Friday, July 31, 2009

Protests outside Burmese Embassy in Bangkok

by Mizzima News
Friday, 31 July 2009 20:56

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - At least 20 Burmese pro-democracy activists on Friday staged a brief protest outside the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, demanding the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the verdict on whose trial has been postponed to August 11 by the court in Rangoon’s Insein prison.

The protesters - members of political parties, students, and migrant workers - condemned Burma’s military rulers for putting Aung San Suu Kyi on trial saying it is trumped up to convict her and sentence her to prison in order to keep her out of the 2010 election scenario.

The protesters also demanded that the ruling junta release all political prisoners, scrap the 2008 constitution and recognise the 1990 election results.

The demonstrators, who had earlier gathered in front of the embassy, were later herded to the rear of the embassy by Thai police.

Meanwhile, the court in Insein prison on Friday postponed pronouncement of the verdict in Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial to August 11 saying there are some problems relating to the law and that it needed more time.