Friday, September 18, 1998 Published at 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Burma: 10 years under the gun
Aung San Suu Kyi: The leader of the democratic movement
The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, which is based in Thailand, said members of the opposition were being targeted as well as ethnic minorities, whose women are often raped.
The military government is widely condemned for its serious human-rights abuses, but over the last 10 years it has shown few signs of introducing greater democracy.
The army has dominated politics in Burma since its independence in the 1940s.
But the military annulled the results and Burma's leaders have consistently refused to negotiate with any members of the opposition.
Correspondents say the NLD is risking arrest because the military government has declared illegal any attempt to convene the parliament.
'The army... shoots straight'
Burma's pro-democracy movement exploded onto the streets in the summer of 1988 when protesters called a nation-wide strike to demand political change.
Popular anger at the autocratic rule of General Ne Win had finally boiled over after 26 years.
On 18 September 1988, the army made its move. Soldiers sprayed automatic rifle fire into crowds of protestors.
Other demonstrators were carried away in trucks and never seen again.
Human rights groups say more than 3,000 people were killed.
Ten years later, the army is still in power but the economy has taken a dive.
Visitors to Burma say the resentment is palpable.
But the army says the people see them as a benevolent force.
Military spokesman Hla Min says that "for the man on the street in Myanmar [Burma] they think that it's good, they have extra security on the streets for them."
Growing international pressure
The opposition leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has mounted a series of challenges to the junta.
Members of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) which Burma joined last year, have criticised the arrest and harassment of opposition members.
Experts in Burmese politics say a simmering rivalry between the powerful military intelligence wing and the rest of the army over how to deal with the opposition has deepened in the past year.
If that is true, they say, it could provide the opportunity Burma's democratic opposition has been waiting so long for.