Thousands of Burmese Americans marched around Washington D.C. Saturday in hopes that the Biden administration would recognize Myanmar’s National Unity Government (government of the truly elected leaders).
The march would also commemorate the 33 years since the 8888 uprising occurred in Myanmar; this uprising resulted in hundreds of brave democracy protestors being slain in the streets of Yangon.
Since the military coup took place in Myanmar, several elected leaders, such as State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, have been placed under house arrest and charged with bogus crimes by the military. The Myanmar military, along with the police officers under their control, have killed close to over a thousand protestors and resistance fighters who have stood up for democracy.
Myanmar citizens in the United States marched from the White House to the Parliament Building in support of NUG & against the dictatorship.
8888 UPRISING IN 2021#8FingersStrike#Aug8Coup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/4OeafU0F0j
— min myat naing (@minmyatnaing13) August 8, 2021
The people of Myanmar have looked for help from the United States government and the United Nations, but have only been offered rhetoric instead. The United States has asked the Myanmar Military to restore democracy immediately; instead General Min Aung Hlaing took even more power and declared himself as the Prime Minister of Myanmar just because he woke up feeling like one.
The military has also been using COVID-19 as a biomedical weapon; they have been accused of stealing oxygen supplies which has caused many elderly people to die from COVID-19. Doctors who participated in the Civil Disobedience Movement have also been arrested for treating patients.
Two Myanmar Citizens Arrested in New York for Plotting To Assassinate Pro-Democracy Ambassador
The violence that occurs against pro-democracy protestors is now spilling over into the United States. According to the New York Post, two Myanmar nationals were arrested for attempting to stage an attack on Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun who has stood against the military regime in Myanmar.
The FBI concluded that Phyo Hein Htut was in contact with a Thai Arms dealer who allegedly had close relations to General Min Aung Hlaing. The arms dealers wired a second suspect named Ye Hein Zaw $4,000 to give to Phyo Hein Htut in order to hire “goons” to attack the ambassador in order to scare him and resign.
According to the FBI, if the Myanmar ambassador refused to resign after the planned attacked, then he was ordered to be assassinated.
Many Believe the Trump Administration Would’ve Handled the Myanmar Coup Differently
As of right now, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken has just issued sanctions and press releases, but has yet to do some heavy damage to the military regime. Many people don’t know this ,but according to the Irrawaddy, Trump already placed sanctions on General Min Aung Hlaing way before the Biden administration did.
The sanctions came as the Myanmar military launched a widespread attack against the Rohingya people of Rakhine State. Trump also invited Dr. Hkalam Samson, a Kachin Pastor of Myanmar, into the Oval Office.
The pastor thanked Trump for holding the military accountable for persecuting Christians, Muslims and pro-democracy supporters all across the country. Dr. Hkalam Samson was later sued by the military for his statements.
Leader of #Kachin Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Samson sued by Burmese military accusing Pastor of flasely declaring untrue statement during meeting with the US President Trump, last month, July 18, 2019. pic.twitter.com/35x2WJpeWC
— FreeKachin (@FreeKachin) August 28, 2019