At least 38 people have been killed after Myanmar’s security forces opened fire on peaceful anti-coup protesters in multiple towns and cities, in the worst day of violence since the military coup last month.
“The European Left is condemning the military coup in Myanmar and is standing on the side of the protesters and the democratic forces. We strongly support the demands to restore the democratic order immediately and for Myanmar’s elected leaders to be released” comments Heinz Bierbaum, the President of the European Left.
As ten years ago, after almost half a century of military dictatorship, the generals embarked on the experiment with democracy, they did so on the basis of a constitution that ensured the armed forces continued political influence. But they never got used to share the power. When Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the last election, the military sow their own positions endangered. They spoke of “election fraud” and started a illegal military coup.
Since than hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Myanmar in defiance of the military junta. “According to multiple reports police and military used live ammunition, as well as tear gas and rubber bullets to stop the protest. The violence against the protesters and the killing must stop now!” says Heinz Bierbaum.