Burmese democrats fall out over bamboo hat symbol
The party of the detained Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in dispute with a breakaway faction over the use of a bamboo hat symbol in an election due this year.
Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide election victory in 1990, with the bamboo hat as its symbol, although it was denied power by the military. Ms Suu Kyi and her supporters took to wearing the farmers' hat and it became a symbol of defiance to the ruling generals.
The military has promised to hold another election this year, although the NLD is boycotting it in protest against what it says are unjust election laws. But a faction has broken away from the NLD, which was officially dissolved after its refusal to register for the vote, and is running in the polls with the bamboo hat as its symbol. "We are preparing to make a complaint about their use of the bamboo hat," Nyan Win, a senior NLD member, said yesterday. "Their bamboo hat is just an imitation of ours." He added that the complaint would be filed with the Election Commission on Monday.
The election, a date for which has not yet been set, has been widely dismissed as a sham to create a facade of democracy in a country ruled by the military for almost five decades. But Khin Maung Swe, a founding member of the breakaway faction, the National Democratic Force, dismissed his former colleagues' complaints.
"This symbol does not belong to the NLD. The NLD has not applied for a patent," he said. Besides, he added, the design of his party's hat symbol was different from NLD's, pointing out two overlapping stars above the hat on his party's version.
Actress sees off speculation about her appearance in an amazing way
Review: Despite an uphill climb to see Jake Bugg in action, his performance is notably flat
Powerful images of strays taken moments before being put down
- 1 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery claims: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 2 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 3 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 4 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Australian jihadist Abdullah Elmir vows Isis will fight 'until black flag is on the top of Buckingham Palace'
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery claims: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Chicago voter tells Obama 'don't touch my girlfriend' – Obama stays super smooth
Oscar Pistorius: The brutal prison life that awaits disgraced athlete
Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
£30000 - £38000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Data Analyst - Lon...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + competitive OTE: SThree: Progressive in Manchester...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: IT Support Analyst - Chel...
£8 - £9 per hour: Randstad Education Chester: We are currently recruiting for ...