NLD Rally Attacked With Slingshots

NLD Rally Attacked With Slingshots

88 Generation Leader Min Ko Naing speaks during a joint rally with the National League for Democracy (NLD) in support of constitutional reform in Rangoon earlier this year. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

88 Generation Leader Min Ko Naing speaks during a joint rally with the National League for Democracy (NLD) in support of constitutional reform in Rangoon earlier this year. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

The National League for Democracy (NLD) says it came under slingshot attack by unknown assailants during a rally for constitutional reform over the weekend in Sagaing Division.

At the rally in Magyiton village, Khin-U Township, stones were hurled at members of the opposition party as well as people in the crowd, according to a party member.

“I was giving the talks,” Tin Win, the NLD’s joint secretary in the township, told The Irrawaddy. “Since it was dusk, it was not clear who was attacking us. The attack came from four sides.”

He said it was the first time the NLD had faced violence during its nationwide campaign for constitutional amendments.

A 4-year-old child in the crowd was hit on the head with a stone, and six adults were also injured. They were rushed to the township hospital and a police report was filed.

“We reported it to the upper level,” said Khin Maung Latt, a police officer from the township station.

The township’s NLD chairman, Win Aung, criticized the use of violence against peaceful talks.

The NLD has teamed up with the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, an activist group, to campaign for constitutional amendments. They have held rallies and launched a petition to amend Article 436 of the charter, which gives the military a veto over other amendments.

The petition is scheduled to end on July 19, which is also the Burmese holiday Martyrs’ Day.

2 Responses to NLD Rally Attacked With Slingshots

  1. I have no doubt about it’s another dirty work from former dictator Than Shwe and members of USDP. They paid thugs to attack NLD and other opposition party members.

    I don’t think 2015 general Election will be free fair because the Judges, Election Commission and Polices are puppet of former and current generals.

    International investors should be caution about Burmese Government’s reform direction. I don’t think Burma is heading to democratic reform and going back to Authoritarianism.

    President U Thein Sein Government must be thoroughly investigate on that incident and must be taken strong action against peoples who committed crime. Burmese ways of Rule of Law never apply to the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and Military in the past. If President U Thein Sein s he is strong and honest leader and then he must prove it. Otherwise he is only half man as another former dictator Than Shwe’s puppet.

    Ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party must understand they will never be won Burmese peoples’ heart by using dirty tactic.
    If you worry about losing power and Election and then you must show you’re honest and you’re worthy enough to be reelected MP or Government. The nation interest must come before your own interest.

    Current religion violent in upper Burma was another dirty work of former dictator Than Shwe and USDP. Military coup can be follow by unrest in Burma.

    Burmese peoples must beware of falling into trap of former dictator Than Shwe.

    If the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) wanted to be reelected as Government and then the Government needs to do reconciliation between current Burmese Government and Burmese peoples. Burmese peoples don’t trust quasi Government and Military because they are dishonest and corrupted power mongers.
    Burmese peoples knew Military and USDP won’t be given up power easily and they will use any dirty tactic it was working for them in the past. They never enough and satisfy sucking blood from Burmese peoples and stealing country natural resource and income.

    All opposition parties and Burmese peoples must be united and prepared for unforeseen brutality attacking from USDP and Military in next a few months. We can’t rule out whether Gen Min Aung Hlaing will coup power by using excuse as country instability or not before 2015 General Election. The world will see real face of Gen Min Aung Hlaing (Puppet of former dictator Than Shwe) and USDP soon.

  2. Whole country should vote to NLD that will be the victory sign in 2015 election- No other way out from the dictator.

    US had created Military President in Egypt has to take into consideration for Burma ( Myanmar ).

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