The Rangoon Division Justice Department has filed a report with police requesting them to investigate and take action against whoever hoisted the State of Burma flag on top of the Divisional High Court building in Rangoon city centre on New Year’s Day.
Many residents in Rangoon were astonished while tourists may have been confused by the sight of the flag – yellow, green and red stripes, the same as the current flag, but with a dancing peacock symbol instead of the Myanmar star – which represented Burmese independence aspirations in the early 1940s under Japanese occupation.
The flag was hoisted by party or parties unknown at the High Court building on Thursday afternoon around 2pm while a rally was simultaneously taking place in front of the nearby City Hall demanding justice for the family of Khin Win, who was fatally shot by riot police on 22 December while protesting the Latpadaung copper mining project in Sagaing Division.
The flag was taken down after about half an hour.
DVB has learnt that a deputy-director at the Rangoon Division Justice Department filed a police report later in the day with a request to investigate and take legal action against whoever raised the emblem on the flag-pole.