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ABFSU _Urgent release: Support Students demand for regular electricity supply

March 9, 2009

Urgent release for Students demand for regular electricity supply during the examination period from 2 Townships
Date: 9th March, 2009
People have always heard from the state control medias that there are huge development in natural gas projects and hydro power projects, although in practical, there is hardly electricity supply in Chin and Arakin state and people have to use the electricity in very limited ration even in big cities in Burma including Rangoon and this has broken the records of the previous years.
The lack of electricity supply has substituted with the energy consumption extracted from the forests. Therefore, the electricity problem of Burma has become the regional issue as it can bring the extinction of forests and the environment and climate changed. Actually, there have enough resources, such as natural gas, hydro power, to produce 24-hours power supply to the whole Burma for decades. However, as military regime has just emphasized on earning the foreign currency regardless of the need of domestic electricity supply, people have had to stay in darkness.
Moreover, now is the time for high-school examination in Burma, the lack of enough electricity supply even for the night time, made students to be very terrible and troublesome period. While students who are about to sit their exam cannot learn their lessons because of too much electricity going out, on the other hand, there is full power supply in military areas and it can highlight the big difference between military and civilian life.
The trouble of lack of regular electricity supply has shown the gap between the situation of people, students and that of military institution. That made public dissatisfaction and students outrage could lead to demonstrations to get regular electricity supply in Mawlamein on the night of the 6th of March and in Tontay on the 7th March, 2009.
Since the plight of students and public from Mawlamein and Tontay to get enough electricity supply can represent the all sorts of life in Burma. This is an unavoidable demonstrations for the basic need of our public, we, All Burma Federation of Student Unions – Foreign Affairs Committee (ABFSU-FAC) have comprehensively supported them and have declared that we will participate and cooperate as much as possible in these movements and consequences.
All Burma Federation of Student Unions – Foreign Affairs Committee (ABFSU-FAC)

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