A fortnight ago, on this same radio station, you spoke to us about the military coup d'état in Burma that stopped the democratization process in place.
Yes, the Burmese military coup d'état brutally interrupted the democratization process, and for more than a month now, the peaceful struggle engaged by the people has been opposed to the lightning and violence of the military power. At night, thousands of people bang on pots and pans and anything that makes noise to drive away evil spirits and demons. Mobilization messages circulate on social networks, a video posted on Youtube calls for the return of democracy and peace.
How does the military react to power?
They are increasingly deploying force and violence. More than 1,700 people have been arrested since the putsch, including about 30 journalists. Civil servants who strike will be fired; calls to strike are damaging the regime.
The most dramatic is the bloody repression: there have been images of security forces firing live ammunition at peaceful gatherings and taking away the lifeless bodies of demonstrators. The military state wants to conceal its bloody exactions.
More than 55 people have been killed since the beginning of the peaceful insurrection against the coup. Unfortunately, the UN remains divided to this day, and unable to respond to the "desperate appeals" of the population.
Yes, we can continue to pray for the Burmese people. On February 28th, one of the bloodiest days with 24 people killed (from reliable sources in Myanmar), including an unborn baby, Ann Nu Thawng, a nun of the Xavières Sisters, heard gunshots and screams. She decided to leave her convent and stand in the street, facing the armed military: "I saw," she says*, "young men fleeing from the bullets and being chased by soldiers. I'm old enough to know the reality of the dictatorship, so I knelt down and shouted, 'you can kill me but don't shoot young people anymore. The soldiers stopped, distraught. According to Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the nun's courage saved the lives of about a hundred demonstrators who were hiding in the church compound in Mytkina, which also houses the Fondacio mission locally. The image of this sister on her knees went around the world.
Sister Anne Nu Tjawng concluded: "As a religious, I pray with my sisters for the return of peace to our country. But as a citizen, I know that prayer is not enough and that we must act. »
*see interview conducted by Paul Sugy