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Burma's poor population ( "Myanmar") has been living under a violent army regime for half a century.
Burma's poor population ( "Myanmar") has been living under a violent army regime for half a Century. Though Burma has not seen the kind of massive famine that has occurred in the so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea, relentless warfare has raged against many communities striving for independence. Up until recently, the army, led by General Than Shwe, formed the State Council for Peacemaking and Development: a ruling party that supported its vision of freedom and progress by locking up pro-democracy supporters in the towns, hindering the delivery of human assistance in the Danube River valley, and assassinating guerillas and cavalry in the more remote Oriental Monta.
Suppression has created extreme hardship for the Myanmar population. Unfortunately, these penalties do not help to foster democratisation or alleviate the situation of the Burmese population. Since China, India and other Asiatic countries are operating in Burma's market, there was no shortage of opportunities for Shwe & Co. to move and distribute their ill-gotten profits.
This is how Shwe announced the end of reign. A large number of militia officials left the armed forces. A vote was called and Burma started a charms campaign oversee. Indigenous democratic campaigners were hoping that the trial would be a precursor to transformation. International defenders of fundamental freedoms were hoping that the trial would trigger the beginning of the overhaul.
It was in 1990 when the government stupidly permitted free elections and supported the vast majority of Aung San Suu Kyi, a honored general's subsidiary who contributed to gaining Burma's post-war independency. They had to cancel the elections, detain Suu Kyi and oppress her political group, leading to internal massacres and world slander.
On this occasion, the Burmese government resolved to impose a "disciplined democracy". "After the SPDC had written a new bill and drawn up new electoral regulations to secure its dominance, the army elected former General Thein Sein as prime minister. In addition, the army garanteed itself a number of lawmaking positions, banned its most perilous adversaries (including today's Nobel laureate Suu Kyi) from racing, banned its own electoral criticisms and placed the counting of votes in its own hand.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (the SPDC's former civilian organization) won an unprecedented win last November. Ever since, the administration has imprisoned democratic defenders in the towns, controlling entry to the countryside and killing guerillas and cavalry in the more remote east hill.
Over 100,000 people from Burma were evicted across the Thai frontier and thousands were driven out of their own countries. Landmines were planted in the green East Burmesian countryside, resulting in paralyzing man wounds and expensive cattle kill. A Suu Kyi was released from her home detention after the elections and a female secretary of the Chinese cabinet spoke to her last weekend, but she is excluded from political participation, her political parties stayed outlawed and many of her staff stay in jail.
Moreover, the regime has not so subtlely threated force ("chaos and unrest") at her when she is travelling outside Rangoon. By May 2003, a military-inspired crowd of more than 70 of their followers had been nearly slaughtered. In 2007, when several thousand Buddhist friars led a string of non-violent demonstrations against the regime known as the "Saffron Revolution," the Myanmar administration reacted with disgraceful cruelty.
Protesters were gunned down, prisoners were arrested. They even beat and imprison the worshipped friars in Burma's population. While the old Social Democratic Party (SPDC) approved a ceasefire with some minority groups, it started a new attack against the Karen tribe just after the November poll. At the beginning of the year, the new "civilian" regime started similar assaults against the Shan in the northern hemisphere and urged fugitives to China.
Those who made Burma successful just took off their clothes and put on their overalls. Thein Sein's new diary on "national reconciliation" is another way of saying "military rule". Only a few countries officially protect the Myanmar militia, but their neighbours are benefiting from trading in tea wood and other natural ressources. ASEAN member states are dreaming of better days in Rangoon, but are doing nothing; in fact, Burma is to take over the presidency of this organisation in 2014.
Unfortunately, the Myanmar Gorbachev has not shown up yet.