Thursday, October 7, 2010

Arakanese activists post notices urging poll boycott

Thursday, 07 October 2010 00:22 Khaing Suu

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Notices urging the public to boycott the Burmese junta’s elections next month and oppose its constitution were posted on lamp posts and fences in 15 villages across Arakan State early yesterday morning, youth activists said.

The notices on white card posted in the villages of Taunggok Township in the western Burmese state bore the phrases “2008 constitution” and “2010 election” crossed out, with “Boycott the Election” underneath, and measured 8x6 inches eight.

“The notices were stuck up on lamp posts along the main road and on fences in 15 villages. But the papers were removed by police and local authorities since early morning,” Aung Tha Hla, an activist from Taunggok, told Mizzima.

A group of young activists from 15 villages including Maei, Sarpyin, Tanlwellchaung, Ywama, Lamu, Taintaung, Myotaung, Saidipyin and Yanmyoaung villages posted a total of about 800 of the notices.

Mizzima contacted Taunggok Police Station seeking comment on the case but the officer in charge refused to provide any response. Three local residents said they were unaware the notices had been distributed.

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