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Amnesty Cites Violations In Burma With AM-Burma

August 24, 1988

GENEVA (AP) _ Troops in Burma killed up to 3,000 demonstrators during a wave of protests two weeks ago and authorities have failed to take measures to prevent ″further unlawful killings,″ Amnesty International charged Tuesday.

Citing reliable reports, the human rights organizaton said Burmese soldiers acting under a state of emergency killed 1,000 to 3,000 demonstrators, mostly unarmed and peaceful, in violence this month.

Amnesty representative Ingrid Kircher told a U.N. human rights panel that the soldiers appeared to use ″unreasonable and unnecessary″ force against protesters and violated U.N. guidelines for the conduct of law enforcement personnel.

″The emergency remains in effect, and there are no clear indications of government action to prevent further unlawful killings should demonstrations resume,″ she said in a statement to the U.N. Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.

Soldiers repeatedly fired into unarmed peaceful crowds and at protesters who turned violent when the student-led unrest peaked in the second week of August, Amnesty said.

The organization said the Burmese government admits 112 demonstrators were killed but publicly denies wrongdoing by security forces.

Burma has been in turmoil since September when students rioted over the voiding of 60 percent of the currency.

Bloody rioting, increasingly focused on political demands, occurred in March and June and, after a lull, resumed in late July after hardliner Sein Lwin took over the country’s ruling party on July 26. Sein Lwin resigned Aug. 12 and was replaced by Maung Maung took power Friday.

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