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Burma Opposition Observes 17th Anniversary


Burma's opposition National League for Democracy party is marking its 17th anniversary with another call for the release of its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

About 300 party supporters, along with foreign diplomats, UN officials, representatives of other political parties and the media attended a low-key ceremon Tuesday, at party headquarters in Rangoon.

During the ceremony, NLD members read a statement calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, party vice chairman Tin Oo and all other political prisoners.

The NLD was founded in 1988 after widespread pro-democracy demonstrations were violently suppressed by the military. The military government held a general election in 1990, but refused to hand over power after a landslide victory by the NLD.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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