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Portraits of Arakanese leaders pulled from museum

Akyab, August 3
: The Burmese SPDC Military authority recently removed all portraits of prominent historic Arakanese leaders from The Arakanese Cultural Museum of Akyab.

According to our correspondent’s report, the 13 portraits removed were of the following Arakanese leaders; U Ottama, Dr Shwe Zan Aung, U Panya Thiha, U Sinda, Barrister-at-law U Tha Zan Hla, U San Shwe Bu, Bogri Kra Hla Aung, U U Tha Tun,Bon Pauk Tha Kyaw, ICS U Kyaw Min, U San Tha Aung, U Ban San and Sarama Daw Ma Mra Sein.

Many of the figures were famous leaders among the Arakanese community as well as in Burma, as they had lead the anti- British movement along with other Burmese leaders; others were well-known academics and scholars.

The local authority has utilized the now empty space to display a large portrait depicting the Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt watching an Arakanese traditional dancer, Ms Nu Mra Zan, a director of Information and Culture Department in Rangoon.

The Arakanese leader's portraits had been on display at the Cultural Museum, one of Akyab's interesting attractions for both domestic and foreign visitors, for the last decade. #

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