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Burmese Dissident Visits Buffalo

10:31 AM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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Htay Kywe, a noted Burmese pro-democracy activist

BUFFALO, NY - A group of people in Buffalo gathered at the Ujima Company Theater on Sunday to hear from Htay Kywe, a noted Burmese pro-democracy activist. He is touring the United States as a guest of the State Department to discuss the current political situation in his homeland.

Htay Kywe was a prominent leader in the 1988 uprising against Burma's totalitarian regime. For a while he was known as "Burma's Most Wanted Man." In 2008 he was jailed for his role in anti-government demonstrations, but was released from prison in 2012.

A spokesman for the group that brought Htay Kywe to Buffalo spoke to 2 On Your Side Sunday morning. He said Buffalo is home to many political refugees from Burma. The Burmese community in Buffalo is about 10,000 strong.

In the meantime, many in that Buffalo community are watching what's going on in their Southeast Asian homeland of Burma, also known as Myanmar. The top U.N. envoy to Burma toured a city in the central part of the country recently hit by violence between Buddhists and Muslims. Nearly 10,000 people have been driven from their homes and villages have been destroyed during the unrest.

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