As the arrests of coup opponents continue, the head of the Burmese military regime, General Min Aung Hlaing, on Thursday, February 11, warned officials and public service employees who joined the monster protests. organized across the country for several days.
“Those who have strayed from their duties are urged to return to work immediately in the interest of the country”, he said, urging the strikers to “Not to succumb to their emotions”. The general also called “Unscrupulous people” those who have dared to join this movement of civil disobedience, which may eventually paralyze the nation. In hushed terms, the “invitation” is a direct threat in Myanmar’s climate of peaceful general insurgency: what if these workers do not return to work? If they continue to defy an army which, in the past, did not hesitate to shoot at the demonstrators, killing several thousand people?
More than 200 military opponents and relatives of Aung San Suu Kyi, still under house arrest in the capital, Naypyidaw, have been arrested since the coup d’état of 1er February. The repression continues: the former right-hand man of the former leader, Kyaw Tint Swe, who had the rank of minister, was arrested at his home on the night of Wednesday to Thursday. Two prominent members of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the “ASSK” party, were also arrested on the same day.
The fact that the authorities immediately announced the release of some 23,000 prisoners is not without irony: the pardon granted to these prisoners is a classic measure of clemency, which often takes place on certain important dates in the calendar. Friday February 12 is the anniversary date of an interethnic agreement, signed in 1947, before independence, and which had for goal – missed – the “unification” of the country. This amnesty is in fact intended to relieve overcrowded prisons and does not constitute a particular gesture of clemency.
The anger of the Burmese does not abate: crowds of people continue to march in many cities of the country, with, among them, caregivers, teachers, railway officials, employees of the electricity supply sector. A movement whose scale can only arouse the concern of General Min.
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