Supporters of NLD remember ‘8.8.88’ protests; UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights meets senior members of NLD and NUP
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  • Supporters of the National League for Democracy (NLD) donned black clothes to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1988 uprising on August 8, which the military authorities had crushed. They held a commemorative rally at Yenangyaung Township. No arrests were however reported even though security was tightened in Rangoon1.

    Reports noted that Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, met senior members of NLD and National Unity Party (NUP) on August 6. The NLD leaders briefed the UN envoy on the recent national constitutional referendum, and reiterated their demand for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. They also explained their objections to the forcible entry into the party headquarters of government-backed civil organizations, including the Union Solidarity and Development Association and Swan Arrshin2.