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Myanmar's new government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), took office in March 2016 after the November 2015 elections. I' m not alone, at least," says a woman at the end of the film.
New Burma is beginning to look too much like old Burma.
The fact that the faction is headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, a much admired Nobel Prize laureate and long-time disciple, has only contributed to the expectation of drastic changes. And, while many Zimbabwean detainees have been freed, the new administration is continuing to prosecute some of the country's most committed campaigners - such as Harn Win Aung, who ran the opposition to a infamous coal mine constructed on the lands by expelled peasants.
There was no statement of the party's action. A promise made during the autumn elections was that a "political prisoner" would be legally defined. "But recently, when a legislator from one of the ethnical minorities was raising the subject in the House, the NLD refused to raise it.
In the last two month, while the Communist parties have reigned, peacemakers, workers as well as right-wing extremists have all been accused of violating protests against them. It seems that the democratic regime is very hesitant to dismantling the junta's repressive machine. Can it really be possible for a Burmese party of hundred or even thousand former detainees to become Burma's new underdog?
It is likely that Aung San Suu Kyi's defence counsel will appeal against such a characterisation. In this way, the pro-military quota will prevent the chosen administration from amending a constitutional under which the army retains full power over the defence and home affairs departments (including the police). Yet Suu Kyi's side has not convincingly stated its desire for a more progression.
At the time the army excluded Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidential term, her faction just made a new stand for her over the presidential term. Your faction must face the realities of the military's continuing leadership, but it seems able to move forward with a legislation that could change Burma's established authoritarian regime.
NLD inactivity seems less friendly, considering how the NLD consistently ignores the non-governmental area. Recently, when I questioned more than two dozen militants - from major domestic civic organisations to grass-roots groups - all of them complained about Aung San Suu Kyi's lack of willingness to involve her in the development of blueprints to solve the country's issues.
A lot of those I talked to said she showed contempt for her work, cast doubt on her ethic and challenged her relevancy in the new "democratic" Burma. That seems a particularly worrying laugh given the important part that the country's civilian community has taken in the challenge of the war.
After acknowledging the NLD's animosity, some campaigners have started to curtail their activities. The members of ethnical organisations have described their tokenist involvement in the countrys peacemaking as " elite, top-down? in contrast to the previous "common" integrative design" of militarys rule (as one ethnical campaigner remarked by e-mail). Even grass-roots campaigners have found the new surroundings repressive: "To be honest, the NLD hate campaigners.... If we hand out brochures on colonisation, labour abuse and so on, we will become the NLD's target," Ko Saleiq, a Rangoon-based campaigner, said to me.
"We' re former prisoner of conscience, we' re not scared of jail. "He emphasised that like him, campaigners want to be the first democratically elected government in the nation for years. Burma's view of Burma's democracies actually seems to mean a decrease in the country's authoritarian level, not a shift in the quality of its state.
The NLD seems in many ways more interested in making cosmetics changes than in tackling the country's basic issues. Aung San Suu Kyi's first female leader's actions were not to combat colonization or labour abuse, but rather a huge anti-throw initiative - a token act aimed at creating order through cleanness.
A further notable initiative is the recently suggested prohibition of Betelnuss, a slightly habit-forming carcinogen whose mastication creates the characteristic reddish spots on the spits that adorn the countryside's edges and aisles. It has also declared an aggressive and potentially catastrophic move of municipal occupants. "Instead of dealing with the high cost of life, they just think it's embarrassing that a good old town has squatters," he said.
" Instead of addressing these fundamental questions of politics and economics, the NLD would rather try to brush them under the carpet. It has its own democracies - after all, it was voted for by an overwhelming majority in a just vote. However, his view of Burma as a country has more than one side of the old, dictatorial Burma.
His contempt for non-governmentalists, his penchant for appearances rather than the essence of good government and his persistent bullying of political opponents suggest that the political parties see the peoples voice in the democratic process restricted to supporting those who will then take the decision. It is a crucial issue how this form of democratisation is accepted by the langmarginalised population.
The same oppressive tactic can lead to an angry opponent in a new, "more democratic" environment. As the NLD oppresses the people while disregarding actual issues, it can create genuine resistence - especially when the grudge for the political parties that some campaigners feel today becomes entrenched in openly antagonistic. "We, the campaigners, have transformed the land, not the NLD.
Peasants and laborers all over the land said to me that they trusted this "people's government" to solve their troubles. "I am confident that the new administration will not disregard our loss and our misery. The Burmese have been expecting to be looked upon with disdain by their army leaders for generation after generation. It is up to the political parties to listen - or they run the danger of estranging the very ones who have been helping to get them into office.