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    Bombers hit pro-government group in Burma

    Bombers hit pro-government group in Burma

    Rangoon (dpa) - In a rare show of defiance, a bomb was detonated Tuesday at an office of the pro-government Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), witnesses and security personnel said.

    The explosion, which occurred at 6:30 am (7am Thailand time) at the USDA's Shwe Pyi Tha office in Rangoon, destroyed some tables but caused no casualties.

    The USDA, which boasts millions of members, is expected to be transformed into a proxy political party for the military to contest a general election scheduled in 2010.

    Acts of violence against the USDA are rare in Burma, which has been under military rule since 1962.

    Growing frustration with the junta's rule flared up in September, last year, when tens-of-thousands of Burmese took to the streets of Rangoon to protest the country's worsening economic plight and lack of democratic progress.

    The army brutally cracked down on the monk-led demonstrations, killing at least 31 people and leaving dozens missing.

    The regime's callous handling of relief efforts for victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma's central coast on May 2-3 leaving up to 139,000 dead or missing, has added to the discontent, sources said.

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    Re: Bombers hit pro-government group in Burma

    I wouldn't be too quick to conclude that the bomb was an act of anti-government defiance. It might also be the work of the government for the purpose of justifying another round of clampdowns and intimidation, all in the name of restoring and maintaining order.
    The opposition forces in Burma have shown a very strong commitment to non-violence, unlike the government.

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