This Week in Resistance

Here is a round up of stories from the past week about various acts of non-violent resistance inside Burma and some of the people who are fighting for change.

8/3 : About 400 students in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, marched peacefully through the city center demanding a reduction in transportation costs. The chief minister of Arakan state promised to respond to the protestors’ demands.

8/4: Zayar Thaw, a famous hip hop singer and founder of the student activist group Generation Wave, has been banned from singing in a charity concert. Authorities said if he was on the bill, permission for the concert wold be denied. He was released from prison a few months ago after serving 3 years in jail.

8/8 : Hundreds of people in Rangoon gathered to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the 8/8/88 uprising. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and many others went to a local monastery and prayed. Many solidarity groups around the world also held events.

8/8 : Students in Kachin State’s capital of Myitkyina distributed over 1,600 anti-government posters. Students wrote slogans on the posters including: “Immediately settle peace, don’t kill innocent civilians, protect civilians, stop terrorizing, and don’t destroy the property of civilians.”

8/ 11: The community in North Okkalapa Township in Rangoon Region has banded together this week to protest their newly appointed ward administrator. He is a member of puppet party of the military, the USDP. About 500 residents sent a complaint letter to President Thein Sein they do not respect the administrator and see him as a criminal. Authorities responded by summoning 150 people for questioning.

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