BANGKOK ( Associated Press) – The head of Myanmar’s military junta on Saturday called for national unity among the country’s feudal ethnic minorities as he led a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of a historic agreement that failed to ensure harmony. Used to be.
General Min Aung Huling, who heads the military council that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government last year, praised minorities for signing the Panglong Agreement in 1947, which united ethnic groups after decades of rule. Was about to do.British Colonial.
But last February’s military uprising has added to decades of nearly constant conflict since the rise of the rebellion against the military junta. At first, the demonstrators staged a peaceful protest, but armed resistance escalated after those mobilizers were crushed by lethal force. Around 1,500 civilians have been killed, but the government has failed to dismantle the opposition. Some UN experts are calling this conflict a civil war.
The duration of the armed conflict has changed with fragile ceasefire agreements, while various governments, both civilian and military, and led by the Burmese majority, have shown no desire to implement a political settlement acceptable to minorities.
Coalitions formed by opponents of the junta, near guerrillas with decades of combat experience, complicate the current situation.
In a prepared statement released on Saturday, Min Aung Hling acknowledged that conflicts with minorities remain unresolved, adding that they slow the country’s development.
The general oversaw the parade in the capital Naypyidaw, which was attended by members of the armed forces and ministries. The event included dozens of colorful and elaborate floats, representing areas where the majority of minorities live.
“The spirit of patriotism is defined as the adoration of one’s own country, national races, language, literature and culture, and a feeling against the invasion of the nation and national races,” he said. “The weakness of the spirit of patriotism can create a terrible danger to the nation and the national races.”
His government is trying to revive conversions with minorities, which he invited to a new dialogue to coincide with the anniversary.
Opponents of the military junta have called for a virtual boycott of the ceremony, calling it useless, especially in a country ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.
He asked the population not to turn on their TVs and not to share photos of the event on social networks during the parade’s broadcast, saying doing so would only serve to enhance Min Aung Huling’s image.
At the same time, the armed wing of the resistance continued what became an ongoing campaign of urban guerrilla operations, supplementing the resistance in rural areas.
Various groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks on Napydaw and the country’s largest city, Yangon, on social media.