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Myanmar Calm Amid Dismay Over Trial

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YANGON, Myanmar-As the trial of famed dissident Aung San Suu Kyi continues in this crumbling, monsoon-soaked city, residents are privately expressing anger and dismay over the proceedings. But they are giving little indication they intend to challenge--


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Dee C (23)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 1:30 am
""I don't want to talk about" the trial, says Khin Aung, who makes $26 a month guarding a religious shrine along a quiet street in this predominantly Buddhist city. Like many, he is afraid of openly challenging the military junta, which has ruled Myanmar -- and silenced most opposition -- since the 1960s. "I am no one. I am not in a position to do anything to change the state of the country," he says.

Dissidents and advocacy groups accuse the military regime of an array of human-rights violations, including the use of forced labor and imprisonment of 2,000 or more opposition leaders, including Ms. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate whose political organization won Myanmar's last election in 1990. The regime has kept Ms. Suu Kyi, 63 years old, under house arrest for 13 of the past 19 years, including the last six.

The current trial, in which Ms. Suu Kyi is accused of violating her house arrest by allowing an American well-wisher to swim to her lakeside home, has drawn rebukes from Western governments and parts of Asia. It is viewed as a ploy by the government to extend its imprisonment of Ms. Suu Kyi until after a national election is held sometime next year.

In a statement, President Barack Obama condemned Ms. Suu Kyi's house arrest and detention. He called for her immediate and unconditional release as a sign of respect for its laws and its people. Ms. Suu Kyi's "continued detention, isolation, and show trial based on spurious charges cast serious doubt on the [Myanmar] regime's willingness to be a responsible member of the international community," he said.

Ms. Suu Kyi, who pleaded innocent Friday, told a court Tuesday that she didn't think she was breaking the terms of her house arrest when she gave what she described as "temporary shelter" to Missouri resident John Yettaw, 53 years old, who swam to her lakeside house on May 4.

Asked if she had reported the presence of Mr. Yettaw to the authorities, Ms. Suu Kyi said, "No, I did not," according to an Associated Press reporter. She said he left around midnight on May 5 and was arrested swimming back across the lake.

Ms. Suu Kyi earlier told her lawyers that she didn't report Mr. Yettaw's uninvited visit because she didn't want him or security personnel in charge of her house to get into trouble. She also told her lawyers that the security forces should be held responsible for letting Mr. Yettaw in, the AP reported."

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Marty H (119)
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 4:15 am
Thanks Dee and noted! Very sad to be penned up for so long! For doing nothing wrong either!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 5:06 pm
Thank you! Noted!

Dee C (23)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 5:18 pm
It is indeed heartbreaking for her Marty..Thank you..

Karen S (106)
Thursday May 28, 2009, 6:04 pm
Noted.....thanx. When you read news like this, you are grateful to live in a country with the freedoms we enjoy.
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