The students in Monday’s march, from education colleges in Mandalay, Sagaging, Mowya, Lashio, Hpa-An, and Sagaing Education University, protested to seek the release of the eight students arrested on July 7, and the freedom to hold peaceful marches.
Eight of the students who led the march last month were charged with protesting without permission from the authorities on July 12 and 14.
At the July 7 march, one group of students marched from Seitpyoyay Bus Station to the old student union building while another marched from Sinyaytwin bus stop to the same site. While marching, they chanted “Release the students arrested unjustly,” “Let’s oppose fascism,” “Don’t forget 7.7.62,” and “Stop the killing of Rakhine people by a quasi-military government.”
Thar Yar Htwe, a member of the student union of Sagaing Education University said that the protest in Sagaing was held to show support for the arrested student leaders who were paying their respects to those who died in the lead up to the demolition of the students’ union building by the military in 1962.
“We think it is unfair and unjust that they were arrested for holding a peaceful march. That is why we are marching.”