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Myanmar military commander is opening a line of communication with Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha detailing why a coup was staged to seize power after a democratic election in the state.

Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing explained why the Tatmadaw had to stage a coup and asked for help to support democracy. He alleged that fraud took place in the November 8 democratic election. The country’s electoral commission had dismissed the army’s complaints of fraud. Prayut responded by saying he always supports the democracy of Myanmar, but won’t interfere with its internal affairs.

“At the very least, we are supportive of the democratic process in Myanmar, while what we also have to do is maintain relations (with Myanmar) as well as possible because that will benefit all Thai people and border trade (with the neighbouring country). Thailand supports the democratic process. The rest is up to him to see how to proceed.”

Prayut says the issue is sensitive but warned that he was not supportive of anti-Myanmar coup protests inside Thailand. Hundreds of Burmese people recently gathered outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, joining their home country in the largest anti-coup demonstration in over 10 years.

Last week’s coup saw Aung San Suu Kyi‘s house arrest, after being voted in officially as a State Counsellor in a landslide democratic victory for the National League for Democracy on November 8, 2020. Her arrest now comes after being accused of illegally possessing walkie-talkie radios.

Her supporters say the reason for the arrest is bogus and are challenging the coup that has brought a halt to a unstable 10 year road to democracy. Anti-coup clashes on the streets of Myanmar have led to a woman being shot and critically wounded in which the USA and UN condemned the military’s use of force against the protesters. That woman, according to her doctors, is not expected to survive. One youth leader, Esther Ze Naw, says those who are against the coup cannot stay quiet.

“If there is bloodshed during our peaceful protests, then there will be more if we let them take over the country.”

Thousands of demonstrators took to the main city of Yangon, or Rangoon, which included hundreds of government workers and a group of policemen from the eastern Kayah state. The large protests have prompted the military to issue a night curfew and restrictions on gatherings in the state’s larger cities.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Mark Rama 4

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:39 am

    I’m sure general Prayut can advice. Of course he would start by telling MAH to appoint it’s own stooges to any electoral commission then would help with any inconvenient results in elections

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    Gosport

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Wise man

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      Singharacha

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Globalists are trying to overthrow the legitimate governments of Southeast Asian countries and install puppets in their service.
      This is neocolonialism in disguise.
      This is not the first time; they have done it in the past. At the moment they are trying again with Covid-19.

      In Myanmar, the mundialists almost succeeded, but luckily for Myanmar nation, the Myanmar army temporarily thwarted their agenda.

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    Fred glue

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:55 am

    What is democracy, I am 70 years old, and still don’t understand it. We all get one vote each too alect our leader. And we have a winner, that person is the intrim light house keeper for 4-years. Until we vote again….
    When that person is the victor on goes the iron fist. It might be your prime minister, or president.
    Australia tells other countries what too do, and so does Great Britain, and the eu, and last but not least the u.s.a president tells other countries what too do.i think democracy has gone past its use by date.
    What have we achieved under this banner. Sure we have got healthy & safety, but this Covid-19 is a different matter we will get through it some how. Is democracy just for peace and prosperity. Too buy a house these days you need a king of englands ransom. What do we do we go too the bank and borrow money too buy a house. Absolutely huge amounts too, 90% of it we borrow from the bank. A family of five in one house. Dad is the only worker, he takes home $900 a week. House payments a week let’s say $450. There is food bill, children’s school, insurance, electricity, car payments, children’s weekend sports, petrol & rego, water. e.t.c.
    And also payments for your council rates ever quarter. And they have got too put clothes on there backs.
    So I think democracy is having a lend of us. We can’t survive at this rate we need change too proceed how we all do this I don’t know. Things that we buy here in Australia is just so out of control. Even narcotic drugs are so dear.
    (So they tell me) Too have a $100 note in your back pocket & you go down the shop too buy a few things, you come back home $3.00. left .And you still didn’t get the things that you wanted. I have a grand niece who has been excepted in the university in Melbourne to the coarse that she has chosen,,, great & a lovely smart kid.
    It will cost a nice tidy some of $450,000. Australian, from start too finish. What’s going on there I said. That’s the price they said too me, pay or don’t get educated,,,, way too go democracy………..

