Defiant Recalcitrant Myanmar Military Junta

Defiant Recalcitrant
Myanmar Military Junta

Dr San Oo Aung

The SPDC military regime was under tremendous international pressure for its bloody violent and inhumane crackdown on peaceful protesters led by revered Buddhist monks, peaceful demonstrators and activists. Thanks to the internet, ICT, mobile and satellite communication technology and the digital photo and movie equipments, now only the world understands and believes the news about Myanmar Tatmadaw’s atrocities keep on trickling out of the country regularly in about half of the century. Now only, the whole world could accept the truth that Myanmar Tatmadaw would dare to do anything on earth to the minority ethnic races and religious groups away from the public scrutiny in the small towns, in the jungles as they had witness with their own eyes and could draw a conclusion that if they could do these atrocities even on the unarmed, peaceful, revered monks in the centre of the biggest cities in front of all the people, the crimes against humanity, genocide, ethnic cleansing, rape, torture, forced relocation, murder, rape etc by the Myanmar Tatmadaw on its ethnic minorities, religious minorities, Depayin Messacre, 1988 Massacre, 1962 dynamiting of the Rangoon University Students Union building with the student leaders inside, NLD members and opposition politicians are credible and possible. There is no smoke without the fire!

The whole world witnessed that Senior General Than Shwe and SPDC Junta had clearly committed the crimes against the humanity during the latest incident.   But SPDC never shown any remorse, regret, sorrow, repentance, take the accountability, take responsibility, any shame, do not feel guilty or intimidated, and do not own up the blame. Furthermore they keep on continuing with their atrocities and are openly declaring that they are right, the victims are wrong and are going to round up those “guilty” people and monks who dare to demonstrate against the Junta.

They are in a ‘Defiant mode’, even blaming the unfortunate victims. They announced in their newspapers that if the monks never come out to protest, they would not be arrested nor killed. The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a government mouthpiece, said that if the monks had remained in their monasteries, “the government would not have used force to prevent protests.”

Deeds are more important than words. We could try to understand that the SPDC Generals are shy to admit their faults or crimes. Their acts and behaviors could be easily described in Burmese_

Ma Yae thay lae_Pyae Khae sae.


Even if it is very difficult to say sorry, they should not act deaf and dumb to the cries of the Burmese Buddhist Monks and ordinary poor citizens. They should heed the advices of UNSC, the Western Democratic countries’ voices and of their cronies ASEAN and close supporters China and

Now they are far from redemption or salvation. We all should not forgive nor forget their Crimes against Humanity committed on the unarmed civilians and peaceful revered monks. Just look at the stubborn Junta’s continuous committing of atrocities in their country called

A Buddhist monk had been jailed for seven and a half years for taking part in protests against the junta. Eik Darea, 26, was the first monk known to have been sentenced for his part in protests led by monks in several cities around the former Burma. He was also defrocked and could end up in a labour camp. “He was arrested in Maungdaw, on the Bangladesh border. He was forced to leave holy orders and sent up for trial at a closed court in Sittwe, and was charged with inciting public unrest and illegal association.” There were other monks in Rakhine jails who were also expected to face trial. “Manhunts are still going on in Rakhine State. Some are still on the run. Some are missing.” There has been no word yet of closed trials in Yangon, where soldiers raided more than 20 monasteries, taking most of their monks into custody, in the early stages of the crackdown. Nighttime raids are still going on despite United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, now touring Asia in search of support for a united front to persuade the generals to talk to the opposition and urging an end to raids and arrest “at once”. The relatives said five members of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy were jailed for up to seven and a half years on similar charges to Eik Darea, also in trials closed to the public.

Four members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Opposition party have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison in secret trials in western Myanmar, a spokesman said. They were arrested near the western port city of Sittwe, one of several places around the country where Buddhist monks led marches against the military government in the biggest pro-democracy protest in nearly 20 years. “So far we have confirmation that four people were each sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. They were accused of taking a leading role in the monks’ protests” in Sittwe, said Han Thar Myin, spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD). Among those sentenced was 85-year old Kyaw Khine, the head of the NLD chapter in Taunggok township outside Sittwe, the spokesman said. The three others were identified as Than Pe, Tun Kyi and Sein Kyaw.

  1. They shamelessly lie to the Japanese government through their media and officially through their Myanmar Ambassador in Japan that the Japanese photojournalist was hit by a stray bullet.

  2. Later they shamelessly lie again as it was an accident.

  3. At last they tried to shift the blame on to the poor dead victim.

  4. He only has to blame as he entered Myanmar with a tourist visa instead of a proper Journalist visa.

  5. And the authorities had already warned about the dangerous situation but the Japanese Journalist was responsible for putting himself into a deadly danger by “staying on at the killing field.”

SPDC junta shrugged off US, EU, Japan cut aid and European nations widened sanctions and their friends’ efforts to punish them for the bloody crackdown on protesters. SPDC Generals vowed to resist. “We will march on. There is no reason to change the course,” through the official New Light of Myanmar newspaper. Defiant Myanmar junta says it won’t back down from its on pace of walking along the road map they invented to pull the wool over the eyes of the public and the international leaders.

