Students jailed for demonstrating against the National Education Law have urged voters to reject the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in the November 8 election. Members of the Yadanapon Student Union, who called for the end of the “military government”, said that otherwise parents would have to see their children arrested and imprisoned like them.
Conservationists are hoping that a government decision to designate Mandalay’s Taungthaman Lake an environmental conservation area could protect the marine life there. The decision follows a series of massive die-offs that have killed tens of thousands of fish in the lake, which is fringed by factories.
Despite the doubling of the entry fee to the Bagan tourist zone over the past two years, and discouraging news of floods and explosions, officials expect visitor numbers to continue to grow “dramatically” in the near future.
Smaller opposition parties without the fame and celebrity status of the National League for Democracy have reversed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s campaign slogan: Vote for the candidates, not the party, they say.
An overwhelming National League for Democracy win in the election that enables it to form government will kill off dictatorship, the party’s patron told supporters in Mandalay.
Defiant farmers in Mandalay Region are cultivating fields they say they own as negotiations with the local authorities broke down.
Only a handful of political parties have applied for permission to canvass in Mandalay, even though permit requirements have been relaxed and election day looms less than six weeks away.