In Burma, the hope crushed by the army

Editorial of the " World ". One month after the military coup that overthrew the legitimate government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the burmese junta seems deter

In Burma, the hope crushed by the army

Editorial of the " World ". One month after the military coup that overthrew the legitimate government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the burmese junta seems deter

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02 mart 2021 Tuesday 08:39
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In Burma, the hope crushed by the army

Editorial of the " World ". One month after the military coup that overthrew the legitimate government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the burmese junta seems determined to put an end by a brutal crackdown on the broad popular resistance movement that has taken hold of the country. Sunday, 28 February, the security forces have opened fire on the protesters, in a coordinated manner, in several cities of the country. A heavy toll : at least ten-eight dead, according to the UN, more than two dozen other credible sources, hundreds of injuries and arrests.

Burma and returned with a cycle morbid expectations democratic crushed by the army, which has already crushed in the blood of the powerful movement of 1988, led by the students, and then that of 2007, which was launched by the buddhist monks. At the head of the democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi was again locked up, this time under house arrest in Naypyidaw, the administrative capital. She briefly appeared on Monday, 1 march to court for the charges to whimsical ; it all suggests that this procedure is going to be no end in sight.

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The population and its democratic representatives, largely victorious in the general elections of November 2020, however, appear determined. Unlike previous revolts, they continue to communicate extensively with the outside world : the army, who is also in need of the Internet, has not managed to silence the social networks. Asia and the world stay informed with the aid of images, often dramatic, on the situation in Burma.

the elected representatives of The party of Aung San Suu Kyi, the national democracy, at least those who have not been arrested, are organized into "committees representative of the Parliament" in order to maintain the link with the international community, the junta considers dangerous enough to ban foreign embassies, while contact with these " entities illegal ".

She was also accused of "treason" and dismissed the ambassador of Myanmar to the united nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, who, the voice tight with emotion, on Saturday denounced the coup before the general Assembly of the united Nations and has asked his peers to not recognize their authors.

Drop in economic activity

democratic countries are also in a situation that is sadly familiar about Burma : how to make pressure on the leaders of this all-powerful army ? What sanctions choose to weaken the junta without the public paying the price, while avoiding to leave the field open to China ? The administration Biden, who has made "values" and human rights one of the axes of its diplomacy, is here put to the test. The european Union is working on "targeted measures" likely to affect the interests of the military, who control whole sectors of the burmese economy.

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It is necessary to refine these devices, and coordinate, where appropriate, with the private companies in western incurred in Burma, if they are partners of military undertakings. Some companies, such as the energy company australian Woodside, have announced their withdrawal from the country. The junta observes certainly with concern at the fall in economic activity in Burma in February, due to the massive movement of protest. Finally, it is also incumbent upon the Association of the countries of South-East Asia, Asean, of which Myanmar is a member, to find the courage to face this situation destabilizing in its own environment.

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Updated: 02.03.2021 08:39
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