Thousands Protest Repressive laws
6 January 2014
Several thousand people gathered in Rangoon on Sunday to push for the abolition of repressive laws, reports AFP. The rally came five days after a New Year’s Eve amnesty in which the government claimed that it had released the last of the remaining political prisoners in Burma. However, according to Pyone Cho of the 88 Generation Students group, which organized the rally, there are still 25 political detainees in the country’s prisons. “We do not accept any kind of political arrest,” said Pyone Cho. The protesters also highlighted the plight of villagers arrested for opposing recent land grabs, and called for changes to 2008 Constitution, which reserves 25 percent seats in Parliament for the military and bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.