Myanmar residents urge Japan to recognize anti-junta body as gov't


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an organization set up

Who set up this organization that claims to represent the people.

Where does their funding come from?

Who do they answer to?

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Burning BushToday  07:07 am JST

an organization set up

Who set up this organization that claims to represent the people.

Where does their funding come from?

Who do they answer to?

They are just a group of Myanmar people probably connected via Facebook, family and friends and community groups. Why do you ask and why does it matter? What funding? How much does it cost to walk down the street chanting? Why does there have to be a leader?

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GoodlucktoyouToday  07:38 am JST

They are probably too coward to protest in their own country and know they can get loads of money here. Hose and land can cost ¥20000 there.

Um, they are residents of Japan - it's their home.

Yes, getting money is the main motivation for immigrating from a very poor country to a wealthy country.

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On the one hand, we have protestors in world cities calling for governments to cease all contact with the juanta to pressure the restoration of the NUG.

On the other hand, we have the UNSC resolution from late last week, calling for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar as stated in an ASEAN plan,and calling for the naming of an envoy from the Association to address the crisis "without delay. The statement that was passed calls for the UN Special Envoy to Myanmar, Ms Christine Schraner Burgener, to be able to visit Myanmar "as soon as possible" (her previous request for a visit to Myanmar was denied by the military). Russia and China reportedly both asserted their veto influence to eliminate condemnation language to win passage. 

On the other hand, there is currently no mechanism to ensure the "immediate cessation of violence" sought in the ASEAN and UNSC consensus. If Myanmar's military crackdown on protesters and conflict with the multiple armed groups opposing the coup (the military calls them terrorists) continue, the ASEAN leaders who invited the junta leader to the table will lose face. ASEAN will face criticism if the juanta does not release democratic leaders and engage in political dialogue. Just by waiting this out, the juanta's seizure of power will become more of a fait accompli, and ASEAN will be blamed for giving the junta the international recognition they crave.

China, the United States, Japan, Russia and India are all power players in the drama. Foreign arms have been flowing into the country both before and after the coup. Each has its on stakes in the outcome, as well do the smaller countries in the time zone, who fear the spread of ethnic, religious and revolutionary fervor in their own civilian versus military power struggles. China is not happy that the armed factions have begun attacking Chinese-run factories and targeting Chinese nationals over the past several weeks; they would not be pleased if the political stability of Chinese border provinces such as Yunnan are caught up in the escalations.

The armed factions have their own luggage. Almost all of them have engaged in / supported persecution and violence of their own against ethnic and religious minorities that the particular faction finds contrary to their own idology.

All the while journalists on the ground are reporting that they are being so heavily influenced by both the military AND the combating factions that they cannot take neutral positions on the situation without risking their own safety. "It's no longer possible to write a report or analysis without making a clear commitment to the revolution or the military," one journalist wrote. The problem, he said, is that "many journalists no longer write what is happening, but what people want to hear." He said that almost all media outlets now engage in activism. "I have decided to stop writing anything for the time being, because every statement is misinterpreted," he said.

Then tomorrow . . .

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But whom would Kirin sell beer to?

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We are not sure the anti-junta is doing a right thing or not. We do not know about Myanmar very well.

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Sadly, no word yet over whether anyone plans their post-grad thesis and boards over the question, "Is Myanmar The Next North Korea"?

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Who set up this organization that claims to represent the people.

Where does their funding come from?

Who do they answer to?

You are referring to the junta here, aren't you?

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No sweat, Japan will possibly " start carefully considering it from comprehensive perspective" and set up some meetings...check in again in 2023.

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Nice idea but the Japanese government will always put money before morality.

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