Residents of Dawei, the hometown of Myanmar junta chief Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, are ashamed of their native son for a coup that has led to tons of of civilian deaths and thrown the nation into chaos, sources within the southern port metropolis advised RFA.
Town of 150,000 folks between the Andaman Sea and Thailand identified for seashores and tropical fruit has seen 11 folks killed by safety forces and a minimum of 100 others arrested, residents of Dawei advised RFA’s Myanmar Service.
“Min Aung Hlaing will kill everybody no matter the place they’re from. His regime won’t spare the folks of Dawei in the event that they resist his rule. He solely cares about sustaining his authoritarian rule,” stated a protest chief, who declined to be named for security causes.
“We strongly oppose the navy regime. We’re decided to maintain up the resistance to the top,” she stated.
In keeping with the Thailand-based rights group Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners (AAPP) as of Friday, a minimum of 774 folks have been killed by the junta since Min Aung Hlaing seized energy from chief Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected authorities on Feb. 1.
“The chief of this murderous regime emerged from our area, Dawei township. This has harm our repute badly,” stated a resident of town, who requested anonymity for safety causes.
“I estimate that individuals who help Min Aung Hlaing in Dawei can be lower than one %. I feel pro-democracy activists and protestors account for the remaining 99 %,” the person stated.
Regardless of violence and hazard, activists in Dawei, capital of Tanintharyi area, say they are going to by no means cease protesting till democracy is restored.
“We now have the last word objective of resisting this navy regime. So we, the folks of Dawei, will preserve protesting in these streets till this regime falls,” stated protest chief, who requested anonymity on concern of reprisal.
“We’re not simply resisting solely Min Aung Hlaing. We’re opposing the whole lot of navy rule. Min Aung Hlaing’s regime has performed what all earlier dictators have performed,” he advised RFA.
A pupil union chief advised RFA that for the folks of Dawei imagine that the 64-year-old Min Aung Hlaing doesn’t stack as much as different historic native figures, akin to Ba Htoo, who led the Burma Nationwide Military to twenty victories over the occupying Japanese forces on the finish of World Battle II.
He and different well-known Dawei natives “are loyal to the nation and stood for justice,” the coed chief stated.
Political analyst Aung Thu Nyen advised RFA that not like different leaders in Southeast Asia, Min Aung Hlaing has delivered little to his hometown.
“We don’t see him over his profession working for progress within the area,” he stated, evaluating Min Aung Hlaing with former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who tried to spice up financial improvement within the northern Thai metropolis of Chiangmai, the place he was born.
“In distinction, we don’t see Min Aung Hlaing making an attempt to enhance Dawei or develop the area,” stated Aung Thu Nyen.
The folks of Dawei say that the navy and its chief have corrupted the dignity of the armed forces.
“The Tatmadaw is meant to guard the lives of the folks. They’re accountable,” stated a resident of Dawei who declined to be named.
“However [Min Aung Hlaing]’s regime is now doing the other of the Tatmadaw’s responsibility. That’s why the folks in Dawei don’t have a purpose to forgive him, though he’s a local of Dawei,” he stated.
Reported by Khet Mar and Soe San Aung for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Eugene Whong.