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      Singharacha

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      You are right to ask the question “What is Democracy”.

      As soon as I saw the young Thai demonstrators holding up “Democracy” signs, I asked myself the question: do they even know what that word means? I immediately knew who was up to something.

      Western countries are not or no longer democracies; they are plutocracies (the power of the richest).
      These plutocrats are trying to get their hands on all the countries that are not already subject to them.

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      Alan

      Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 5:58 am

      At your age the focus should be meditation, and reincarnation.

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    Craig

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Don’t like what happened…then stage a coup.

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    Pedro

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    The Thai PM, having already staged a coup of his own, can barely criticise another Military mate from doing what he did himself. Of course he does not encourage the protests against the Burmese coup, it would be giving the green light to protest against his own actions. The people did not back the Military’s preferred party because they did not want them, hence the landslide. That surely tells the Military everything they need to know, as does the scale of protests against their coup.

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      Tony

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 3:50 am

      Dear PM .
      Can you advise on the on going situation that I have caused so as that I don’t loose face in this delema any advice would be gratefully appreated. REPLAY
      NO problem glad to be of service to you my dear friend,
      You will need to surround yourself with your most trusted officers and officials make them Generals and high ranking officials. Split the the Armey and police into to division’s so you will awlays have a back up if one decided to cross the road tell the people that there Will be free elections in a year when you have put all golf your people in position when the year is up tell them that there is more to be done so as to bring stability and you will look at having elections in the nrar future that should bring you another 2years
      If you feel all is going well you might like to step down and form your own political party and take over as leader with no oppesion or at least no other party been allowed to form a government you will be home and dry,
      All this has been tried and tested works perfectly I can assure you,

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        maxcorrigan

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:27 pm

        You forgot to mention the past present and future amnesty to protect yourselves and close honchos against any awkward future court proceedings etc.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    What’s Myanmar Tyrant number one asking Thailand’s Tyrant number one.
    “What is the most economical way of putting down demonstrators?”

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    “Dear Prayut, how are you my friend? How’s the wife an’ kids? I hope you’re keeping well and the bags under your eyes aren’t getting bigger and blacker…ha ha! Uncle Fester springs to mind here… only joking!
    Anyway, must be going, say “Hi” to the rest of your family. Take care.. speak soon.. Cheerio.”

    “C&@T!”

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38 people die “bloodiest day” since Myanmar coup – United Nations

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Anti-coup protest in Myanmar on February 14 / Photo by Htin Linn Aye via Wikimedia Commons

38 people died during Myanmar’s anti-coup protests yesterday in what the United Nations is calling the “bloodiest day” in the country since the February 1 military takeover. UN special envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener said the death toll is “shocking” and that the situation in the Southeast Asian country could lead to a “real war.”

Since last month’s coup, more than 50 people have died while many others have been wounded in protests against military rule. Witnesses say police and soldiers have opened fire with little warning. In a virtual briefing, the UN envoy said experts believe the Burmese police are using 9mm sub-machine guns to fire shots at civilians.

“I saw today very disturbing video clips. One was police beating a volunteer medical crew. They were not armed… Another video clip showed a protester was taken away from police and they shot him from very near, maybe one metre. He didn’t resist his arrest and it seems he died on the street.”

Burmese troops seized power of the civilian government last month, citing what they say was a fraudulent election, although the election commission said the vote was fair. A number of civilian politicians were arrested including democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had won the November election for state counsellor in a landslide.

Christine says more than 1,200 people are now under detention and many do not know where their loved ones are.

