Shutdown ends

22nd August 1997 at 01:00
BURMA The military dictatorship has allowed schools to re-open after a five-month shutdown. Schools and universities, believed to be the seat of dissent against the government, were prevented from opening after the annual break from March to May. The junta is believed to have found the timing "sensitive" because it marked the anniversary of student protests in 1988 and coincided with negotiations for entry into the Association of South East Asian Nations economic group.

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