Sunday, August 8, 1999 Published at 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Protests mark Burmese crackdown anniversary
Students are demanding the military junta relinquish power
Exiled Burmese students in the Thai capital, Bangkok, have held a demonstration outside the Burmese embassy to mark the 11th anniversary of the military's brutal suppression of the pro-democracy uprising in Burma.
They also criticised the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) for its policy of "constructive engagement" with the military government in Burma.
A statement said human rights violations were worse than ever despite the policy.
"It proves that the Asean policy is wrong and has lost touch with the Burmese people's real needs," it said.
Correspondents say no extra security measures appear to have been taken by the authorities.
On the eve of the anniversary, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for national reconciliation, saying soldiers need not fear retribution from a civilian government.
She said the army and the Burmese people should "work hand in hand to achieve democracy, where the people govern the country."
Human rights groups say as many as 3,000 protesters were killed when the military moved to crush pro-democracy demonstrations on 8 August 1988.
Elections were held two years later but the junta refused to relinquish power to the National League for Democracy which won an overwhelming majority of the vote.
On Thursday Burmese activists disclosed details of a plan to cause civil unrest on 9 September, or 9/9/99, a date which is believed to be significant.
Monks and students say they are planning acts of disobedience to encourage a "revolution."