Pakokku students begin march on Yangon

Various university students from Pakokku stage a protest against the National Education Law at the Pakokku University on February 6 (Photo - EMG)

More than 1000 students from universities in Pakokku, Magway Region, have begun their march to Yangon, joined by students from Monywa. 

Pakokku students met at the technology university eight miles northeast of the town.

They held flags and protest posters saying: "Freedom to form student unions"; "Democratic education is our need" and "No law that is unhelpful to students”.

Pakokku students protest against the National Education Law (Photo-EMG)

"The talk in Nay Pyi Taw was not as open as the Yangon talk. Minister [of the President’s Office] Aung Min told us in Nay Pyi Taw that the talks were postponed until February 12. This was a one-sided decision. Our temporarily halted march is restarting as the government failed to comply with its promises. We restarted our march on February 7 joining with students from Monywa. We will use vehicles when we arrive in insecure areas and in order to reach Yangon in time to open up our protest camp with our comrades there. We will march for the rest of the journey," said Pyae Phyo Kyaw, chairman of Pakokku University Student Union.

And many residents gave support to the students as they began their march to Yangon. Pakokku students also staged protests against the National Education Law last month.