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Military Regime’s Puppet Government Warns Suu Kyi

YANGON: According to AFP’s latest reports disclose that Myanmar’s state media on Thursday warned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi not to “go on playing political games”, a day after the government told her to stay out of politics.

Suu Kyi has no intention of cancelling her first planned tour since being freed, she said Wednesday, after the regime warned it could spark riots and chaos and wrote to her to state that her party’s activities had broken the law.

“If they go on playing political games, disregarding the constitution and the government that have been internationally recognised, they cannot hope (for) any fruitful results,” said the English-language New Light of Myanmar.

“But what they are resorting to will have adverse effects on the interests of the people.”

The democracy icon was freed in November after seven straight years of house arrest, less than a week after an election in Myanmar that left her sidelined and which critics said was a sham aimed at cloaking ongoing military rule.

Her party, which won a landslide election victory in 1990 that was never recognised by the junta, was disbanded by the military rulers last year because it boycotted the election, the first in 20 years, saying the rules were unfair.

No schedule has been announced for 66-year-old Suu Kyi’s trip around Myanmar, which would be a test both of her popularity and of her ability to travel around the country unhindered by authorities.

Thursday’s newspaper comment also referred to a BBC lecture by Suu Kyi broadcast earlier this week, in which she said the recent uprisings in the Middle East had given fresh hope to people in her country.

The newspaper said that just after her release last year, “Aunty Suu” was seen to be acting “in a gentle way for national unity”, focusing more on social welfare than confronting the government.

Expressing “concern” for Suu Kyi’s safety and security, Washington on Wednesday urged Myanmar to respect the Nobel laureate’s freedom to travel and engage in political activities.


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