Thursday, 31 May 2007

CRPP warns military over crackdown on protests

DVB, 30 May 2007

Burma’s Committee Representing the People’s Parliament warned the military yesterday over recent crackdowns on peaceful public protests.

CRPP secretary U Aye Thar Aung told DVB that the opposition would hold the military government responsible for any violence against prayer campaigners or demonstrators.

"We would like to warn the [State Peace and Development Council] authorities that, if they are going to act like thugs and use violent methods against peaceful movements, the consequences will be their own responsibility," U Aye Thar Aung said.
In the past two months more than 60 activists and politicians have been abducted or arrested by unidentified people after attending prayer campaigns for the release of democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or public protests.

The military has denied any responsibility for the arrests, claiming they were the work of- the people'.
"The SPDC, which has said it is going to construct a democratic country, is using a lot of different methods to limit, prevent and stop political parties . . . such acts contradict what they have said," U Aye Thar Aung said.

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