Nay Pyi Taw, July (30)
The military council has reportedly put imprisoned State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, allowing her to meet with some top officials during the second week and late July.
The state of emergency, which was extended to justify the abnormal situation of the country by the military council, is about to expire.
On the other hand, the resistance battles driven by the military coup have reached a point where the people and the ground situation are demanding permanent removal of the military from the federal democratic union and Myanmar’s political arena.
U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, said, “In the current situation, we cannot solve the Myanmar crisis just by releasing Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and allowing her to meet with some stakeholders”.
Some international media reported, citing an NLD party official, on July 28 that imprisoned public leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had been moved from the prison to a state-owned high-level venue.
According to an NLD party official, Aung San Suu Kyi met with Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat and planned to meet with Mr. Deng Xijun, Special Envoy for Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, who recently arrived in Myanmar. However, General Zaw Min Tun, the spokesperson of the Military Council, has yet to reveal whether or not Deng Xijun will be allowed to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
“The military council that made an attempt to use Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is lying to the public in the same way that previous military dictators did,” said Dr. Hla Kyaw Zaw, an expert on China-Myanmar relations, “The military council’s goal is to retain their power. This indicates that the military council’s performance in all economic, political, and diplomatic affairs has deteriorated”.
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since the last military coup, and the junta Special Court sentenced her to 33 years in prison for 19 cases.
The military council did not allow the efforts of diplomats from international organizations, including ASEAN, to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and after the Thai Foreign Minister had the first opportunity to meet with her on July 9, some diplomats from Asian countries also requested to meet with her.
U Kyaw Zaw, the presidential spokesperson of the National Unity Government (NUG) told Than Lwin Times that the action of the military council is an attempt to use Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as hostage diplomacy, and there is no reason to cause discord among the revolutionary forces because of this issue.
The leader of the multi-village people strike committee, including Yinmarbin and Salingyi, said even though the military council considers choosing the path of dialogue using Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, they will continue to fight until the long-awaited new federal union is achieved. This revolution, rather than freeing Daw Aung San and other leaders, is a struggle to get all the people out of the hands of the military dictatorship.
Political analysts point out that the military council, which has been defeated in ground battles and political and diplomatic affairs during the nearly two and a half years of the military coup, is taking steps to exploit Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Allowing jailed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with foreign diplomats and special representatives under house arrest, on the other hand, is an old tactic practiced by successive military dictators.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will have to decide whether to return to the path of reconciliation with the military council or to ask the military to leave Myanmar’s politics, and the people want her to stand with them as a leader who has always favored the people.
News – Than Lwin Times
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