06/15/2006, 00.00
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Black list with names of Burmese democracy's enemies on sale

In Yangon an underground report is sold on a floppy disc. It lists the names of 500 people deemed enemies of the country's pro-democracy movement. In addition to top members of the military junta, it includes foreign leaders from countries like China and India.

Yangon (AsiaNews) – An underground report titled the Enemies of the Burmese Revolution is quietly on sale in the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's capital. It lists the 'enemies' of the country's pro-democracy movement, including military leaders, high-ranking government officials and regime cronies, their families as well as some of the world's political leaders, this according to Thai daily Irrawaddy, which was able to talk to residents of the capital who bought the report.

Most likely compiled by dissidents in exile, the document can be bought on a floppy disc at a cost of 35 cents US. It includes the names of 500 'enemies' of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement.

Beside the names of the leaders of the military junta, those of family members are listed as well; people Ms Kyaing Kyaing, General Than Shwe's wife, also known as the "corrupted first lady".

Also on the list is tycoon Tay Za, known to be particularly close to Than Shwe, and described in the report as the "junta's main arms buyer".

The floppy disc also includes the names of world leaders considered friends of the regime like Chinese President Hu Jintao and Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as well as Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, who recently visited Myanmar to discuss business and military affairs with junta leaders.

Some Burmese and foreign scholars on the list are treated as "apologists" and "lobbyists" for the regime.

Zarni, a former founder of the Free Burma Coalition who is known to have negotiated with Myanmar military intelligence officers, is also on the list

The report even named Suu Kyi's elder brother, Aung San Oo, who lives in the US. He once filed a lawsuit against his sister for half ownership of the house where she is now under house arrest.  

The report ends with a quote from Burma's founding father Aung San: "Find the closet enemy and fight."

Calling themselves 'Burma Compatriots', the group of dissidents who compiled the list are believed to plan to keep updating the list.

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