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Youth activists urge "No" vote in referendum

Apr 8, 2008 (DVB), The campaign for a "No" vote in the May referendum is gaining further momentum, with two youth groups adding their voices to the calls to oppose the constitution.

Youth activist group Generation Wave called for students and young people to take action to express their opposition to the constitution.

A Generation Wave leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the group wanted young people to draw crosses on the walls of their schools and other public buildings.

"We are urging students and young people to draw crosses on walls to remind people to vote 'No' in the referendum," he said.

"This campaign is a chance for students and youth to participate in our movement against the military government."

The 2007 Generation Students group, representing students from the University of Marine Technology, Eastern Rangoon University and Thanlyin Government Technical College, also spoke out against the military regime's proposed constitution.

"The people of Burma should use their right to vote and say 'No' to save out country from falling into the wrong hands," the group said in a statement.

"Let's turn the national referendum into a national protest. Let's make out way together to the future Burma we all truly wish for."

One student from eastern Rangoon University said that people needed to take a stand against the government now for the sake of future generations.

"We have discussed the upcoming referendum with other students in the union and they all said they don’t want to support the actions of the military government," he said.

"If our generation fails to take on its responsibility, the younger generations will suffer. We want to explain these facts to people before the referendum starts."

Reporting by Aye Nai and Naw Say Phaw


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