Eleven: Demonstrators Call for Release of Journalists

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YANGON - Protestors have resumed demonstrations against the imprisonment of journalists as well as to commemorate the Latpadaungtaung protest crackdown in front of the Yangon City Hall on Tuesday.

Protests against the controversial Latpadaungtaung copper mine project were violently suppressed in November 2012. Demonstrations against land grabbing, labour rights violations, as well as for constitutional change and freedom of press began again in early 2014 only pausing for the Thingyan new year festival.

“Jailing and hindering journalists means blocking people’s access to information. That’s why we demonstrate today for the sake of information access. We did not apply the permission for the peaceful assembly from the authorities,” protestor Than Swe told Eleven Media.

Approximately 30 protestors participated in the demo holding placards exclaiming ‘We demand the release of DVB reporter Zaw Pe and other detained journalists’ as well as wearing T-shirts saying: ‘No Wanbao’ and ‘No U Paing Company’.

The protestors went to Sule pagoda to pray for the DVB reporter and also to commemorate 17 months since the violent crackdown on protestors against the Latpadaungtaung copper mine.

They condemned the oligarchy exploiting Myanmar’s natural resources and demanded to end the Latpadaungtaung Copper Mine Project.