Thursday, September 6, 2012

NLD members protest lack of power sharing

Thursday, 06 September 2012 16:17 Aung Myat Tun, Kyi Pyar and Theingi Tun

Rangoon (Mizzima) – National League for Democracy (NLD) members in Twante Township on Tuesday staged a protest against Twante Township and Rangoon Region NLD officials for failing to share authority.

Win Maung, a demonstrator, said members want to see authority shared with “members who really work.”

NLD members protest a lack of power sharing in a demonstration at Twante Township on Tuesday. The protesters said NLD members in Twante Township and Rangoon Region NLD should share authority with “people who really work.” Photo: Hein Htet

The protest was led by NLD members Zaw Min Tun and Sandar and staged at Kyuntaw Quarter, Twante Township.

About 100 NLD members participated in the demonstration. Sandar told Mizzima that current NLD officials of Twante Township refused to receive party membership applications, and they discriminated against some party members.

Zaw Min Tun said that the protest is intended to stop one-sided actions in the party and to stop favouring some party members who are close with officials.

Nyan Win, a central NLD spokesman, said the demonstrators could upset the upcoming party conference.  “Only after the meeting of the central executive committee, can we say whether to take actions against them or not,” he said.

Similarly, in Myaungmya Township, Irrawaddy Region, about 500 NLD members in Myaungmya Township staged a similar protest in the second week of August.   

As a result, the central NLD earlier issued a statement saying that Myint Kyaw and Win Shwe, the organizers of the protest in Myaungmya Township, were temporarily removed as NLD members for organizing the protest.

Win Shwe said, “I write news articles in the Unity Journal, so I [went there] to cover the event. I was not a leader. When the investigation committee came [here], they did not meet me. In the statement issued by the central [NLD], both my name and my pen name were mentioned. In fact, the event is not related to my pen name.”

Myint Kyaw, the organizer of the protest in Myaungmya, said that the investigation committee came to the township on Aug. 24 when he [Myint Kyaw] was on his trip, but the NLD failed to meet with Win Shwe who was there.

Myint Kyaw said he led the protest, and he wanted Aung San Suu Kyi to know about certain issues of concern to members.

NLD spokesman Nyan Win told Mizzima, “Rangoon Region [NLD] formed an investigation committee. We made the decision based on the report delivered by the committee.”

The NLD is preparing to hold township-level conferences, district-level conferences, region/state-level conferences and a central conference. The central conference is scheduled in late 2012.

Win Shwe said that some members of Einme Township NLD and Pathein [Bassein] Township NLD are preparing to stage demonstrations also.

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