U.S. diplomats and leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party have accused Myanmar's military government of lying when it said it provided the Nobel laureate with water and food during her six-day roadside standoff.
"They willfully withheld food and water from her to endanger her health," a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Yangon said Friday on condition of anonymity. "The Burmese authorities lied to the international community, they lied to the diplomatic community." Myanmar is also known as Burma.After a six-day stalemate 20 miles west of the capital, the military government ordered police Wednesday to restrain Suu Kyi, take the wheel of her car and drive her to Yangon against her will.
Friday, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner again tried to drive to Bassein to meet members of her political party but was blocked - as she has been on each of her four attempts this month.
Suu Kyi refused to return to Yangon Friday, and the military refused to let her proceed, accusing her of trying to foment unrest.
In Sydney, Australia, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer emerged from a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Defense Secretary William Cohen to condemn Myanmar's crackdown on dissent.
"Both Australia and the United States share the view that the treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi over the last few days has been unacceptable," he said.
Downer said the stifling of dissent could lead to social chaos.
During the nearly weeklong standoff with Suu Kyi, the military government spokesman issued several press releases accusing Western news agencies of fabricating details about the impasse to exaggerate the danger to Suu Kyi.
He said the military was supplying Suu Kyi with water and had food ready for her if she needed it, but her supplies had not run out.