October 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Police Keep Followers From Leader’s House

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Police blocked roads leading to the house of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday, preventing her followers from gathering there for the third straight weekend.

Since being released from house arrest last year, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has delivered speeches at her lakeside home on Saturdays and Sundays.

On Sept. 27, police began an 12-day blockade near her home, accusing Suu Kyi of organizing an event to provoke civil unrest.

The government arrested 573 of her supporters; it says they have been released. Suu Kyi’s followers say more than 800 people were detained.

Police lifted the blockade on Tuesday, but reinstalled it about midnight Friday and posted “No Entry” signs.

Small groups of people gathered in the area Saturday, but there were no attempts to cross the police line and no arrests were reported.

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