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Three activists charged in Mandalay protest

Police in Mandalay charged three activists who joined local students protesting against the crackdown in Letpadan on March 3.

The three activists, Aye Thein, Amar Ni and Tin Mar Yi, were charged under Section 18 and Section 505 (b) at the No-2 police station in Aungmyethazan Township.

After being charged, the three activists held a press conference on March 5, expressing that the charges were unfair.

Plice charge 11 protesters, detain three in Letpadan

Myoma police on Thursday (March 5) charged 11 local protesters and detained three for supporting the main student protest column in Letpadan, Bago Region.

About 200 protesters were able to meet the protesting students for one hour near the police vehicles in Kyunkalay where the student protesters were blocked on March 4 from continuing their march.

Gov't hires thugs to crack down on Yangon protestors

Students and activists were arrested during a violent crackdown on a protest near Yangon City Hall on March 5.

An official from Kyauktadar Township in Yangon spoke through a loudspeaker to warn protesters not to carry out the protest at around 3:30pm in front of Mahabanduhla Park.

Yangon to host voter education programmes this month

Programmes to educate voters in Yangon Region will commence in the middle of March under the guidance of election monitoring organisations.

Local civic organisations in Yangon Region met for the first time on March 3 to discuss the implementation of the programmes in ten townships.

Gov't using thugs to crack down on Yangon protestors

Students and activists have been arrested during a violent crackdown against a protest near the Yangon City Hall today.

An official from Kyauktadar Township of Yangon announced a warning over the loudspeaker at around 3:30pm in front of Mahabanduhla Park in the city, against the protest even before it took place.

Students march against use of force

Students marched to Yangon City Hall on Wednesday to demand that police not use force to crack down on the main protest column opposing the National Education Law.

Police, who have protesting students surrounded in Letpadan, say they will not use violence and are consulting with students about the best way to bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion.

More hydropower projects in the pipeline

Forty-three new hydropower projects with a total power generation capacity of 42,000 megawatt (MW) will be implemented by several joint ventures and build-operate-transfer (BOT) arrangements involving foreign and local companies and the Ministry of Electric Power, according to the National Energy Policy drafted by National Energy Management Committee.

No plan to attend hearing on the bill amending national education law, student says

Student representatives from the main protest column have decided not to attend a hearing on the bill amending the national education law, at the upper house of parliament on 5 March as the police continue blocking the main protest column. 

The bill committee of the upper house has invited those concerned to attend the hearing on the bill, which was sent back by the union government under the four-party agreement.

Fire kills four in Pyay

A fire broke out at a tea shop in Pyay, Bago Region, leaving two children and two women dead on March 3.

An unattended fire spread and engulfed the shop.The four victims suffocated while they were sleeping. The fire destroyed three computers, a bicycle, a battery cycle and a house worth nearly Ks 1.3 million.

In recent weeks, several fires have broken out in Pyay. This has been the most fatal outbreak, according to locals.

Trial of Chinese embassy protesters continues

YANGON – The eight trial session of six activists who led a protest at the Chinese embassy in December against a probe into the death of female protestor Khin Win, who was killed in the recent clashes with police, began at the court in Dagon Township on March 3.

One of the protest leaders on trial, Nay Myo Zin from the Myanmar Social Development Association, was wounded in the back at the protest. He appeared in court and was then brought to Kyimyindain Orthopedic Specialist Hospital for a checkup.