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Press Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
May 11, 2000

Burma: Election Anniversary and Harassment of Opposition

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Burma's 1990 elections, which the democratic opposition, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), won by an overwhelming majority. We deeply deplore the fact that Burma's military regime refuses to follow through on the results of those free and fair elections and has thwarted all attempts to convene a parliament and form a democratic government. We further regret that the regime has chosen to commemorate the anniversary with yet another wave of mass arrests of democratic opposition party members. We reject the regime's latest gambit of associating the National League for Democracy with terrorist plots and view these arrests as a further act of repression against Burmese people engaged in the peaceful expression of their political beliefs. Charges that the National League for Democracy is linked to alleged terrorist groups are a malicious fabrication. This political party has demonstrated for more than a decade that it seeks non-violent political change in Burma.

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