Thai people should start consider government without Samak Sundaravej

Thai people should start consider

government without Samak Sundaravej

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has accused protesters in Bangkok of trying to foment another coup. “They want bloodshed in the country,” he told journalists.

In a day of stormy protests, supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) invaded government buildings and a state-run television station.

Organisers of the demonstration have ignored a deadline to leave, vowing to keep supporters on the streets until the government falls.

The protesters accuse Mr Samak of running the country on behalf of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and now in self-imposed exile amid corruption charges.

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Protest against referendum in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia

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Burmese groups protest referendum outside embassy

Malaysiakini news

More than 500 Burmese refugees and students demonstrated outside their embassy in the Malaysian capital, calling for a referendum in the reclusive nation to be scrapped.

burmese referendum protest 100508 memorandumBurma’s ruling generals went ahead today with the ballot for a new constitution despite the major devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis last weekend, which killed tens of thousands and left 1.5 million people desperately needing aid.

“We don’t want to vote for the artificial referendum,” protest organiser and ethnic Chin Richard Burton told reporters.

“The junta should postpone the referendum because of all the suffering the Burmese people are facing from the cyclone,” he added.

A refugee in Malaysia for the last four years, Burton said most people were not allowed to vote freely in the country formerly known as Burma.

“We are being forced to vote for the referendum at the point of a gun so there is no choice for the Burmese people. We must vote ‘No’ for the referendum.”

Memorandum submitted

Wearing t-shirts with the word ‘NO’ emblazoned in white, demonstrators chanted pro-democracy slogans as leaders submitted a memorandum to Burmese embassy officials.

Over 300 policemen, some armed with tear gas launchers, allowed representatives to address the crowd.

burmese referendum protest 100508 chantingA large number of Burma’s various ethnic groups turned up for the protest with many Karen, Shan, Chin and Mons dressed in traditional outfits.

Some brought their children and the group staged a minute’s silence in memory of the cyclone’s victims before dispersing.

In the worst cyclone-hit townships including Burma’s most populous city Rangoon, the vote has been postponed, but the referendum went ahead today in the remaining townships.

The junta says the vote will lead to general elections in 2010.

The last ballot in Burma was won by the opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi nearly two decades ago but they were never permitted to take power – and the military has continued its tight hold on the country.

 

– AFP 

 

2,000 protest against referendum

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 2008/05/10

  Myanmar protesters gathering in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday where they handed over two memoranda to embassy officials.

Myanmar protesters gathering in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur

 yesterday where they handed over two memoranda to embassy officials.

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 2,000 Myanmar workers gathered in front of the Myanmar Embassy and handed over two memoranda protesting the referendum on the country’s new constitution.

The two-hour peaceful rally, which began at 9.30am, saw the Myanmars arriving in two batches from Jalan Ampang before they were stopped by members of the Federal Reserve Unit.
Police had since early morning cordoned off several roads leading to the embassy at Jalan Ru, off Jalan Ampang Hilir, and stationed FRU trucks at the United States Embassy nearby.

Some of the Myanmars wore traditional clothes while others wore red headbands and T-shirts emblazoned with the word “No”.
They co-operated with police throughout the protest and waited patiently at the blockade before police allowed several representatives to approach the embassy to hand over the memoranda.
 
 

 

 

They also said prayers for those who perished when Myanmar was ravaged by cyclone Nargis.

The first group to hand over a memorandum were members of the Burma Ethnic Nationality Joint Force, which is a coalition of seven ethnic groups in Myanmar.

The second group comprised members of four political parties – the NLD-Liberated Area, the Arakan League for Democracy, Zomi National Congress-Liberated Area and Democratic Party of New Society.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo from Reuters Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shadows of demonstrators are seen during a protest against the constitutional referendum outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur May 10, 2008. The military rulers of Myanmar went ahead with a constitutional referendum on Saturday despite calls from the outside world to postpone it after the devastation of Cyclone Nargis. From Reuters Pictures by REUTERS.

The shadows of demonstrators are seen during a protest against the constitutional referendum outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur May 10, 2008. The military rulers of Myanmar went ahead with a constitutional referendum on Saturday despite calls from the outside world to postpone it after the devastation of Cyclone Nargis.

 

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Hundreds of activists stage protest in Malaysia against Myanmar referendum

 Myanmar‘s protesters offer prayers during a demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, May 10, 2008. Some 500 activists demonstrated Saturday at the Myanmar Embassy in Malaysia, demanding that Yangon call off its constitutional referendum even as voting began in the military-ruled nation despite a devastating cyclone. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

League of Islamic Ulama’s call to support monks’ protest

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