August 19, 2016

Police disperse labour protest near Nay Pyi Taw

Police arrest a demonstrator.  Photo: Maung Hmwe
Police arrest a demonstrator.
Photo: Maung Hmwe

POLICE dispersed a demonstration held by employees of a factory in Sagaing Region yesterday as they tried to pass barricades blocking them from entering Nay Pyi Taw, arresting the movement’s leaders outside the capital.
“The workers from the Myanmar Veneer and Plywood Private Co Ltd factory in Sagaing Region did not accepted the offer from police to negotiate in accordance with the Labour Law, and when they tried to pass the barricades, the police broke up the crowd without hurting them,” said U Aye Thaung, the administrator of Ottarathiri District.
Before the crackdown, the protestors reached an agreement with negotiators to hold talks with the chairman of the Nay Pyi Taw Council.
However, the protestors ultimately rejected the offer from the Nay Pyi Taw Council chairman to negotiate with five labour leaders and attempted to pass the barricades.
“Legal action will be taken against the leaders of the protest, which was held without permission from the authorities. The remaining protestors would be sent back to Sagaing,” said U Aye Thaung.


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