SOURCE: UN News | Aljazeera

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UN condemns violence in Myanmar as at least 18 killed in clashes with authorities

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The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has called for an immediate end to the use of force in Myanmar, after at least 18 people were killed in violent clashes yesterday. Those opposed to the February 1 military coup have been taking to the streets, with police and military forces opening fire in what was the deadliest day so far.

A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he condemned the use of force against protesters, which resulted in at least 30 people being injured and 18 killed.

“He is deeply disturbed by the increase in deaths and serious injuries. The use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable.”

The Burmese army claims that the parliamentary elections, in which State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi was elected, were fraudulent. She was arrested on February 1, along with several members of her administration. According to media reports, she is due to appear in court today.

The UN Ambassador to Myanmar also condemned the military coup in a General Assembly address in New York and called on the international community to act. He has since been fired.

OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani has also condemned the violence, saying the Burmese people have the right to peacefully protest in the name of democracy.

“The people of Myanmar have the right to assemble peacefully and demand the restoration of democracy. These fundamental rights must be respected by the military and police, not met with violent and bloody repression.”

After clashes between protesters and the military and police, deaths have been reported in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myiek, Bago and Pokokku, with Shamdasani claiming tear gas and stun grenades were used against protesters. She has slammed the use of force and condemned the arrest and detention of activists.

“Use of lethal force against non-violent demonstrators is never justifiable under international human rights norms. Since the beginning of the coup d’état, the police and security forces have targeted an ever-increasing number of opposition voices and demonstrators by arresting political officials, activists, civil society members, journalists, and medical professionals.

“Today alone, police have detained at least 85 medical professionals and students, as well as 7 journalists, who were present at the demonstrations. Over 1,000 individuals have been arbitrarily arrested and detained in the last month – some of whom remain unaccounted for – mostly without any form of due process, simply for exercising their human rights to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly.”

The military coup of February 1 came as Myanmar was edging towards democracy after years of army rule. It has been condemned by countries around the world and brought hundreds of thousands of Burmese onto the streets to demand an end to military rule and the restoration of democracy.

SOURCE: UN News

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Myanmar’s representative to UN urges strong action against military after increasing violence against protesters

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A representative to the UN for Myanmar is urging the “strongest action to be used against the military after it has used increasing amounts of violence against anti‐coup protesters. The latest round in violence occurred as riot police violently broke up peaceful protesters, arresting over 100 people in 3 major Myanmar cities.

Kyaw Moe Tun made the appeal to the UN General Assembly in New York asking for the international community to end the junta’s rule in his country, while displaying the 3 finger salute that has been adopted from the Hunger Games as a symbol of resistance from anti‐coup supporters.

“We need… the strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people, and to restore the democracy.”

Former UN ambassador for the US, Samantha Power, also tweeted her support for the movement.

“It’s impossible to overstate the risks that #Myanmar UN ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun just took in the UN General Assembly.”

UN envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, also agreed saying the use of lethal force against protesters was “unacceptable.”

So far, at least 5 people have been killed since the overthrow, which has seen police open fire on protesters. Thandar Cho, a street food vendor, says she saw police point their guns in a threatening manner towards apartments during the rallies.

“They beat young protesters with rods and cursed them while doing it.”

A Japanese journalist, Yuki Kitazumi, was also allegedly arrested according to a Facebook post by his assistant, Linn Nyan Htun, during the crackdown.

He “was beaten on the head by baton but he was wearing a helmet.”

The military has justified the coup by alleging that the 2020 November democratic elections, which saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy elected by landslide, were fraudulent.

Suu Kyi was arrested, along with other leaders, and is now facing 2 charges of illegally posessing walkie-talkies in her home and for breaking Covid-19 rules. But her lawyer, Khing Maung Zaw, is concerned as he has still not made contact with her, saying it is dire to get her permission for him to represent her in court.

“It’s very important to get her signed power of attorney before the hearing starts on March 1 because we won’t be allowed to act as her defence counsels if we cannot file (it).”

“Then Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be rid of her right of fair trial without a legal counsel.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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