Thu 7 Aug 2014
Filed under: Naypyitaw,News
Another protest in the Ayeyarwady delta in support of former Minister for Religious Affairs U San Sint was scheduled to take place over the weekend, organisers said.
U San Sint was sacked on June 19 and initially charged with misusing public funds and abetment. A sedition charge was added on July 22.
However, the government said that he was sacked because of his defiance of the president rather than for committing criminal offences.
A former Ayeyarwady Region Hluttaw speaker, U San Sint commands a loyal following in the delta because of his handling of land disputes in 2011 and 2012.
The protest will be held in Dedaye from 10:30am on August 9 and organiser U Aung Kyaw San said more than 100 people are expected to participate.
“The situation for Ba San Sint is going from bad to worse. We are expecting the Union Government would listen to and respect the public’s voice but they didn’t. They even added more charges against him,” he said.
“It is nature that you can’t win love from all people. We have no idea of who is against him but we love him and are expecting the government to do something good about his case.”
The protest is the second held in support of the former general. The first took place in the state capital Pathein on July 1.
Protest organiser U Tun Tun Oo, a member of the Human Right Watch and Defend Network, was charged under section 18 of the peaceful protest law following the demonstration because police said they did not give permission for it to take place.