After what organisers say was their third request, authorities in Mandalay Region have given permission for Pyin Oo Lwin residents to demonstrate in favour of changing the constitution.

The protest, scheduled for March 23, will cover a number of topics, including annulling section 59(f) and amending section 436 – which determine eligibility for the presidency and the process of changing the constitution respectively – and reducing the number of military representatives in the hluttaw, said U Ko Gyi, who was among those applying for permission.

“Most people don’t know which points are good or bad in the constitution. So we will show people about it by protesting. It’s just to open people’s eyes,” U Ko Gyi said, adding that the event will include three speakers who will debate the strengths and weaknesses of the 2008 Constitution.

The ethnic peace process will also be among the topics raised, he said.

The demonstration will begin near city hall and end at One One tea shop on Kandawgyi Kanpat Road. About 500 people are expected to attend.

Translation by Thiri Min Htun