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Authorities Arrest 30 Members of Opposition Party

April 25, 1989

RANGOON, Burma (AP) _ Authorities have arrested 30 leading opposition party members for anti- government activities, sources said Tuesday.

Those arrested, mostly students and youth activists, belonged to the National League For Democracy, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

They were arrested after chanting anti-government slogans and staging anti- government plays during the Burmese new year festivities that ended April 17, the sources said. They did not say when the arrests were made.

Schools are to reopen in June after being closed for a year following student unrest for democracy. In September, the armed forces commander, Gen. Saw Maung, took power in a coup and his troops killed hundreds of people demonstrating for democracy.

After the schools were closed in June 1988, many students joined one of the dozen minority groups such as the mainly Christian Karen guerrillas, who seek greater autonomy from the Buddhist central government.

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