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Naming of Bridge Creates Troubled Waters for Suu Kyi

Thousands of people protested in eastern Mon State against plans to name a bridge after Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, the latest flashpoint between her administration and the country’s restless ethnic minorities. The issue highlights some of the deep distrust among Myanmar’s patchwork of minorities towards the Bamar ethnic majority from which Suu Kyi and most of the political establishment hail. Lawmakers from Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party have proposed changing the name of local Thanlwin bridge spanning the wide Salween River to Bogyoke Aung San bridge. Aung San was Suu Kyi’s father, seen as the founder of post-colonial Myanmar who was assassinated before the country won its independence from Britain. Many of those protesting said locals felt their wishes to keep the old name were being ignored. The fight over the bridge’s name is viewed as more than just a symbolic designation, but part of a larger fight for ethnic self-determinati

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