesman added that the alleged perpetrators had infiltrated
     student groups and Buddhist monks.
     The ruling SPDC and the opposition NLD have been involved in a
     political standoff, with the opposition claiming that the military is
     abusing human rights and curbing the activities of legitimate political
     The military seized power in 1988 after brutally suppressing
     pro-democracy groups in the streets of Yangon. It then threw out the
      results of a 1991 election won by the NLD.

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