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10,000 people sign appeal letter to Burmese president


New Delhi (Mizzima) – Prominent writer Dagon Taryar and journalist Ludu Sein Win are among 10,000 people who have signed a letter urging Burmese President Thein Sein to release all political prisoners in order to achieve national reconciliation.

Aung San Suu Kyi, on her knees, speaks to writer Dagon Taryar at the 92nd birthday ceremony of prominent politician Thakhin Thein Maung on February 2, 2011. Photo: Mizzima‘Many journalists have signed. Some well-known figures including Dagon Taryar and Ludu Sein Win have signed too’, Phyo Min Thein, one of the organizers of the signature campaign, told Mizzima.

Prominent politicians including Thakhin Thein Pe, Thakhin Chan Tun, Thakhin Thein Maung, Ohn Maung and Myint Thein, and film directors and artists have signed the letter.

‘The 10,000 signatures are from Rangoon, Oakpho and around Pegu. We haven’t received the signatures from rural areas yet. The organizers in the rural areas will send the signatures to Rangoon after they hold ceremonies to mark the signature campaigns’, Phyo Min Thein said.

An earlier letter signed by 408 people in Rangoon was sent to President Thein Sein on April 25. The campaign will go on for 30 days, said organizers. Letters will be sent to the president once a week during the campaign.

The letter was not signed by any members of Parliament, who told organizers that they had sent a separate letter calling for political amnesty to the president.

‘We are trying to gradually accelerate our campaign. I hope hundreds of thousands of people will sign the letter’, Phyo Min Thein said.

In Taungdwingyi in Magway Region, letter organizers who are private teachers were warned against participating in politics.  

The letter addresses four issues:
–It calls on the government to grant amnesty to all political prisoners
–To negotiate a cease-fire between the government and ethnic armed groups
–To hold a political dialogue with ethnic armed groups
–To welcome back exiled activists and refugees

Similar letter campaigns are being organized by Burmese activists around the world.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 May 2011 12:41 )  

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