Myanmar coup promotes minority-backed shadow government

Yangon, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military junta opposition declared a political attack on Friday to form a provisional national unity government with Aung San Suu Kyi’s exiled cabinet and members of major minority groups. ..

The move will take place on the eve of a diplomatic initiative to resolve the crisis in Myanmar by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which will hold a summit next week.

Violent crackdowns by military junta failed to stop opposition to the coup, and some ASEAN member states believed the crisis threatened regional stability as the military spread its fight to ethnic minorities in border areas. ing.

Opponents of the coup have sought an alliance with ethnic minority groups as a way to strengthen their resistance. Minorities have been struggling over and over again for decades to expand their autonomy in border areas.

It was not clear whether minority political organizations had officially joined the alliance, but the appointment of celebrities from their class is certain to boost morale for anti-coup causes, to a joint struggle against the military. Showed his commitment.

Security forces have killed at least 726 protesters and bystanders since the military takeover on February 1, according to the Political Prisoners Support Association, which monitors casualties and arrests. Protests and killings continue on a daily basis.

The National Unity Government is an upgrade from the so-called Committee Representing Political Assembly, which was formed shortly after a coup by elected members who were nominally prohibited from taking seats by the military. The CRPH sought international recognition as Myanmar’s only legitimate government agency, but only gained general support from those who opposed the military regime.

Military junta declared the CRPH an illegal organization and issued arrest warrants to its key members.

A video posted on social media on Friday showed that veteran activist Min Ko Nine announced the formation of a new organization. He is the leader of the failed 1988 uprising against the former military dictatorship and one of the most respected politicians in the country except Suu Kyi. He went underground shortly after the coup and seems to have been actively involved in political organization of military junta ever since.

“Support the national unity government for the future of our citizens and our younger generation,” he said. “People are decision makers and people will fight the final battle. Victory is coming. We must win the revolution.”

Details were provided in a social media statement by Dr. Sasa, a doctor and philanthropist. Sasa was the online public face of the CRPH, despite being hidden.

“Today, at the end of Yen Yang on the eve of Myanmar’s New Year, we are proud to announce the formation of a new Government of National Unity and the dawn of a new era for the people of Myanmar,” Sasa said. It was. “For the first time in our history, Myanmar has a unified government that reflects the diversity of our people, one of our country’s greatest strengths.”

The CRPH announced that Suu Kyi will retain his position as state counselor and Win Myint will maintain his position as president, both of which remain arrested and detained in a coup and supporters have political motives. Is complaining.

According to Sasa, the caretaker government’s vice president (acting president) is Dwa Rashira, the political leader of the northern Kachin minority, and the prime minister is Man Win Khaing, a Karen minority in eastern Myanmar. Mr. Tan. Elected Parliamentary Speaker.

Although Sasa herself is from the Chin minority, Myanmar’s government and military have always been dominated by the Berman majority.

It is not the first time in decades that opposition to Myanmar’s junta has formed a shadow government. In 1990, they formed the National Coalition Government of Burma after the junta refused to acknowledge the outcome of the general election, which won the Suu Kyi landslide.

The shadow government maintained its presence in Karen-controlled territory on the eastern frontier of Myanmar, but also acted as a lobbying group based in Maryland, USA. After Aung San Suu Kyi’s party participated in the by-elections earlier that year, it broke up in September 2012, winning 43 of the 44 contested seats.