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US News Burma: the civil disobedience movement calls for not giving up

23:25  16 february  2021
23:25  16 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

New day of demonstration in Burma

 New day of demonstration in Burma © Provided by Le Point Coup, Burma, politics D Thousands of Burmese once again took to the streets on Sunday February 7, despite internet censorship and arrests , in protest against the military coup that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this week. Riot police were deployed in large numbers near the University of Rangoon, in the north of the economic capital of Myanmar, where the demonstration was taking place. No clashes were reported.

Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal of a citizen to obey certain laws, demands, orders or commands of a government. By some definitions[specify], civil disobedience has to be nonviolent to be called ' civil '. Hence, civil disobedience is sometimes equated with peaceful protests or It has inspired Mahatma Gandhi in his protests for Indian independence against the British Raj; and Martin Luther King Jr.'s peaceful protests during the civil rights movement in the US. Although civil disobedience is considered to be an expression of contempt for law, King regarded civil

The observance of the Independence Day in 1930 was followed by the launching of the Civil Disobedience Movement under the leadership of Gandhi. It began with th.

Manifestation contre le coup d'État militaire devant la Banque centrale de Birmanie à Rangoun, le 16 février 2021. © AFP - SAI AUNG MAIN Demonstration against the military coup in front of the Central Bank of Burma in Yangon, February 16, 2021.

In Burma, calls for civil disobedience against the junta continued on Tuesday, February 16, despite the toughening of repression by the army. It turns a deaf ear to the multiple international condemnations. The junta has once again indicted Aung San Suu Kyi on spurious charges. According to reports from the New York Times, the ex-leader appeared by videoconference for the first time since the February 1 coup.

Khin Maung Zaw, the attorney for the Nobel Peace Prize, confirmed this: Aung San Suu Kyi and ex-president Win Myint made a brief video appearance in the court. The hearing would have only lasted an hour, but the lawyer could not have attended because, according to him, the military "wants to avoid any public attention". A next session should be held on March 1st.

Extension of the state of health emergency, ban on virginity certificates, death of Jean-Claude Carrière ... the news of this Tuesday morning

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Enraged over the Centre’s stand on the formation of the Cauvery Management Board, the Cauvery Rights Retrieval Committee has given a call for a civil disobedience movement against the Centre. “At a time when things were about to crystallise the Centre has all but broken the pot. Besides, more than five crore people would be in danger of being deprived of drinking water sources, the Committee also said. As follow up , the Committee urged the Union Minister from the State and all MPs to resign, resolved to show black flags to Union Ministers visiting the State.

The "lady of Yangon" was already accused of having illegally imported a dozen walkie-talkies into the country. And this Tuesday, February 16, the junta brought a second indictment: it would have, like the former president, violated a law on the management of natural disasters.

The army maintains the pressure

These accusations, which seem fanciful, recall those which targeted Aung San Suu Kyi in the past: she had notably seen her sentence of house arrest extended because an American had swam in the lake bordering her villa which, according to the military, had violated the terms of its confinement.

But for Marc, an analyst in a private company in Yangon (who wished to remain anonymous), the army thus lets know that it is indeed back in power. "Everyone knows it's rubbish," he says. "And now we have the accusations of importing walkie-talkies and it's just to show the public that the military is back and that they're going to do whatever they want." »

Burma: 5th day of demonstrations, raid against the headquarters of the party of Aung San Suu Kyi

 Burma: 5th day of demonstrations, raid against the headquarters of the party of Aung San Suu Kyi © AP - STR Demonstration in favor of Aung San Suu Kyi on the fifth day of the mobilization against the military coup in Yangon, February 10, 2021. The Burmese started taking to the streets on Wednesday February 10 for the fifth consecutive day. On Tuesday, the army carried out a night raid against the headquarters of the National League for Democracy (LND), Aung San Suu Kyi's party. An action that shows the determination of the putschist generals in the face of calls to restore democracy.

Civil Disobedience Your active participation is required. ☮ The following resources may sharpen your wits… ~ “Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World” By: Michael Jacoby Brown (40 pages) A A number of communicative practices that activists deploy are identified and the ways in which information and communication technology (ICT)-mediated practices are embedded in roles and functions relevant to activists and social movements are addressed giving attention to the importance of social ties and

Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt. Civil disobedience is not only the natural right of a people, especially when they have no effective voice in their own Government, but that it is also a substitute for violence or armed rebellion. Not Giving Up .

Marc explains that« fear is real ». “Every night, people no longer sleep because they are afraid that the army will come to their homes to arrest those who participated in the civil disobedience movement,” he explains. We are all really scared. "

" The only way to say stop to the junta "

The Burmese continue to mobilize, in spite of an increasingly important repression of the army, especially the young people, between 18 and 30 years old, who represent almost a quarter of the population. They did not live under military rule or have very few memories of it. They have evolved in a country open to the world, in semi-democracy, and even if they hope that the international community can act, these young people know that it has very few levers to bring down the junta.

For Marta, a 23-year-old student in Mandalay, the civil disobedience movement is the only way to overthrow the military. "What scares me is that the military is in power," she insisted. "When they were there in the past, there was no freedom of expression, the country was blocked," she recalls. “Everyone who has ever experienced this is afraid of this oppression. There was so much corruption within government institutions and people didn't know about it because they were isolated from the whole world. I'm afraid this will happen again.

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Pro-democracy protest leaders on Saturday called on Sudanese to take part in acts of civil disobedience in a bid to pressure the military to hand over power after the deadly break- up of their main sit-in in the capital of Khartoum earlier this week. The call came a day after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met separately with the ruling generals and the protest leaders in an effort to revive talks that were almost dead after the dispersal of the sit-in outside the military's headquarters on Monday.

Civil rights groups in Cleveland have unveiled their list of demands and are calling upon activists to join them in protest against the decision not to indict the officers who killed Tamir Rice. When asked whether his call for civil disobedience was “inciting something,” Jones countered that McGinty and the cops who killed Tamir are the true instigators. According to Jones, the current criminal justice system has continually demonstrated that it does not care about the least among us, and many civilians are more concerned about damaged property than murdered black children.

Marta hopes "that the civil disobedience movement will gain momentum at the national level to stop the army so that the military can no longer control the country." According to her, "this movement is very effective, because the head of the junta, Ming Aung Hlaing, on the national television station, asked the officials to return to work." But she fears the army's methods of repression: “I also fear for those who participate in the movement because they get arrested during the night, others are forced to return to work. So I hope the movement wins, because that is the only way to say stop to the junta.

China's support is, according to experts, what allows the military to continue their actions. But after a crowd demonstrated in front of the Chinese embassy on Monday, February 15, the ambassador said on Tuesday that the coup and the growing movement of the population was "absolutely not what China wanted to see. ".

Malaysia: many questions after the controversial expulsion of a thousand Burmese .
© AFP - MOHD RASFAN In Malaysia, an immigration truck carrying Burmese migrants is heading towards the naval base of Lumut, near Kuala Lumpur , February 23, 2021. In Malaysia, it is still very difficult to know how a thousand Burmese were deported on Tuesday evening. The High Court of Kuala Lumpur had asked for the suspension of this massive operation, following the legal action of several NGOs, for which this operation in partnership with the Burmese junta violates international law.

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