BURMA JUNTA SLAMMED FOR NEO-NAZI POLICIES


2004-04-27
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A group of British MPs has denounced Burma's military rulers for carrying out ruthless and systematic "neo-Nazi policies" including the use of torture and rape against its own people, RFA's Burmese service reports.

"For far too long the wanton savagery of the military regime in Burma has received all too little public attention," Conservative Party spokesman on international development John Bercow told a news conference shortly after returning from a trip to the Thai-Burma border.

"The testimonies we received suggest that these atrocities against innocent citizens continue on a daily basis," said Bercow.

Bercow said he had spoken to victims of torture whose experiences led him to believe that "there are neo-Nazi policies that are being calculatedly pursued" against Myanmar's own citizens.

Baroness Caroline Cox, president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, was also on the trip. She told reporters: "The much-vaunted roadmap to democracy must be seen as a hypocritical propaganda exercise which should be treated by the international community with the contempt it deserves."

Meanwhile, eight leaders of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) were allowed to visit opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her Rangoon home Tuesday, where she is under house arrest.

The meeting was the first of the party's central committee since Aung San Suu Kyi�s arrest May 30 during an ambush of her motorcade by government-led gangs near Depayin township in the north of the country.

According to eyewitness testimonies recorded for RFA�s Burmese service, as many as 100 people died and an unknown number of women were raped during the violence, which was planned and orchestrated by the junta.

The current group of generals in Burma has been in power since 1988 although the military has been in charge of the country since 1962. The junta called elections in 1990 but refused to step down when the NLD won.

More than 1,000 delegates from various walks of life and ethnic groups have been invited to a May 17 convention which the government claims will promote its "road map to democracy". The NLD walked out of a previous National Convention in November 1995, saying it was undemocratic. #####

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