Opponents of the military government in Myanmar announced the creation of a National Unified Government on Friday (April 16) with the aim of ending the military regime and restoring democracy. The United Government is comprised of ousted National Assembly members, leaders of anti-coup protests and ethnic minorities.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the February 1 coup that overthrew the civilian government led by democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
Since then, Burmese people have taken to the streets every day to demand a restoration of democracy, despite crackdowns by security forces that have killed more than 700 people, according to the AAPP surveillance group.
Along with the strike and demonstration efforts, Suu Kyi’s ousted political leaders are trying to prove to the people of the country and the outside world that they belong to the legitimate political body. not the generals.
“Please welcome the government of the people,” veteran democracy activist Min Ko Naing said in a 10-minute video speech announcing the creation of a National Unified Government (NUG).
Min Ko Naing said the will of the people is the priority of the Unified Government.
One of the United Government ‘s primary goals is to win international support and recognition.
“We are Myanmar’s democratically elected leaders,” said United Government Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Sasa.
“So if the free and democratic world deny us, it means they refuse democracy.”
International pressure is growing on the Myanmar military. Many Western governments have imposed limited sanctions, however this does not appear to affect generals.
The United Government has published a list of holders of positions, including ethnic minority members and protest leaders, emphasizing a unity of purpose between the pro-democracy movement and Minority communities claim autonomy.
Ms. Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the coup, was nominated as State Counselor, the position she held in the government was overthrown.
A spokesman for democratic politicians said while they were unable to inform her of the new government, he was sure she knew what was going on.
Sasa told Reuters the goal was to end violence, restore democracy and build a “federal democratic coalition.”
United Government leaders have said they intend to form a federal army and are negotiating with ethnic minority forces.
The Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, a group of international experts comprised of former United Nations officials, has hailed the creation of a United Government (NUG) as a historic event and said it was legal government.
Some videos posted on Twitter showed that in the evening in Yangon, people clapped their hands on a window and chanted “Our Government”. Then the sounds of explosions and gunshots are heard next.
While politicians announced the United Government, others opposed to the military regime continued to strike.
Yangon’s streets are largely deserted, residents said.
The military has issued an arrest warrant for 20 doctors on charges of “inciting dissent in the armed forces”. The military government is also pursuing more than 200 people, including several internet celebrities, actors and singers, for the same alleged charges.
In another development, the leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Myanmar, will meet in Indonesia on April 24 to discuss the situation. reported by Thailand and Indonesia.
The leader of the military, Governor General Min Aung Hlaing, is expected to attend as Myanmar’s representative, according to a Thai television station. However, the Jakarta Post said it is still not known whether this summit will feature representatives of the army or the old government.
Mr. Sasa said that ASEAN should not invite the “killer” Min Aung Hlaing.