A driver whose car blocked a ruling-party campaign motorcade was led off in handcuffs by police after fighting with party supporters. The driver, who has not been named, has been detained by police for questioning.
U Sai Win Phay, a former jade merchant, is set on being the next minister for Shan ethnic affairs in Mandalay Region so he can better lobby for his small ethnic minority group, the “Red Shan” or Tai-Leng.
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.