Friday, November 02, 2007

Arakan: Young Students Stage Peace Rally

Source: Myanmar News

Akyab, Arakan State: Young students staged a peaceful rally near Lawkananda pagoda on October 31, said a local in Akyab.

The young students, between the ages of 10 and 13 years, marched peacefully to the Lawkananda pagoda with red ribbons on their head without any writings, holding a red flower bouquet in one hand while another held a pigeon, he added. They were boys and girls from different schools in Akyab.

The students made groups of five and one row had five groups. There were around 100 students.

The students stayed at the pagoda from 2 pm to 3 pm where they released the pigeons and shouted "we need peace, not military rule".

The security forces of Lawkananda tried to divide and break the groups and send the students back home but they did not move from the pagoda compound till 3 pm.

Students in Akyab hung anti junta cartoon posters in the entrance wells of famous Buddhist temples and monasteries on the night of October 29, said a student.

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