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Burmese nationals rally outside UN office in Bangkok to protest against Myanmar coup

Caitlin Ashworth

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PHOTO: Nation Thailand

Hundreds of Burmese nationals gathered outside the United Nations office in Bangkok to protest against the military coup in their home country. Many raised their hands in the 3-finger salute, a symbol of resistance and democracy taken from the movie the Hunger Games and widely used in Thailand’s pro-democracy movement.

Some protesters held photos of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s League for Democracy Party. She had won the election in a landslide, but was arrested when he military seized power last week. Some held signs with her picture that said “We are together with you.”

Police say the estimate around 300 Burmese nationals gathered outside the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on Ratchadamnoen Nok Avenue. The protesters wore face masks to abide by Covid-19 prevention measures. The Bangkok Post says the protesters were ordered to end the demonstration because it violates the emergency decree which prevents public gatherings.

Last week, protesters also gathered outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok following the coup in the neighbouring country. Riot police dispersed the crowd and 3 Thais were arrested.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Tony

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    I feel sorry for these people .But in all realty the U.N. is a gravely train for the elite who sit on its council. They portray themselves as a big fire Dragon but unfortunately they have no fuel to light the flames
    Same old over and over again China or Russia veto any sanctions or milarty oppasission they will do nothing but bluster there response as they have in so many previous Coups and invesions in the past.

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      Toby Andrews

      Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:39 pm

      Yes I agree with you Tony. The UN are all mouth and no action.
      Stop their wages and they will roar like lions.

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      The edge

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:29 am

      Only Trump has called the UN out and stopped the payments. They are a leftist front and a waste of any money.
      What is funny is Thailand’s response asking them to live by the Asean pact.i.e. Democratic, open Governance.
      Anti corruption etc etc.
      Of course Thailand is a beacon of all these things.

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    vic

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Great opportunity to find new covid cases without disturbing local people…

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    Michael

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    After this coup, Myanmar looks like Thailand again.

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      The edge

      Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10:21 am

      5555. To quote Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha “We recall the purposes and the principles enshrined in the Asean Charter, including the adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” said Tuesday’s statement.
      Sounds like Thailand today so yes coming to Myanmar soon!!! Right?
      FYI. The Charter is a legal binding document. Also sounds alot the CCP right?

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    James Pate

    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:11 am

    A complex mix of problems. I find it interesting that the Burmese are finally getting some sympathy from at least some segments in Thai society. Although The Lady is a damn sight better than the Generals, she is also an entitled elite, the main difference being that the Generals have tanks and prisons and she doesn’t. Given her inaction on the Rohingya issue, she won’t get the international sympathy she once enjoyed.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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