Some 15,000 ethnic people marched here on Saturday her to support draft peace deal between the government and armed groups signed in last week.
Under the slogan “Peace is expectation of all people; To a peaceful and prosperous new democratic state; Union Peace: Victory of Second Panglong Agreement”, the rally in northern Shan State of Kyaukme township was taken part by people of Shan, Bamar, Danu, Palaung and Kokang ethnics.
Peace campaigners also called for continuous efforts for peace, national reconciliation and political dialogues with ethnic people.
In Linkyay Township, southern Shan State, a total of 1,200 locals launched peace demonstration, with messages “Stop fighting immediately; Peace is essential for genuine democratic state; Anarchists are our common enemies.”
The protest organizer U Sai Aung Than said, “We got permit from authorities for this legal demonstration to support peace-making efforts in the country.”
A local also said, “Anyone who died in more than 60-year old civil conflict is our nationals. It is a loss for both their families and the State.”
He added their demonstration was aimed to prevail their thirst for lasting peace.