Myanmar students return to universities

Reuters June 16 2003; YANGON: Myanmar students are flocking back to universities after the ruling military allowed classes to restart, ending a two-week suspension amid fears of unrest following the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The universities closed as part of a broad crackdown on dissent after May 30 clashes between pro-government groups and Suu Kyi's supporters.
"Students are peacefully attending classes," an education ministry official told Reuters on Monday.
Universities have traditionally been centres of support for the pro-democracy movement and regarded with suspicion by authorities since a 1988 student-led uprising which was brutally crushed by the military.
Suu Kyi has been detained at undisclosed locations for more than two weeks, despite mounting calls from the international community for her release.
Dozens of exiled Myanmar dissidents demonstrated outside the Myanmar embassy in neighbouring Thailand on Monday, urging the international community to pressure the junta to release her.
Around 100 people stamped on signs bearing the names of the regime's leaders and carried placards with anti-junta slogans.
Myanmar Foreign Minister Win Aung, in Cambodia for a regional security meeting, said on Sunday that Suu Kyi would be released as soon as the situation in the country returned to normal, but gave no time limit.
A UN envoy allowed to visit her last week said the Nobel peace laureate - whose National League for Democracy party won 1990 elections but was denied power - had not been harmed in the May 30 clash north of the capital near Mandalay.
The junta says four people were killed in the violence and some 50 injured. Exiled dissidents say they believe dozens of Suu Kyi's followers were killed by club-wielding pro-government thugs and hundreds injured.

 

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