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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2961

Burmese students protest against the sudden fuel price hike

Rangoon, 20 August, ( A peaceful protest over the sudden unannounced hike of fuel prices by the military regime took place in Burma on Sunday morning.

The 8888 Generation Students Group made a peaceful march in Rangoon yesterday morning which started about 10 am and ended around 12:45 pm. approximately about 500 people joined them. Burma - crossing momentBurma - crossing moment

The march began from Koke-kaing and successfully ended when they reached Kyauk-myong market in Rangoon. Passerby people showed their support and solidarity by clapping and waving their hands at the demonstrators. A few police and USDA members showed up when the protest march almost ended.

The protesting 8888 Generation Student Group issued a statement on the situation of fuel prices.

The Group demanded that the military regime tackle the problem of skyrocketing commodity prices and soaring inflation rates. The alleged that sudden unannounced hike of fuel prices also would contribute in a big way economic and social hardships to the people. They also pointed out in their statement that the increase in the price of natural gas, which is abundant in the country, is highly irrational. Burma - 8888 Generation student leaders led the protest marchBurma - 8888 Generation student leaders led the protest march

Htay Kywe, one of the 8888 student leaders, said that yesterday morning march symbolized the current dreadful situation of ordinary people in Burma, as the people have to take “walk” as their best affordable means of transportation for daily survival at this hike of fuel prices, while the military elites and their catchers possess automobiles which prices range between US Dollar 75,000 – 250,000.

“Prices of the luxurious motorcars owned by the military elites and their acquaintances are shocking, while we all are well aware of the dire situation of the people of Burma as refugees, IDPs, migrant laborers, etc., “said Htay Kywe  Peaceful and silent march Peaceful and silent march

It is also reported that another demonstration too have taken place about the same time in North Okkapala Township, located in the outskirt of Rangoon.

Reports revealed that it will not be surprising if more and more people boldly come forward to launch ‘people-action’ in coming days or weeks, if the military regime does not come forward to resolve the fast emerging appalling situation.

- Asian Tribune -

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