– This is the darkest moment in the country and now dawn is approaching, says Mahn Win Khaeng Thane.
Like most of his colleagues in his former ruling National League for Democracy party – the party of imprisoned leader Aung San Suu Kyi – he is currently in hiding. The statement came on Facebook.
The protests are described as a revolution.
Mahan Win Khaeng Than said: “In order to form a federal democracy, all our brothers who have suffered from various forms of oppression have dreamed of for decades, this revolution is our opportunity to fight together for this goal.”
At least twelve dead
According to local media, more than 12 people were killed by the military council in Saturday’s protests.
In all, more than 70 people were killed in Myanmar during protests against the military regime.
The Quartet of the “Quartet” great powers, the United States of America, India, Australia and Japan have agreed to work together to re-establish democracy in the country, which, however, has much closer ties with China than any of the Western powers.
Several states are acting
A joint statement by the Quartet stated:
“As old friends of Myanmar and its people, we stress the urgent need to restore democracy and the importance of strengthening democratic resilience.”
Several countries have acted in response to the unrest in the country. Britain, the former colonial power, on Friday urged its citizens to leave Myanmar due to “political tensions and unrest.” South Korea announced that it will, among other things, suspend defense exchanges. Russia said it was “analyzing” the situation and was concerned about the high number of civilian deaths.
The Polish Foreign Ministry said a Polish journalist was arrested this week. In this case, it is the other foreign journalist who was arrested in the country during the protests. In February, police temporarily detained a Japanese journalist.
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is located in Southeast Asia and is bordered by China, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh and India. The country has a population of around 54 million, according to 2018 estimates.
Britain colonized the country in the nineteenth century but gained its independence in 1948. The army took power in 1962 and ruled autocratically until 2010, when a certain democracy began.
According to the constitution, former opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not permitted to become president and has formally held a special position as a national advisor. In practical terms, she was the true civilian leader of Myanmar.
According to the constitution, the military occupies a quarter of the seats in both houses of parliament. These positions are filled by the Commander in Chief.
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for his struggle for democracy, but during his time in government, he was severely criticized for not stopping the army’s actions against the Rohingya Muslims.
On February 1, the ruling National League for Democracy party announced the arrest of several members of its leadership, including Aung San Suu Kyi. Shortly thereafter, the army announced that it had seized power in the country. Since then, protests have taken place almost daily, and the army has killed more than 70 people.
Sources: NE, Landguiden, AFP