Monday, May 25, 2009

Burma: Protesters march to Thai-Burmese border to protest trial of Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese activists have held protests in Thailand as lawyers for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's prepare to begin their defense in Rangoon.

Protesters marched to the Thai-Burmese border Sunday and called for the international community to press for Aung San Suu Kyi's release.

One of the protesters - Myo Naing of the Burmese Association of Thailand - complained that Russia and China have blocked new United Nations sanctions on Burma.

Also Sunday, Burma condemned Thailand for allegedly interfering in its internal affairs by criticizing the trial.

Thailand holds the rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which said last week that Aung San Suu Kyi's trial threatens the Burmese government's "honor and credibility."

Burma is also an ASEAN member.

Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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