Bomb accusations 'to discredit' opposition groups

May 26, 2009 (DVB), Government accusations that a bomb found on a train heading towards Burma's capital is the work of opposition groups was an attempt to weaken anti-government movements, said a member of the accused group.

On Sunday the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported that a bomb had been found on train destined for the remote jungle capital, Naypyidaw.

Information was found, it said, which pointed towards student-group All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) as likely being responsible.

"ABSDF, is now plotting to commit subversive acts such as attaching anti-government posters to the walls of buildings, and planting mines with the intention that they will explode if the posters are taken off," it said.

The ABSDF is part of coalition group Forum for Democracy in Burma (FDB), whom the article stated had been "organizing members of antigovernment groups for explosive courses and anti-government courses".

FDB general secretary Naing Aung said the accusations were part of government plans to discredit opposition groups prior to the 2010 elections.

"[It is] also to prevent the public, who have awoken politically due to current situation with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, from going further up to anti-government movements," he said.

"The government is creating a lot of political confusion for the people, such as attempting to disarm ceasefire groups, putting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in trial and declaring groups like the Burma Lawyers' Council illegal."

Reporting by Aye Nai

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