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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Suu Kyi’s Party Launches Vote ‘No’ Tour

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The Moustache Brothers urge voters to vote “No” with arms crossed in front of their chests.

Suu Kyi’s Party Launches Vote ‘No’ Tour



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By WAI MOE

The Irrawaddy, Monday, April 28, 200

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Burma’s democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, is taking its vote “No” campaign across the county even as the regime is warning opposition forces to cease anti-referendum efforts.

Win Naing, a NLD spokesperson, told The Irrawaddy on Monday that leading members of the party were traveling to other cities to explain the party’s position on the constitution and the referendum.

“At the moment, we can campaign in at least five regions of the country—it is what we can do under the oppressive conditions created by the authorities,” he said.

“The NLD also plans to monitor the voting in the country as long as we can,” said Win Naing. “The party will also explain how to vote ‘No’ to the people of Burma through members in rural and urban areas. Our position is that people should vote against the unjust and undemocratic constitution in the referendum.”

Kyaw Hsan, the minister of information and a central secretary of the Union Solidarity and Development Association, traveled to Sagaing Division in northern Burma on April 21, the junta’s mouthpiece, Myanma Alin’s reported on Monday. He called on local people to vote “yes” in the referendum and vowed the constitution would guarantee stability, development and democracy.

Meanwhile in Rangoon, the largest city in Burma, security was tightened by authorities.
“There are police in civilian clothes and uniforms along with Swan Ah-shin at bus stops in Rangoon both in downtown areas and outside of downtown,” a student in Rangoon said. “Some of them were holding batons and some were holding guns.”

Rumors were circulating that the authorities would set up CCTV cameras at polling booths to allow them to determine who voted “Yes” or “No,” said a taxi driver in Rangoon. “So I am now thinking whether I should go to vote, because I don’t want to vote ‘Yes’ but I don’t want authorities to know how I voted.”

Sources said vote “No” campaigns by dissident groups could be found across the city. “I saw a group of students distributing vote ‘No’ leaflets in Tamwe Township,” said a shop owner.

One opposition group, The All Burma Federation of Student Union, released a statement on Monday supporting the vote “No” campaign and launched its own house-to-house, underground campaign across the country.

“There are more than 10 young organizations that are campaigning to vote against the constitution,” said Tun Myint Aung of the 88 Generation Students group.

“Activists will try to monitor voting on May 10,” he said. “Then everyone will know if the junta cheated and how they cheated.”

The well-known comedians, the Moustache Brothers, are conducting a vote “No” campaign in their nightly performances in Mandalay, the second largest city, using a visual gag of crossing their arms over their chests, a tourist told The Irrawaddy.

“The military junta is doing its utmost to encourage everyone to vote ‘Yes’ on May 10 and endorse the constitution,” says Par Par Lay, one of the Moustache Brothers. “But the Moustache Brothers would like everyone to know that they will vote ‘No’ in the referendum.”

“This is a sham constitution that the junta is trying to force onto us,” he says. “If we vote
‘Yes,’ democracy will never come to Burma.”

Par Par Lay and Lu Maw, his fellow comedian, were both imprisoned for seven years during the 1990s. Par Par Lay was jailed again for more than one month during the 2007 civil uprising.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=11576

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 28, 2008 at 6:01 pm

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World Focus on Burma (28 April 08)

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Would-be Burmese voters start to despair of getting an invitation
New Zealand Herald, New Zealand –
But as the clock ticks closer to the May 10 ballot in Myanmar, Mr Aung, like hundreds of Burmese nationals in New Zealand, has given up hope.

Burmese in Ottawa: Vote ‘No’ to Referendum
Epoch Times, NY –
By Pam McLennan On May 10
Burma‘s citizens will vote on a referendum to either accept or reject the constitution drafted by the SPDC (State Peace Democracy

Top Asian News at 6:30 am GMT
TMCnet –
as a ploy to help
Myanmar‘s ruling junta keep its grip on power. The demonstrators, organized by the Joint Action Committee for Democracy in Burma,

Burma to let Suu Kyi vote in May referendum
Independent-Bangladesh, Bangladesh –
The Burmese military government has decided to allow pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to vote in a May 10 national referendum on whether to endorse a

Monday, May 5
International Herald
Tribune, France
1824 – British troops take over
Rangoon, Burma — now Myanmar. 1862 – Mexican army defeats invading French forces in the Battle of Puebla. ..

Myanmar nationals in Singapore signal ‘no’ as they wait to vote
AFP –

SINGAPORE (AFP) — About 500 Myanmar nationals in Singapore wore shirts displaying the word “no” as they waited Sunday to vote in a referendum on a new

MANY wore red T-shirts and caps printed with the word “No”.
TODAYonline, Singapore
Up to 1000
Myanmar citizens lined up yesterday outside their country’s embassy in Singapore to vote in a referendum on a military-backed draft Constitution,

the wicked slight of indifference
CanadaEast.com, Canada
for Aung San Suu Kyi, the activist who will join the group when she is free of government-imposed house arrest in
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).

One Billion Dollars Allowed Afghan Rebels to Defeat the Soviets
Salem-News.Com, OR –
The new Rambo movie highlights the problem in Burma today, also known as Myanmar, where political oppression is operating at extreme levels, thus keeping a

Junta likely to control Internet connection sector-wise
Mizzima.com, India –
An official from the Myanmar Communication Department, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Mizzima that the government is likely to divide internet

Overseas Burmese Protest Constitution
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

The demonstrators, organized by the Joint Action Committee for Democracy in Burma, chanted slogans against the May 10 referendum.

Burmese embassy in Singapore extends polling days
Mizzima.com, India –
The Burmese embassy in Singapore on Monday announced that it will extend the period for polling on the country’s draft constitution, as several Burmese

UNSC Deadlocked on Burma
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –
By LALIT K JHA / UNITED NATIONS The Security Council remains deadlocked on a presidential statement on Burma even as diplomats of the 15-member UN body met

Burma’s PM to visit Thailand this Week
The Irrawaddy News Magazine, Thailand –

By SAI SILP Burma’s Prime Minister Gen Thein Sein is expected in Thailand on Tuesday for a three-day official visit that will focus on reaching a

AB Dışişleri Bakanları toplanıyor(ingilizce)
ABHaber, Belgium –
Starting at 10.00, the Council will focus on external relations, including Burma/Myanmar, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and the Middle East.

A Year In Review: Destination Hucktown?
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun, NY –
This year changed that, as monks began protesting in September of 2007 in Myanmar (known as Burma back in my day) against the oppressive military government

New Documentary Exposes Brutal Military Campaign Against Karen
PR Web (press release), WA –
Although press reports continue about the ongoing military rule in Burma, also referred to as Myanmar, few are aware of the brutal campaign by the Burmese

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April 28, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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