The Civil Movement, silent since July 1st, 2008, has become active again. Its leaders J.Batzandan and O.Magnai have established a Union of Civil Movements that held its first general meeting on Thursday, March 11, 2010. The organizers invited around 1000 citizens, but more people came.
Many people came from the rural areas to the meeting. A herder from Khuvsgul province, D.Tsedendamba, said, “I will not say all high officials are bad. But those who are eating people’s money should apologize and resign. If they confess and go, the people will forgive them.”
Even though citizens from other provinces such as Arkhangai, Gobi-Altai, Khentii and Selenge had much to say, the meeting’s time was too short. Many people referred to the July 1 incidents. Ts.Enkhbayar, father of one of the five people shot dead that night, said the Government is like a barely breathing patient in the intensive care unit. “We, the people of
The Head of the National Soyombo Movement, B.Lhagvajav, said, “Civil representatives’ assemblies must have non-party members. If the members belong to a party, the assembly will serve the party, not the people. There are 400 judges working in
Afterwards, O.Magnai read letters to PM S.Batbold and Parliament Speaker D.Demberel. The first demanded the resignation of Minister for Internal Affairs Ts.Nyamdorj because of repeated crimes in the border areas and of Minister for Health S.Lambaa because of the loss of 30 lives from the H1N1 virus. The letter also demanded that Minister for Social Security and Labor T.Gandhi should re-institute the Child Money.
The letter to the Speaker demanded the dismissal of the State General Prosecutor who closed the case against peaceful citizens’ shooting on July 1. It also accused the controlling prosecutor of State General Prosecuting Authority, Gantulga, the assistant General Prosecutor and director of Government Representing Department, Bat-Orshikh, of sending many innocent people to jail. It also demanded an audit in the Finance Ministry and budget revision to MPs’ MNT 1 billion.
The meeting ended at 2 pm and participants headed for
During the meeting, General Regulator of the union O.Magnai answered media questions.
What do you expect the meeting to achieve?
The participants did not come here because anybody asked them to or to support a party. They came because their heart beats for the country and they will do what they can to prevent
What if your demands are not met? What further can you do?
Let us see.