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Burma Marks Martyr's Day with Low-Key Ceremony


Burma held a low-key Martyrs' Day ceremony Monday to mark the anniversary of the 1947 assassination of independence hero General Aung San - father of detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Aung San was assassinated along with six Cabinet ministers, two other officials and a bodyguard on July 19, 1947 - six months before Burma gained independence from Britain on January 4, 1948.

Monday's ceremony, which took place at the Martyrs' Mausoleum, was attended by Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin.

Flags were flown at half-staff at the mausoleum as officials placed flowers at the tomb and families of the slain leaders and diplomats participated in the tightly-guarded ceremony.

Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to participate in the annual ceremonies while she is under house arrest.

The Nobel Peace laureate has been under some form of detention for 14 of the last 20 years.

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