Thantlang protest demands amendments to constitution
12 July 2015 — Residents in Thantlang town, Chin State took to the streets yesterday, demanding an amendment to Article 261 of the 2008 constitution.
They said that they would like to request amendments to the Article in accordance with the public’s wishes.
Siang Cung Bik, an event organizer, said in the Hakha Post that they had mainly opposed the provision that the State chief minister would be appointed by the Union president.
He added that they had called for the chief minister to be elected and for the establishment of a genuine federal State government.
They also called for an amendment to Article 436 which says that the prior approval of more than 75 per cent of all the representatives of the Union Assembly (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) is required to amend most provisions of the constitution.
Organizers said that they had peacefully marched along the main road and that officials from the Immigration and Population Department, and the Police Force had provided security services.#