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May 27, demonstration
Demonstration of May 27 in Bangkok
About 150 Burmese students and Thai students participated in the
peaceful demonstration marking the sixth anniversary of May General
Election and regarding the arrest of NLD's representatives which was held
in front of the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok at 1:00pm on May 27. Students
from Overseas National Students' Organization of Burma (ONSOB), All Burma
Basic Education Students' Union (Thailand), Burmese Students Association
(Safe Area), All Burma Students' Democratic Front, Federation of Trade
Unions, Burma and Thai students from Student Federation of Thailand
gathered in front of the embassy and demanded the Slorc to recognize the
result of 1990 elections and release immediately all NLD's representatives
and all political prisoners. Students carrying the banners and wearing
"fighting peacock " head band chanted the slogans and also called for the
talks between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Slorc so that a tripartite dialogue
aimed at achieving political reforms can go.
" We are here to demonstrate our support for the leadership of Daw
Aung San Suu Kyi and her election wining party, NLD. We denounce the
Slorc's failure to transfer the power to the NLD and its crackdown on the
NLD's representatives recently." said one student demonstrator.
Students also performed the street drama portraying the plight of
Burmese people under the ruing military regime, Slorc. The scene where
students portraying as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD supporters were
chained by the Slorc soldiers with bloody hands received great attentions
from the media and audience.
Students called on the international community to send clear
message and take severe action against the ruling junta , which has
arrested some 260 opposition members recently. The demonstrators urged the
international community to give pressure and forge ahead to implement the
1995 United Nation General Assembly's resolution on Burma; in particularly
to the ASEAN member countries, to immediately stop their "Construction
Engagement Policy" toward Burma and, to the international community, to
give pressure towards the ASEAN member countries to do so; to adopt
economic sanction and arm embargo on Burma and to take strong and
effective action on the Slorc's illegal arrest.
Both plainclothes and uniformed Thai police were present. They
made some harassment to some demonstrators with the threat of arrest, but
no arrest occurred.