Burma Times Desk Report: February 06, 2015
Anti Muslim groups are planning seven days of protest starting from Monday to condemn the parliament’s decision allowing white card holders to vote in the upcoming election.
Most white card holders are Rohingya Muslims whom anti Muslim groups say are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Protests are planned in Rangoon, the commercial capital, and Akyab the state capital of Arakan. Further protests will be staged in other cities if the government goes on with the decision to allow vote for white card holders.
Meanwhile the spiritual leader of the 969 movement U Wirathu said that he will organise protests if the government does not rescind the order.
On a statement released Tuesday, Rakhine National Party vowed to fight attempts to give white card holders the vote. The chairman of RNP Dr Aye Maung also said that he will seek a ruling from the constitutional tribunal on the issue to see of the move to grant vote to the white card holders is constitutional.
The National Democratic Front will also join the protests.
Meanwhile some Buddhist monks have expressed fears of their religion being harmed because of this decision.