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(en) Czech, AFED: A3: Against the junta in Myanmar [machine translation]

Date Fri, 28 May 2021 08:33:01 +0300


On June 2, a demonstration of solidarity with protesters in Myanmar will take place in Prague. Download, print and distribute the May issue of the A3 wall newspaper! ---- On February 1, a military coup took place in Myanmar, also known as Burma and bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. An army led by a group of generals led by Min Aun Hlain took power. They justified their move in the Trump region, ie without any evidence, with irregularities in last year's elections, which were overwhelmingly won by the National League for Democracy (NLD) under the leadership of the current prime minister, the well-known former president Aung San Suu Kyi.
From 1962 to 2014, the country was ruled by an army, initially protected by a specific form of the so-called Burmese path to "socialism", ie with elements of "Buddhism", later standing more and more in nationalist-conservative positions. The military junta (under pressure from the international community and internal development) admitted and subsequently managed the legislative democratization of the country itself, prepared a new constitution (on the basis of which the army controls all power ministries and a number of important decisions). This enabled, after many decades, some democratic elections in 2011 and 2015 (twenty-five percent of the seats are occupied by soldiers according to the constitution). Before the 2015 elections, the most influential military families were massively privatized. The country's military-led democratization took place with the idea that the names on the West's blacklists would eventually become trading partners.

Immediately from the beginning of the coup, large-scale protests took place violently dispersed by the armed forces. Their mass has weakened a little in the following months, but there are still demonstrations and various manifestations of dissatisfaction, acts of resistance and industrial sabotage are increasing, young people remain on the streets, various insurgent groups on the border have become active. These insurgent formations operate mainly in regions populated by non-bartender ethnic groups, which is about a third of Myanmar's population of 50 million. The army does not hesitate to shoot with sharp and uses heavy weapons against resistance, in border areas it reacts by air bombardment. This is causing a new wave of refugees. The junta is responsible for hundreds of dead and missing, thousands of wounded and arrested in recent months. There has also been an increase in the deaths of detainees, with bodies handed over to relatives often bearing signs of torture. The military regime introduced martial law in several large cities. It also often blocks the internet.

Portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi appear during some protests. In addition to winning the election and now being detained by the junta, which is preparing steps to criminalize it (as well as other people from the NLD leadership), she is a controversial figure. The daughter of a popular Burmese general, she received a prestigious education at Oxford, married a British academic, returned to Burma in 1988, and two years later won an election with her NLD party. At that time, however, she was already under house arrest until 2010. In 1991, she won the Nobel Peace Prize. During the process of "democratization", she won the election and served as prime minister. In 2016, the Myanmar army struck against the ethnic Rohingya minority, who professed Islam. Suu Kyi was completely silent about this, her office declared that nothing was really happening, at most that it was intervening against terrorists. As a nobelist of peace, she became the moral shield of the army during the ongoing genocide. Something like when Havel was the moral backbone of our thief transition to capitalism, driven by people who actually hated him. The UN has called the Rohinga attacks a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." But it was not just Muslims, the Christian community of the Kachin was also exposed to ethnic cleansing. So if we express our solidarity with the people affected by the military coup in Myanmar, we certainly do not include those former government officials who covered up genocidal atrocities with their silence and collaboration with the military. The UN has described the attacks on the Rohings as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." But it was not just Muslims, the Christian community of the Kachin was also exposed to ethnic cleansing. So if we express our solidarity with the people affected by the military coup in Myanmar, we certainly do not include those former government officials who covered up genocidal atrocities with their silence and collaboration with the military. The UN has called the Rohinga attacks a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." But it was not just Muslims, the Christian community of the Kachin was also exposed to ethnic cleansing. So if we express our solidarity with the people affected by the military coup in Myanmar, we certainly do not include those former government officials who covered up genocidal atrocities with their silence and collaboration with the military.

Since the beginning of the coup, there has been not only the will and courage to resist the junta, but also a passion for freedom that has brought together so many groups and communities that have been divided for many years (for the strategic benefit of the state). There is a general strike in many places, with factory bosses often working with the military to call on them to take action against protests and strikers. Burmese youth are building specific protest structures - from setting up defensive groups with metal shields to publishing samizdat newspapers to creating food aid groups. These include the local collectives of the global anarchist initiative Food not Bombs (FNB), which help supply food and protective equipment to the poor in the streets of cities, slums and refugee settlements. The FNB team has even opened a free clinic in Rakhine, Myanmar.

It would be good to impose an international arms embargo on Myanmar, but Russia and China are blocking all attempts to pass tougher sanctions in the UN Security Council, and Russia is still supplying arms to the Burmese army.

Unfortunately, Myanmar is just one of many countries fighting its own people, such as Belarus, Colombia, Turkey and countries with an apartheid regime that oppresses and kills "second-class" citizens on the basis of a racial key, as we can currently monitored in the case of Israel.

Solidarity with all opponents of authoritarianism and various forms of fascism! Solidarity with protesters in Myanmar! For the abolition of the oppressive structures of the armies and the police!

A3 ( May 2021) can be downloaded HERE . https://www.afed.cz/A3/A3-2021-05.pdf

Download, print, distribute!

The A3 wall newspaper is published by the Anarchist Federation every month. They are intended mainly for dissemination through stickers in the streets or posting in workplaces and schools.

Related links:
"We need global solidarity"
A call for international solidarity with the Civil Disobedience Movement
"We do what we believe in. We believe in what we do. "
Solidarity with those fighting the coup in Myanmar

A solidarity demonstration with protesters in Myanmar will take place under the organizational auspices of the Anarchist Federation, FNB-Žižkov and K115 on Wednesday, June 2, from 5 pm in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Prague on Wenceslas Square 51 (more HERE ).
https://radar.squat.net/cs/event/anarchisticka-federace/2021-06-02/demonstrace-solidarita-s-protestujicimi-v-myanmaru

https://www.afed.cz/text/7378/a3-proti-junte-v-myanmaru
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