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Myanmar protesters burn copies of military constitution

Myanmar activists burn copies of a military-framed constitution two months after the junta seized power, as a UN special envoy warns of the risk of a bloodbath because of an intensified crackdown on anti-coup protesters.

"They (the military) proposed those kinds of laws to do whatever they want, and that's why we have made this protest. We are organizing a burning (of constitution booklets) in protest because we can't accept this kind of unlawfully based constitution," said a 28-year-old protester who did not want to be identified by name. 

The same protester said he wanted to he hoped to join an "army" loyal to Myanmar's government in exile led by former members of Aung San Suu Kyi's ousted National League for Democracy government.

Social media posts showed copies of the constitution, real and symbolic, being burned at rallies and in homes during what one activist called a "constitution bonfire ceremony."

Ousted members of parliament, mostly from Suu Kyi's party, have vowed to set up a federal democracy in a bid to address a long-standing demand from minority groups for autonomy.

They also announced the scrapping of a 2008 constitution drawn up by the military that enshrines its control over politics. The military has long rejected the idea of a federal system, seeing itself as the central power vital to holding the fractious country together.

(Source: Reuters) 


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