24 Nov '11, 10pm

Myanmar's military govt passes Bill allowing peaceful protests

YANGON - The Myanmar Parliament has passed a Bill that allows citizens to protest peacefully, the latest in a series of reforms since a civilian government took power in March. The Bill will require demonstrators to inform the authorities about their assembly "five days in advance", Upper House member Aye Maung of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party was quoted as saying by AFP. He said that protestors will be allowed to hold flags and party symbols but must avoid government buildings, schools, hospitals and embassies. The Bill needs to be signed by President Thein Sein to become law. The move comes four years after the "Saffron Revolution", mass protests led by monks which were brutally put down by the military government. More than 30 people were killed, hundreds jailed while others were forced to escape as refugees to the United States. Myanmar has embarked on a ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111125-0000056/Myanma...

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