RANGOON, Burma (AP) - Authorities recently arrested 14 people who distributed pamphlets
opposing a constitutional convention organized by the country's military junta, the
state radio said.
Those arrested included the group's leader, retired school teacher Shwe Htoo, 49,
who had taken an active role in anti-military demonstrations in 1988 and later joined
rebels along the Burmese-Thai border, said the Jan. 29 night broadcast.
It said the group mailed the pamphlets to universities, factories and government
offices in Rangoon and Mandalay and also distributed leaflets in public places.The
broadcast warned that organizations or persons that try to disrupt peace and tranquility
in the state will be exposed and effective action will be taken against them."
The junta seized power in 1988, when soldiers slaughtered pro-democracy demonstrators.
In 1990, pro-democracy parties won a landslide electoral victory but the junta refused
to let them govern and said it would not yield power to a civilian government until
a new constitution was drafted.