Latpadan Student Protest March Update: 5 March 2015 12:00 pm (noon) #mmstudentsStudent protesters in Latpadan continue third day of hunger strike in Latpadan. Hundreds of police forces remain, blocking the path of students. There are check points with tight security from both ends of Lapadan on Yangon-Pyay Road monitoring and restricting the movement of travelers. Protest supporters and students from others areas who were coming to Latpadan have been denied access. Authorities surrounding student protesters and supporters have cut supplies, such as gasoline for generators providing electricity at sit-in protest camp, while allowing only limited water and food for supporters.Several students fell ill and went unconscious due to extreme heat in the past two days. There are concerns there will be more today. Free Funeral Service have been providing limited health care. Students said they have been negotiating with authorities in Lapadan on the basis that they would march to Tharrawaddy and from Tharrawaddy go to Rangoon by cars without marching. They would then hold two ceremonies at Shwedagon Pagoda and Yangon University and close down the protest march. Students then plan to form a monitoring body or watch dog to observe the process of amending the education law.Today at 10 am, 9 student representatives made a presence at a “Hearing Session” with Bill Committee of the Parliament, however left the meeting without participating in the session. They showed up to acknowledge the hearing but refused to participate in protest of authorities’ blockage of fellow student marchers in Latpadan. Speakers of House of Nationalities (Upper House) announced "Hearing Sessions" on draft law amending National Education Law on 24 Feb 2015. Hearings are to be conducted by Bill Committee with different stakeholders separately on different dates including one with student representatives.Parliamentary committee however claim they would proceed with the next hearing sessions as planned, although today’s hearing session with student representatives were unsuccessful.There have been different solidarity protests held by students, youth, civil society and general public in Pakokku, Mandalay, Pyay, Yangon and Irrawaddy in support of protesters in Latpadan and condemning the use of excessive number of security forces.
Tensions Mount as Clock Ticks for Student DemonstratorsAbout 170 student demonstrators and scores of supporters are under pressure to leave Letpadan, Bago Division, and return to their homes, though student leaders said they are being physically blocked by police.One young woman was reportedly hit by a police baton as the demonstrators attempted to breach a blockade of hundreds of officers around noon, but she sustained no major injuries.After successfully preventing the students from continuing their march to Rangoon, rows of police surrounded the demonstrators as they held a sit-in outside the Aung Myay Baik Mann Monastery, forming a complete blockade which prevented students from advancing. Local supporters have since surrounded the police. Students have announced that they have been on hunger strike since this morning.Bago Security and Border Affairs Minister Col. Thet Htun met with some student leaders this afternoon to try to defuse the situation. Students have been ordered to disperse by 4pm, but at time of writing there is no way for them to leave the premises. (All Photos: JPaing / THE IRRAWADDY)
Timeline Photos As many as 500 police surround students demonstrating against he National Education Law in Bago Region in Burma.The authorities have demanded protesters disperse or face crack down. The students are holding a sit-in hunger strike while trapped and surrounded by the authorities. They have vowed to hold the strike until police forces retreat. #mmstudents