Youth group doles out Vote No leaflets
At midnight, on 16 April, leaflets urging people to vote against the junta draft constitution on 10 May referendum were seen along the streets in Namkham, northern Shan State, according to sources.
Hseng Khio Fah
"Some people agreed with the contents of the leaflets while some were afraid to keep the leaflets so they tore them into pieces," said a civilian who wishes to be anonymous.
The name Moe Pyar (Blue Sky) was written at the top of the leaflets. T hey talked about the first president of Burma Prince Sao Shwe Thaike of Yawnghwe, Gen Ne Win and Senior General Than Shwe. The paper urges people not to support the 10 May referendum.
The paper comments," Oh, people of Shan State, don't allow yourself to be conned for the second time". (Panglong where Shans, together with Kachins and Chins, joined hands with Burma to struggle for joint-independence is generally regarded as the first con.)
However, there is as yet no response from the authorities yet concerning the leaflets, according to a source.
In March, officers from Township Peace and Development Council called on the people to support the junta draft constitution. They were threatened with 3 years imprisonment for failure to comply with the order.
"The leaflets signify that people are becoming intolerant," said a source.
An unconfirmed report says the group Moe Pyar is made up of youth and that there are over 100 people in the group.