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Myanmar Dissident’s Trip Blocked

July 25, 1998

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi remained in a standoff with the military Saturday morning, nearly 24 hours after police stopped the democracy campaigner’s car as she tried to travel outside Yangon.

Suu Kyi, an aide and two drivers spent the night inside her white sedan surrounded by barbed wire barricades, sand bags and a contingent of soldiers about 30 miles west of the capital.

This is the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner’s third attempt this month to travel outside Yangon to meet members of her political party, the National League for Democracy.

The military government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, has stopped her every time. It has said Suu Kyi is deliberately trying to destabilize the country with her actions, but denied she is under house arrest or other unlawful restrictions.

During an earlier attempt to travel freely outside the capital, more than 30 soldiers lifted the Nobel laureate’s white sedan with her inside it, and turned it around to face Yangon.

On the previous two trips on July 7 and 20, a compromise was reached where the military brought the party member Suu Kyi was attempting to meet to her car.

Suu Kyi’s intention this time was to travel to Bassein, 100 miles west of Yangon, to meet with members of her party.

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