18 November 2010

BREAKING: Burmese Democracy Activist Aung San Suu Kyi Gaining Military Support

Released from 15 years of house arrest earlier this month, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi seems to be rapidly gaining support against the regime as she and her party attempt to be re-instated and challenge recent dubious elections...

While worldwide leaders celebrated the brave -and attractive- 65-year-old's release, now infantrymen from two Burmese army divisions confirmed reports that several hundred soldiers travelled to Rangoon to witness Ms Suu Kyi regaining her freedom. This is the first time we've heard of such a split in the military... one who's generals rule the country with a iron grip.

BBC Burma (Myanmar):
The extent of support for her in the army is not clear. A number of soldiers from battalions in Rangoon and Bago divisions and their families went to Aung San Suu Kyi's house on the 13 November to greet her on her release. "We went there to greet her because we believe the hardships the lower rank and file are facing can be solved if Ms Suu Kyi and the military commanders work together. 

"We have high hopes for Ms Suu Kyi," a soldier told the BBC Burmese service.

It follows reports in September that soldiers in many areas were refusing to carry out routine tasks in protest at short rations and lack of access to their pay. In a series of BBC interviews, soldiers in garrison towns said their rations had been cut for weeks. They said commanders had barred access to money they had saved, which is kept in a central fund. 

The Burmese authorities have denied any disquiet in the military.

This of course is the same impoverished country who's leaders had North Korea build them nuclear bunkers and then created -from scratch- a bizarre new capital to get away from the miserable and restive populace. "Naypyidaw" was established on a greenfield site in the middle-of-nowhere, 200 miles north of the traditional capital, Rangoon. 

These guys got a lot to lose now, can't see them just handing all this right over to her... and we've already seen in the past that they've got no reservations about treating their own people like dogs -or worse- to maintain their own positions of great privilege in Burmese society:

-h/t Hot Air-

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Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Time will tell RR. I am sure in such a place she is fearing for her life even more so now.

Reaganite Republican said...

That's a real nasty regime down there- and they've got no philosophy except power

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