The military rulers in the former Burma are trying to break any resistance. Now they label the opposition as terrorists and put thousands of uncomfortable teachers on leave.
Yangon (AP) – After the coup in Myanmar, the military junta wants to crack down on the opposition. The generals stated that the counter-government formed by their opponents was a terrorist organization.
Its members had incited people in the country to violence, state television said. The covert “Government of National Unity” (NUG) includes politicians from the impotent government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the protest movement and representative of ethnic minorities. Despite all the threats, protests against the junta continued throughout the weekend.
The military government also suspended about 10,000 teachers who did not like it in the Southeast Asian country. According to the teachers’ association, teachers at 33 universities who refused to work under the putschists are being hit.
“I am not sad to lose my job because I will get it back if we win,” said a former lecturer at the German news agency. According to the teachers’ association, about 70 percent of teachers have joined the “Civil Disobedience Movement” (CDM), which is fighting for a return to democracy.
The army in former Burma staged a coup d’état on February 1 and deposed Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, 75. Since then, the country with more than 50 million inhabitants has been immersed in chaos and violence. The military tries to brutally suppress any resistance. At least 776 people have died since the coup, according to estimates by the prisoner aid organization AAPP. More than 4,800 were arrested.
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