Constitutional Reform Campaign Comes to Eastern Rangoon

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A large crowd rallied in eastern Rangoon on Sunday afternoon in support of an opposition campaign to amend Burma’s Constitution. (Photo : Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — Thousands of people rallied in eastern Rangoon on Sunday afternoon to show their support for the campaign to amend Burma’s 2008 Constitution.

The demonstration was part of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society’s joint efforts to drum up public support for changing the charter, which was drafted by the former military regime and approved by a referendum widely seen as rigged.

A procession of supporters dressed in the NLD’s red, chanting their demand to amend the Constitution, made its way around Thaketa Township, culminating at Dawbon sports field for music and speeches.

The campaign is focusing on amending Article 436 of the Constitution, which calls for three quarters of Parliament to approve amendments, giving the military—which automatically controls 25 percent of seats—an effective veto.

Similar events have been held around the country in recent months, and last week, NLD Chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi and 88 Generation leader Min Ko Naing spoke at a rally in Rangoon’s Bahan Township.

2 Responses to Constitutional Reform Campaign Comes to Eastern Rangoon

  1. Present constitution must make amendment to forward the country to be democratic. USDP party’s leading members are many cronies so they do not want to change due to their benefits of interests. These peoples are selfish and egoists. They do not want country to be prosperous and develop. By hook or crook all have to join with ASSK for the CHANGE.

  2. People and Suu Kyi/Min Ko Naing are on the same street while USDP regime is walking the opposite direction. So, Regime is enemy of everyone. Rallies must go on. Campaign for constitutional amendment must go on until we have democratic constitution. If needed, throng of people will filled Yangon, Naypitaw and Mandalay. Three years have been gone but we have seen nothing from USDP regime to meet the expectation from the public. A failed regime must go home for good.

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