Sunday, November 18, 2007

Students Plan to Protest Burma Crackdown During ASEAN summit

Source: Deutsche Presse-Agentur via The Nation

University students plan to "make their voices heard" over Burma's crackdown on pro-democracy protests while ASEAN leaders sign a landmark charter that would create a human-rights body, organizers said Saturday.

Despite police warnings against any public protests, three National University of Singapore (NUS) students said they would walk with others in small groups Tuesday down Orchard Road.

With Burma's Prime Minister Thein Sein and Foreign Minister U Nyan Win attending the 40th anniversary summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), "We felt it would be negligent to do nothing," said a spokeswoman. "We plan to make our voices heard."

She said the protest would be "a gesture on behalf of Singaporeans who are afraid to speak out," noting that police action is expected.

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