Away from the presidential nomination spotlight, 10 March also marks the one-year anniversary of the violent police crackdown on student protestors in Latpadan.
Around 1,500 farmers from Mandalay Division marched through Pyin Oo Lwin demanding the return of 300,000 acres of farmland allegedly confiscated by the government and private companies.
Local farmers from Pegu Division started brawling with police after a court hearing led to five persons being charged with defamation of the state for invoking a curse on the govt by burning a coffin in a spirit-ritual.
Activists Nay Myo Zin and Win Cho have been sentenced to three months imprisonment for leading a protest calling for farmers’ rights.
Four people have been arrested in Mandalay and two in Rangoon for protesting against a government-backed energy price hike, which will come into effect on 1 April.
Residents in Irrawaddy Division’s Henzada staged a protest demanding citizen rights, constitutional reforms and the abolishment of Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law.