Salin NLD members arrested for referendum pamphlets

May 7, 2008 (DVB)-Three National League for Democracy members in Magwe division’s Salin township have been arrested after distributing an NLD pamphlet containing information on how to vote in the upcoming referendum.

Daw Khin Saw Htay, coordinator of the Magwe NLD women’s wing, said Ko Aung Soe, Ko Win Shwe and Ko Thein Lwin were arrested at around 9am on Tuesday.

"They were arrested by Salin police on the instructions of the township authorities for possession of copies of the NLD’s statement which provides details on how to vote in the referendum and its procedures."

"There is nothing illegal in the statement, it only provides information on how to vote in the referendum. There is nothing against the referendum in it , the statement even encourages people to participate in the vote."

The national referendum on the military regime’s draft constitution is due to be held in most of the country on 10 May, despite the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis.

The vote has been postponed until 24 May for some of the worst-affected townships in Rangoon and Irrawaddy divisions.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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