New group formed to oppose referendum

Mar 20, 2008 (DVB), A statement from a group called the People's Movement Committee (National League for Democracy) said the group would lead people's movements across Burma to fight against the military dictatorship.

The statement said the PMC-NLD was formed in response to the military government's failure to honour the promises they made to the Burmese people when they seized power in 1988 by ignoring the results of the 1990 elections.

"The SPDC government has completely failed to comply with the international community's efforts to solve problems in Burma, abusing the power they hold and announcing plans for a sham national referendum," the statement said.

", The PMC-NLD vows to lead people’s movements across Burma to fight against the military dictatorship, for a development of democracy and to achieve a tripartite dialogue on discussion of the results of the 1990 elections."

The PMC-NLD is not known to be linked with the official NLD party, but does share some members.

Ko Khin Htun, youth coordinator of the NLD (Lower Burma) said that he was not involved with the group.

"I heard about the statement but am not going to claim any responsibility for it," he said.

Khin Htun said there were some NLD youth members and township level organising committee members involved in the new group but that he did not want to comment on other people doing what they believed was right.

"But I assume this might bring us some unnecessary attention from the government authorities," he said.

U Aye Thar Aung, secretary of the Committee Representing the People's Parliament, said he did not know much about the group, but shared their aims.

"We heard about the forming of the NLD People's Movement Committee but we don't know the details yet," he said.

"But I would say we don't intend to make any arguments about it since they have said they are against the national referendum, which is the same as our opinion."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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