Pro-junta rally to be held in Rangoon
Mizzima News (www.mizzima.com)
October 12, 2007 - The Rangoon Division Peace and Development Council is planning to hold a pro-regime rally in in Rangoon which will denounce recent protests and lend support to the outcome of the National Convention.
The Burma Army and police forces are deployed near Thuwanna Stadium where the rally is likely to be held tomorrow and also many checkpoints have been readied.
The regime is planning to force government employees, high school students and USDA members to attend the public meeting and all of them must go through many checkpoints.
"They order to attend the rally said 50 persons from each private factory would have to attend or else the license (to run factory) will be terminated," a manager from a factory in Shwepyithar township said.
Senior regime officials have been discussing withdrawal of the curfew which prohibits gathering of more than five people in the former capital.
"I think our township is arranging itself for our convenience. The Ward PDC members will go themselves and so will the USDA. I think only USDA and Swanah Shin will go together," a resident from North Okkalapa said.
The authorities have threatened municipal staff to attend this rally without fail otherwise they would be evicted from their staff quarters, a staff said.
The leaders of 'Union Solidarity and Development Association' (USDA) hinted that similar rallies will be held in Kyaikkasan ground. But observers in Rangoon said that it would be impossible as there are detention and interrogation centres on this ground.
The draft constitution, the first process in the junta's 7-point Road Map which maintains the role of the military, Tatmadaw in Burmese, to give the army legitimacy in future administration.
In such a pro-junta rally held in Myitkyinar recently, the people shouted "Our cause, our cause" instead of their prescribed pro-junta slogan at the closing session. This rare incident stunned the local authority.
To avoid such an incident again, they will screen all the attendees afterwards.
There is news circulating that some high school students are planning to protest against the pro-junta rallies to expose the bogus rallies after the brutal crack down on genuine people's protests against the junta.