Suu Kyi, 88 Students to Hold Constitutional Reform Rally in Mandalay

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National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi meets with 88 Generation leaders in Rangoon on Feb. 4. (Photo: The 88 Generation / Facebook)

MANDALAY — National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Mandalay next month to address a public rally together with the 88 Generation Students leaders in order to call for amendments to Burma’s Constitution, a NLD representative said on Wednesday.

“We do not have the exact date yet, but it will be in May. Preparations are under way to deliver a speech in Mandalay concerning the amendment of the Constitution,” said Nyan Win, an NLD spokesman.

It will be only the second visit by Aung San Suu Kyi to Burma’s second-biggest city since her release from house arrest in 2010.

Nyan Win said the 88 Generation Student movement will offer their support during the event. “The collaboration of 88 Generation Student is so encouraging and I believe many people will join the cause,” he said.

The hugely popular NLD leader teamed up with the 88 Generation Students, led by respected leaders such as Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, in February in order to begin a ‘people’s movement’ style campaign calling for amendments to Burma’s military-drafted 2008 Constitution.

Since November, Suu Kyi has been increasingly vocal in her calls for amendments to the charter and she has held regular rallies in towns across Burma in which she called for public support for the changes.

The Constitution is unpopular and considered undemocratic as it gives the military sweeping political powers, such as control over a quarter of Parliament, while it prevents Suu Kyi from holding the post of president because her sons are British nationals.

However, Burma’s ruling party—the Union Solidarity and Development Party comprising mostly members of the military junta—has indicated it’s not willing to consider Suu Kyi’s demands.

Jimmy, a public relation officer of 88 Generation Students, told The Irrawaddy that the planned event in Mandalay was agreed upon after a meeting with Suu Kyi on April 21.

“We’ve been working together with the NLD and Daw Suu since ’88 and this time we will work for the amendment of the Constitution as it is an important matter for the country,” he said. “We believe all of the citizen will join the cause in a peaceful manner and understand that the amendment of the Constitution is vital for national reconciliation.”

Jimmy said he could provide no further details of the event, adding that lists of participants and other plans would be announced early next week.

8 Responses to Suu Kyi, 88 Students to Hold Constitutional Reform Rally in Mandalay

  1. No social order commits suicide and that is precisely what the generals would be doing if they allowed free and fair election. So, we can surely expect foul play as the gangster generals try and maintain their warped idea of social order in the run up to the 2015 election.

  2. It will be a good start for democratic movement for the year 2014.
    Good health for Aung San Suu Kyi.

  3. The people must rise up and participate in this rally. Suu Kyi will not be with us forever. When she is gone, the regime will control everything forever. Therefore, this is the time we need to stand up with Suu Kyi and 88 Generation to topple unjust regime to clear up way for democracy and the future generations. People seem satisfied with fake reform and fake democracy in Myanmar. We the people deserve real one, not faked one.

  4. Suu kyi and 88 generation must work with the ethnics. To topple this evil regime, all citizens(myanmars, shans, karens, kachins, chins, kayahs, rakhines, mons, was, nagas, and so on)need to stand up together against this regime. We the people ask for bread but regime gives us stone. We the people ask for fish but regime gives us snake. We the people ask for freedom but regime gives us prison. We the people ask for genuine democracy but regime gives us military rule. Enough is enough. Daw suu needs to bring all opposition groups together to throw all usdp garbage in the Indian ocean. We no longer want to see them on our land.

    • Dear wuthmone
      i totally agree with you. Now , all ethnics demand to abolish 2008 nargic bama military killing and raping right constitution. All ethnics ask to honor Panglong agreement. Fox private army give 2008 Nargic.
      Unity among us is he essential.
      Anyway, we all should ask psy wirathu, Mandalay to participate in this issue or not. Psy wirathu will stir up with his some low born monks to disturb you all with the thounsand reasons of pseudo-Buddhism religious affairs or his mental illness.

  5. PEOPLES POWER IS GREAT, so it has to be created and the peoples work for the peoples by the peoples. Standby with Aung San Suu Kyi to over throw the illicit government. When a government is unjust, it is justify that to over throw it otherwise cronisim will rooted and it will take long to eliminate. Let us line up behind ASSK and fight for freedom,justice and peace.

  6. The photo shows the next freely elected leader of Burma – and it is not ASSK.

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