» 03/27/2008, 00.00
Underground campaign against junta’s new constitution
The junta is urging the population to approve the constitution, which legitimises its hold on power, with promises of democracy for 2010. In the meantime it is cracking down on all forms of dissent. For their part pro-democracy activists are engaged in an underground campaign for a No vote.
Activist calls for Than Shwe’s excommunication, gets four years in jail
Soe Aung protested against fuel price rises and waved a placard calling for the excommunication of the junta’s strongman. Since mid-August 150 people have been arrested; concerns for the fate of 13 student leaders are expressed.
Widespread scepticism after junta announces democratic elections
Military junta announces constitutional referendum in May this year and parliamentary elections in 2010. Burmese pro-democracy activists have doubts, especially since the new constitution drafted by the military is still under wraps. For analysts political detainees should be released and freedom protected first.
Burmese military junta arrests another leader connected to Aung San Suu Kyi
An activist denounces the attempt to "destroy all those who are politically active" before the elections in 2010. Thousands of arrests ordered by the dictatorship against political opponents.
Junta arrests more than 20 anti-constitution activists
The group was marching towards Sittwe, and were wearing t-shirts with the slogan “no”, in protest at the military’s new Constitution. National League for Democracy leaders among demonstrators.
Anyone not voting ‘Yes’ will be fired from their job
The National League for Democracy denounces more voter intimidation. Farmers are told they might lose their land and students might be prevented from completing their university studies if they vote ‘No’. Public servants might have to vote under the watchful eye of military officers.
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