#BURMA #MEC #fence #continues to #prevent #labourers #from #crossing #river into #Yangon


Friday, 21 November 2014  Over 80 high school students gathered yesterday to protest against the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC), a military-owned company that has constructed a fence around Oo Mya Ngar Sin Port in Ahlone Township, blocking their way to school.



The students are from Oo Mya Ngar Sin Gyaung Wine Gyi and Gyaung Wine Lay villages, which are located across the Yangon River from Ahlone Township.
Construction of the fence began at around midnight on November 8. It surrounds the port and the street leading to No.7 Basic Education High School, Ahlone.
Although the authorities have arranged negotiations between students and the MEC, the students’ parents are not satisfied because the fence continues to prevent labourers from using the port. Many labourers make their livelihoods by crossing the river into Yangon daily.
“We have to work daily for our living. The students have to go along the street on their way to school. The headmistress and officials from MEC said this morning that only the students can use the street, not the labourers. We can give the students education if only we earn the money for the living. If they don’t let us use the street, the students will not attend school,” a student’s mother said.
The port and the street, which is 20 feet wide and 1,800 feet long, were opened by the Yangon regional government on May 6, 2014, according to boat drivers. With the closing of the port, this is the sixth time the boat drivers in the area have had change their routes into the city.
On the morning of November 20, the school headmistress issued a warning saying that students who miss lessons for three days will be dismissed from the school. The headmistress also instructed students not to let absentees copy lessons, according to a parent.
Yesterday afternoon, officials from district administrator’s office came to remove the fence temporarily to let students attend school, and they said they will negotiate in the event of future complications. But the students’ parents were not satisfied, and negotiations did not succeed.
Students sang the national anthem and other patriotic songs at their protest against the fence. Some charity organizations distributed food and drinks at the protest.
Authorities posted signboards announcing that the Gyaung Wine Lay ferry port has moved to Maung Lay creek at the instruction of Yangon regional government and urged people to use that port only.

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#Aung #San#Suu #Kyi #signal #acceptance #she will #not #be #permitted to #run #for #president in #2015.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

(Cartoon- Kyaw Thurein)
(Cartoon- Kyaw Thurein)

Thura Shwe Mann’s timetable for the charter change is logical, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) to media representatives on November 19.
“He has only laid out the process for charter change. Only after we amend Section 436 can we make changes to other sections. This process is in conformity with our current work,” she said.
“The amendments should be made in step-by-step manner. Section 436 should be amended before we change 59(F). This process is natural,” she added.
Suu Kyi went on to explain that by following such a process, lawmakers would be following the path toward democracy.
“Our disagreement over the army’s role should be in accordance with the democratic standards,” she said.
However, she also remarked that the role allotted to the army by the 2008 constitution is inherently undemocratic and must be changed.
Suu Kyi’s approval of Thura Shwe Mann’s timeline, which would only allow amendments to take effect after the coming national election, seems to signal her acceptance of the reality that she will not be permitted to run for president in 2015.
“We will have finished discussions by November 25. The bills to be submitted to the Union parliament will be decided and approved at the next parliamentary session. The resulting decisions will have to be approved by referendum, and that will be done in May 2015. After the 2015 elections, the provisions enacted by the constitution will have to be approved when the Lower House of parliament and the Union parliament convene. The constitutional amendments cannot be enacted immediately following the referendum. They will depend on the results of the election. We are making strenuous efforts. All are urged to extend a helping hand to us. The referendum is a difficult matter. Plans are underway to successfully accomplish this process by means of enacting laws,” said Thura Shwe Mann, speaker of the Union Parliament at a press conference on November 18.
“It would be better to ask lawyers about the law. You should ask people like Win Myint. He can explain it more clearly,” Aung San Suu Kyi said. CR. ELEVEN MEDIA