Thousands of Mandalay residents, religious leaders, politicians and students took part in an event yesterday that organisers said was a way to symbolically stand together with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and support the State Counsellor’s handling of Myanmar affairs.
The rally was held at Manawraman Ground in Mandalay District in Mahaaungmyae Township and attracted a crowd estimated at about 13,000, many holding large posters of the State Counsellor and signs that read “We Stand Together With Daw Aung San Suu Kyi” and “May Mother Su be healthy”.
The Sein Duwa Mingalar Band entertained the attendees with music starting at 3:15 p.m. The event with an 11-point programme started at 4 p.m. and began with the playing of the national anthem. After a reading of the poem “Call God by Phone When the Time is Critical”, author Zaw Khaing Oo and comedian, author and director Chitsaya delivered speeches in support of the State Counsellor. The Sein Duwa Mingalar Band then continued to entertain the crowd with traditional music.
Members of Pyigyidagun Township, Myawady Mingyi Monastery, Myawady Sayadaw U Ariya Bhivamsa, Amarapura Township, Mahagandaryone Monastery, Bawa Alin Sayadaw U Thawbita and about 20 sanghas, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung and regional government ministers, Region Hluttaw Speaker U Aung Kyaw Oo and Hluttaw representatives, Regional National League for Democracy (NLD) Chairman U Tin Htut Oo and NLD party members, students from Kantetkone Masoyane Monastery, civil society organisations, invited guests and local elders were among the attendees.
The event was concluded at 5:50 p.m. by the singing of the national anthem.
By Tin Maung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)