Myanmar Military defiently announced another step on its “road map” to democracy by drafting a new charter by the formation of the charter committee followed the conclusion of 14 years of world record marathon sham talks just on drafting guidelines for a new constitution. SPDC has set no timetable for the drawing of this charter process. Under the regime’s “road map” to “democracy”, the new constitution is to be voted in a referendum, elections would follows on their military’s terms and conditions. They are doing what they like without considering the unacceptence of their road map by the Burmese Citizens and International Community. Their deeds could be described in Burmese, “Nga Myin Ngar Saing _Sagaing Yauk Yauk. Nga Hlae Ngar Htoe_Bago Yauk Yauk.”

SPDC had announced the world that they holding about 3000 people in detention centers nationwide. That is after the death of few hundred people, including a Japanese journalist according to the observers. There were reports that the military had cremated the severely wounded alive victims together with the death bodies at Ye way cemetery crematorium.

They ignored the last ritual rights of the dead persons. Not only the Buddhists, Christians, Muslims or Hindus but even the wild atheist’s have their own obligations and rituals as a last respect for the death. Even the executed bodies of the convicted criminals are regularly given back to their own families for the proper last rituals and prayers.

The junta also dares to criticize back the UN Security Council statement condemning violence used by the army to crush the biggest anti-government protests and calling for the release of political prisoners. “The situation in Myanmar does not constitute a threat to regional and international peace and security,” it shamelessly lied. “In reality, there is no one in Myanmar who is in prison for political reasons. There are only those against whom action has been taken in violation of the existing laws.”

Ban said the way demonstrators were treated was “abhorrent and unacceptable”. Ban again urged the military government to move more quickly towards democracy. “I would strongly urge the Myanmar authorities to implement fully the seven-point road map for democratization,” he said in New York. SPDC Junta newspapers openly said that they are continuing man-hunt to hunt down any one who involved in monk-lad demonstrations. Junta started giving long prison sentences to Monk and laymen activists. Junta confirms that they would press ahead with their own roadmap. Junta said Burmese people calling for UN intervention are all traitors and that such traitors will meet tragic ends. Junta is clearly showing defiance against UN and international pressures.

UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari denounced the SPDC in Bangkok that reports of further arrests of activists were “extremely disturbing.” And that continued searching, rounding up, arresting, torturing of democracy activists is mocking his agreement with the SPDC.   He is touring around Asia to strengthen the regional pressure on the junta. He suggested a carrot-and-stick approach, saying that in addition to tough action the regime should be offered incentives to reform.

Myanmar’s military junta acknowledged through their official statement on the front-page of The New Light of Myanmar, a government mouthpiece, said they were still hunting for demonstrators who took part in the recent uprising. “Those who led, got involved in and supported the unrest which broke out in September were called in and are being interrogated,” the junta said. “Some are still being called in for questioning and those who should be released will be.” The statement said that 2,927 people had been arrested since the crackdown started and nearly 500 were still in custody. Diplomats and dissidents say they believe up to 6,000 people were arrested in the crackdown, including thousands of monks who led the rallies. They also believe the toll is much higher than the official figure of 10 given by the military when troops fired into crowds on September 26 and 27.

The present incident or our uprising is just one of the Tribulations. It means a state of pain or anguish that tests one’s resiliency and character or something that is hard to bear physically or emotionally. Tribulation is a period of time where believers will experience worldwide persecution and be purified and strengthened by it.

Tribulation will not hurt you, unless it does – what alas! It too often does – unless it hardens you and makes you sour and narrow and skeptical. — Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880)

We understand and accept that a secure, nonviolent outlet policy for the generals and a peaceful transitional government should be aimed. This could prevent Burma avoid the fate of
Iraq and Yugoslav.

UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is currently touring Asia seeking to increase the pressure on the regime to change course, said the junta must be offered incentives along with the tough words. He said he backed a combination of “strong encouragement of the authorities of Myanmar to do the right thing along with some incentives to say that… the world is not just there to punish Myanmar.” Gambari said one approach could be “a combination of strong encouragement of the authorities in Myanmar to do the right thing along with some incentives to say that … the world is not there just to punish Myanmar.”

But the SPDC Generals must understand and accept the truth that although they think they could crush our uprising ruthlessly, it is the calmness physically like the calm of the deep sea. But they could not crush our spirit as we had shown our courage, sacrificing our lives and limbs repeatedly, although we are facing the well equipped SPDC full force of military with our bare hands.

Senior General Than Shwe should just look at General Soe Win. He could not carry away his wealth to the hereafter but had left all. Even if any Buddhists wishes to take along the cash, one could put a 25 cents coin only into the death’s mouth. If Senior General Than Shwe wish to made a special customized 25 cents coin with the gold studded with diamond, there is a danger of tomb readers trying to rob from his grave. Even if he think he would be able to arrange to protect the looting that precious coin it would remain in the rotting skull of his dead body but would never follow him to the his next reincarnating lives.

 SPDC should understand that we will never take down our fighting peacock flag even if we all need to sacrifice our lives and leave the democracy boat empty. We are just following the guidance of our beloved Bo Gyoke Aung San who wrote, “My head is bleeding but I will never surrender.”Dear SPDC Generals, please read the following articles and let us really start a meaningful dialogue for the National Reconciliation and start a new face of reconstructing our beloved country by work together democratically without excluding or endangering any party and without trying to monopolized by one party or one group.

  1. Hoping for a National Reconciliation  
  2. Update your concepts to WIN-WIN Solution  

  3. Generosity Makes us Great  

  4. Opening Heart on Equal Rights for All Ethnic Groups

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