January 8, 1989 |
Burmese and Thai officials have disputed a State Department report that as many as 50 Burmese students may have died in police custody. "Rumors about arrests and deaths of students in government custody . . . are absolutely unfounded and malicious," Kyaw Sann, a Burmese government spokesman, told reporters in Rangoon on Friday, commenting on a Voice of America account of the State Department charge.
January 6, 1989 |
The United States said Thursday that it has "credible reports" that Burmese students arrested after rebelling against their country's military government died in the custody of authorities. According to recent reports from Rangoon, Burmese students who fled to the countryside when the military crushed their rebellion are being rounded up by the police and army when they return to the capital. Some of the students' families have been told that their loved ones died while in custody.
December 4, 1988 |
A force of about 400 Kachin rebels captured a police station and attacked an army regimental headquarters in northern Burma in a series of clashes that left at least 13 people dead and four missing, official Rangoon Radio said. The broadcast, monitored in Bangkok on Friday night, said the fighting began Nov. 27 when two battalions of the Kachin Independence Army launched attacks on the army headquarters and police station in Mohnyin, in Kachin state about 550 miles north of Rangoon.
November 26, 1988 |
U.S. Congressman-elect Dana Rohrabacher returned Friday from a controversial tour of Burma and Afghanistan and said he hopes that the trip "will serve me well in Congress." Rohrabacher, a Republican elected earlier this month to represent Long Beach and west Orange County, has said he wants to be appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He said he will meet with officials from the National Security Council and State Department next week to brief them on the two-week trip.
November 20, 1988
Congressman-elect Dana Rohrabacher's apparently illegal entry into strife-torn Burma last week was part of an unofficial fact-finding trip designed to encourage "freedom fighters around the world," a former aide said. "He is acting as a private citizen and this is not being paid for at taxpayer expense," said Bob Rule, Rohrabacher's former press spokesman. Press reports indicate that Rohrabacher crossed from Thailand into Burma last Tuesday and promised anti-government students he would seek U.
November 16, 1988 |
California Congressman-elect Dana Rohrabacher illegally entered Burma on Tuesday and promised more than 800 anti-government Burmese students receiving military training that he would seek U.S. support for their struggle for democracy. "I admire you. I admire your courage, and I admire your goals for your country," Rohrabacher said while standing in an open field near the Thai-Burmese border, which he had crossed without permission.