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Phone service cut off at party’s headquarters

September 14, 2007


— The telephone line has been cut at the headquarters of Myanmar's top opposition party, the National League for Democracy, a party spokesman said Thursday.

The action, taken Wednesday, presumably at the behest of the military government, came as the junta has been facing the most sustained protests in a decade against its rule.

Members of the party, led by detained Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have been active in the recent demonstrations.

The protests, triggered by a junta-ordered sharp increase in fuel prices, have continued since Aug. 19 despite the detention of more than 100 demonstrators and rough treatment of other participants.

The National League for Democracy is to hold its annual ceremony commemorating its founding on Sept. 27, but the current crackdown raises questions about whether it will be allowed to go ahead.


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