Standing together with State Counsellor

Yangonites showing solidarity with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Photo-Zaw Min Latt (Myanmar News Agency)
Yangonites showing solidarity with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Photo-Zaw Min Latt (Myanmar News Agency)

Yesterday afternoon many Yangon citizens engaged in a march to show their solidarity with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
U Zaw Min Htike, a participant from Maubin, said the State Counsellor is taking a firm stand in handling the situation in Rakhine. “She (the State Counsellor) does not take sides and is just in her actions,” he said. “That’s why we’re showing our support by doing this rally. We want the other countries to know the reasons we’re supporting her.”
Supporters gathered at the Thakin Mya Park in Ahlone Township and listened to the performance of Pan Ye Lan (Flower’s Path), a music troupe. The crowd started their march at 3pm along Kannar Road and ended in front of Maha Bandula Park in front of City Hall. The supporters of the State Counsellor waved banners in her name and image and shouted their support for her.
Pan Ye Lan then performed at Maha Bandula Park and several of the participants spoke out on their reason for joining this show of support for the State Counsellor.
“We entertained those who participated in the rally,” said U Thar Htwe, a member of Pan Ye Lan. “I want everyone to know that no matter how much international pressures is on us, we can overcome all obstacles if we the citizens are united. If every community and township across the country holds these kind of supportive events then it will give strength to our leader who is under a lot of pressure,” he said.
Similarly, Daw Yu Theingi Win from Shwepyittar Township said there is a tremendous amount of pressure on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from other countries and international organizations. “I want the world to know that Amay (Daw Aung San Suu Kyi) is with the people,” she said. “That’s why I have attended every event to support her.”
Members of political parties and civil society also participated in yesterday’s march. Responsible officials administered in clearing the roads for the safety of the marchers.
Ko Thura Soe, a member of the Humanitarian Group Myat Ku Thou, said they followed the event to provide medical attention for the marchers. “I think it’s a good sign that we are having events like these,” he said. “I welcome the people gathering together to show their support for our leader.” The public had held an event on 24 September in Yangon to show their unity and support on the State Counsellor’s current actions and decisions. There have been similar events in other major cities and it is reported similar future events are planned. —Zaw Gyi

People march in support of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Photo: Zaw Min Latt
People march in support of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  Photo: Zaw Min Latt
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