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NLD says it will provide security for Suu Kyi's Pegu trip


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The  National League for Democracy (NLD), following a meeting with the Burmese government, said on Monday that it will provide security for Aung San Suu Kyi’s upcoming one-day trip to Pegu (Bago), central executive committee member Nyan Win said on Monday.

This file photograph shows Suu Kyi in Popa near Bagan accompanied by scores of journalists who trailed her every move throughout the trip. Her one-day visit to Pegu would be her second trip outside of Rangoon since she was released from house arrest in 2010. Photo: MizzimaSuu Kyi will leave Rangoon on August 14 to attend the opening ceremony for two libraries named in her honor. 

After a meeting with government authorities, the NLD announced it would take responsibility for security during the trip, according to Nyan Win.
 
"We asked them [the authorities] about security. They discussed cooperating, but we will shoulder the responsibility to provide security. But, we can negotiate with them for some things,” Nyan Win said.
 
He declined to provide more details. Suu Kyi will leave Rangoon at around 6 a.m. on August 14 and return to Rangoon in the evening.
 
In July, Pegu Region NLD canvassing committee chairman Myat Hla told Mizzima that young NLD members in Pegu Region would provide security during the trip.  

Suu Kyi will travel to Pegu to attend the opening ceremony of two libraries named “Aung San Jar Moon” on Pan Hlaing 23rd Street in Pegu and a second library on Thanatpin Road. Each library has more than 4,000 books. The words “jar moon” means golden pollen in the Jing Phaw language.

Since NLD General-Secretary Suu Kyi was released from house arrest on November 13, 2010, she visited the ancient temple complex of Bagan on her first trip outside of Rangoon.

The trip to Pegu will be her second trip outside the former capital since her release.
 
To mark the 23rd anniversary of the ‘8888’ pro-democracy uprising, on Monday morning Suu Kyi attended a robe donation ceremony at Sadu Monastery in Kyimyindaing Township in Rangoon.

After signing the monastery guestbook, she wrote: “I want everyone to think about the causes and reasons, and why we cannot forget [the 8888 uprising].”

The nationwide pro-democracy protest against former dictator Ne Win’s Burma Socialist Programme Party started on August 8, 1988. The protest eventually ousted three consecutive governments, but the army launched a bloody military coup, killing at least 3,000 people.
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 August 2011 23:40 )  

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