Saturday, 22 September 2012

Myanmar blocks peace rally in capital but allows hundreds to march through main city of Yangon

Filed under: Myanmar,Nonviolence — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 08:31 PDT

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.


  1. Grant permission(s), let the organizer(s) understand that they are accountable for the aftermath. If they can not control their crowd, they are not to organize again until they are ready. The problem is that there are too many people there who has nothing better to do (not entirely their fault) than join any rally and get really rowdy while the organizer(s) are not taking any responsibilities.

    Comment by Galaxy Dust — Saturday, 22 September 2012 @ 13:31 PDT

  2. Instead of showing their discontentment this way, they should do it electronically. It’ll be less disruptive. There are so many ‘modern’ ways to do things efficiently. No need to sacrifice lives because it’s too primitive.

    Comment by Galaxy Dust — Saturday, 22 September 2012 @ 13:43 PDT

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