Ethnic parties slam 'Aung San' bridge name

Kyaw Zin Win

The Union Parliament’s vote to name the Thanlwin Bridge in Chaungsone Township, Mon State, “General Aung San Bridge” was totally wrong and ignored the will of residents, announced the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) on March 18.

A majority of union-level National League for Democracy MPs voted for the name "General Aung San Bridge". More than 3,000 Mon protesters demanded a different name but MPs chose to ignore the protest, the announcement said.

The independence leader is more divisive and less respected in Mon State than in Nay Pyi Taw, with many members of ethnic minorities saying they did not benefit from his policies. It said the name would harm unity and national reconciliation, showing that most MPs ignored the opinions of ethnic minorities, the announcement said.

The UNA pledged to respect and support the will of the people whatever Parliament decided.The announcement said the UNA was an alliance to establish a federal democracy with equality and self-rule. The UNA was formed with 15 ethnic-minority partiesShan Nationalities League for Democracy, Mon National Party, Kayan National Party, Karen National Party, Arakan National Party, Shan State Kokang Democratic Party, Zomi Democracy Federation, Kachin National Democracy Congress Party, Khumi National Party, Arakan Patriotic Party, Mro National Democracy Party, Danu National Democracy Party, Chin Progressive Party, Chin National Democratic Party and Shanni Nationalities Development Party.

Translated by Aung Kyaw Kyaw