August 19, 2016


By Zin Oo (Myanma Alinn)

Released protesters being taken home to Sagaing. Photo: Zin Oo (Myanma Alin)
Released protesters being taken home to Sagaing. Photo: Zin Oo (Myanma Alin)

35 labour rights protestors have been found not guilty

“OUT of 51 labour protestors who were detained after their protest was dispersed by police in mid May, 35 returned home yesterday,” said U Soe Aung, Deputy Administrator of Ottara District General Administration Department.
“22 men and 14 women totaling 36 were released from detention at the Yamethin Correctional Department today because they were found not guilty however the remaining 35 including Ko Khaing Min are still being detained for further interrogation” he added.
The owner of the factory and the Sagaing Region Government have made arrangements to reinstate the workers who were released yesterday, said U Soe Aung.
Ko Min Min, one the workers released, said they would demand the release of the remaining protestors as well as the full respect of their legal rights.
U Soe Aung, deputy head of Ottara District General Administration Department, has urged the workers to demand their rights within the framework of the law.
The General Administration Department brought back them home yesterday.
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, 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.


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