Monday, April 12, 2010

Pro-democratic groups apprehends junta crackdown on NLD


Nava Thakuria:
The pro-democracy Burmese exiles and campaign groups apprehend a crackdown on the democratic organizations in the coming days.

Soon after the deadline May 7 (for political party registration to Burmese authority) crosses, the junta may go for strong actions against all the parties, who have decided not to join the elections sometime later this year, the democracy campaigners argue.

“We apprehend that the military rulers of Burma will go for repressive actions against the leader and activists of National League for Democracy soon after May 7. The junta may take the actions against those people as they remain critical towards the electoral laws,” said Khin Ohmar of Forum for Democracy in Burma.

In that case, she added, we have already asked the pro-democracy partner and well-wisher groups to be ready for a Global Day of Action in May. And before that the solidarity groups have planned to launch a massive campaign through the internet involving all sympathizers for democracy in Burma.

Meanwhile, a Global Campaign Against Burma’s 2010 Military Elections was launched last month. As more as ten alliances of Burma’s movement for democracy and rights of ethnic nationalities, and over 150 endorsing organizations from different parts of the globe formally launched the global campaign against the flawed electoral laws of Burma through a press conference in Bangkok on March 19.

Various speakers in the conference, including Khin Ohmar, foreign affairs secretary of FDB Naw Zipporah Sein, general secretary of Karen National Union and U Thein Oo, an MP-elect of the NLD in 1990 Burma election, guessed that the present military regime led by Senior General Than Shwe would start a crack down on the political parties, which had won 1990 election but denied political power.



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