Thousands protest Myanmar's government

More than ten thousand protesters gather to support opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Myanmar opposition party's 70-year-old leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets supporters while arriving at a campaign rally in Yangon ahead of the upcoming general elections, November 1, 2015.

More than ten thousand people gathered in Myanmar’s largest city Yangon on Sunday, a week before the country votes in landmark elections, to support opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The rally took place outside a Buddhist temple and it was led by the main opposition party, National League for Democracy (NLD).

"I want to tell you again to vote for us if you want to see real changes in the country," party leader Kyi said, adding "I have no fear at all to face or fight anyone as long as you support me."

Political tensions have risen in Myanmar ahead of the elections, which will be held next Sunday.

Supporters wave National League for Democracy (NLD) flags after Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech at her campaign rally for the upcoming general election, in Yangon November 1, 2015

Naing Ngan Linn, a sitting MP for the NLD, was attacked by a man wielding a sword and sustained an injury to his head as he toured the Tharketa township in his constituency.

Observers hope the election will be the fairest one ever held in the old British colony of Myanmar.

The 70-year-old opposition leader, Suu Kyi won the Nobel Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy.

In 2010, 40 parties entered the election, some of which were ethnic parties.

Military backed Union Solidarity and Development Party declared a victory, by taking 259 of the 330 seats in the 2010 election.

NLD did not participate in the 2010 elections because in 1990 elections, NLD won overwhelmingly but the military administration did not recognise the results.

The UN and some Western countries condemned the elections as fraudulent, but the results were celebrated by China and Russia.

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