YANGON, Myanmar – The authorities in Myanmar blocked people Friday from rallying in the isolated capital, but allowed hundreds to march through the country’s main city in Yangon’s largest rally in five years.
In both cases, authorities had refused to grant permits to people marking the International Day of Peace. But police did nothing to stop the procession in Yangon, which started at City Hall and snaked several kilometres (miles) through the city.
Earlier in the day, police refused to let about 100 people board buses for the capital, Naypyitaw. They gave no explanation for withholding a permit, telling the group to disperse or face legal action.(...more)