NLD Marks Union Day in Yangon Event

NLD Marks Union Day in Rangoon Event

Panglong, politics, Union Day, NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi, Shan, Kachin, ethnic issues, Myanmar, Yangon

A Shan traditional dancer performs during the NLD’s celebration of Union Day in Rangoon on Wednesday. Click on the box below for more images. (Photo: Jpaing / The Irrawaddy)

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, celebrated Union Day at Doyoya Restaurant in Rangoon on Wednesday. A traditional Shan dance competition was held at the event, which was attended by the 88 Generation Student leaders and NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi.

Union Day is marked on Feb. 12 every year in Burma to commemorate the signing of the Panglong Agreement in 1947 by independence leader Aung San—Suu Kyi’s father—and the ethnic Shan, Kachin and Chin peoples.

The agreement granted ethnic regions political autonomy and the right to secede after 10 years; it was envisioned to expand to other ethnic groups in Burma. After Gen. Aung San was assassinated in July 1947 Burma descended into civil war and the agreement was never fully implemented.

Previous military governments celebrated Union Day as a key date in the establishing Burma’s independence but rejected the ethnic regions’ demands for autonomy, giving rise to decades of internal conflict.


One Response to NLD Marks Union Day in Rangoon Event

  1. It had a reason why only Kachin, Chin and Shan signed with Aung San at Pang Long. Union Day must be celebrated only with the Pang Long spirit. In the past, military dictators disrespected the Union and they practiced unitary system. We can still see today that the whole Army is owned by Than Shwe and Min Aung Hlaing. In the Union, military must not be owned by a man. That’s why we the people are pointing out that we need the Union Military system.

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