Junta Likely to Restrict Tourists During Election

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Junta Likely to Restrict Tourists During Election

Message  thanaka le Mer 11 Aoû 2010 - 18:21

RANGOON—Burma's military regime will likely impose restrictions on tourists from entering the country during the planned election this year, according to military sources in Naypyidaw.

The regime has not yet set the date for the election. However, the source said the election will be held during dry season, which is the high season for tourists.

“Orders will come out in the dry season to restrict the entrance into the country,” an army officer based in Naypyidaw told The Irrawaddy.

He said the restrictions may include the screening of individual travelers and the suspension of visas on arrival. Also, tourists from the US, Europe and other Western countries will not be granted permission to visit during the election period, he said.

“I still can't say anything about the details,” he said. “But, I think security plans will follow right away after the polling date is set.”

An official at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said that so far no new restrictions on tourists have been received at the ministry.

Meanwhile, travel agencies and hotels inside Burma have raised concerns over the restrictions that may be imposed.

“The number of tourists has increased since they can obtain visas on arrival,” said a tourist guide in Rangoon. “Even now in the rainy season, there are a lot of Spanish and other tourists from Europe in town. Hotels and tourist agencies are fully booked for the coming tourist season as well.”

A hotel manager said if tourists are restricted because of the election, hotels and travel agencies will be severely affected since they will have to cancel all reservations.

A hotel manager said, “There are more tourists in town this year. Hotels and tourism are going well. We will suffer. It will have an impact on both the private sector and the government.”

A reporter inside Burma said the government fears that foreign reporters will enter the country as tourists and will try to report on what is really happening in the country during the election.

“After the monk-led 2007 Saffron Revolution and Cyclone Nargis, foreign journalists came inside with tourist visas to find out what was going on, and then they reported back to the international community,” he said.

During an official visit, the chairman of the Union Election Commission which oversees the electoral process told Kurt Campbell, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, that the government would not allow any foreigners to enter the country when the election was being held.

In Burma, travel agencies and tourist guides have to take responsibility to ensure that tourists who visit the country do not enter or take photographs in restricted areas.

source http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=19189

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L'opposition envisage le boycott

Message  Admin le Jeu 12 Aoû 2010 - 7:34

Le Parti démocratique de l'Union (UDP), l'un des principaux partis birmans d'opposition a menacé mercredi de boycotter les élections qui doivent se tenir en 2010 si elles risquaient d'être truquées. "Nous nous efforcerons de faire de notre mieux pour que les prochaines élections soient libres et honnêtes. Si nous pensons que cela ne peut pas être le cas, nous déciderons de nous retirer", a ainsi confié à Reuters Thein Htay, président de l'UDP. Quarante partis se sont fait enregistrer auprès de la Commission électorale nommée par les militaires, qui doit encore décider qui sera autorisé à participer au premier gouvernement civil du pays depuis près d'un demi siècle

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