NLD releases Martyrs' Day statement

Jul 22, 2008 (DVB), The National League for Democracy has reiterated its demands for parliament to be convened and political prisoners to be released, in a statement issued by the party to mark Martyrs’ Day.

The NLD called on the ruling State Peace and Development Council to immediately convene the people's parliament with representatives elected by the people.

The party also urged the military regime to immediately and unconditionally release NLD leaders Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, Shan ethnic leaders including Shan state NLD chairman Khun Htun Oo and secretary Sai Nyunt Lwin, and all other political prisoners including members of the 88 generation students group.

A recent article in the Burmese state media said that the enactment of the new constitution had rendered the 1990 election results obsolete and challenged the NLD to contest the 2010 election.

The NLD’s Martyrs’ Day event on Saturday was attended by about 600 people including diplomats from six foreign embassies in Rangoon and veteran politicians.

NLD spokesperson Dr Win Naing said the celebration was held under the watchful eyes of the authorities who blocked entrances to the road leading up to the NLD headquarters with military and riot police trucks.

Reporting by Maung Too

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