04/16/2021, 13.15
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Yangon’s dead and imprisoned climb. A government in exile is about to be born

by Francis Khoo Thwe

According to the Association for Aid to Political Prisoners, as of last night at least 726 people were killed by the junta; there are now 3151 prisoners. International Crisis Group: Myanmar is on the verge of bankruptcy. The CRPH announces an interim government made up of parliamentarians and representatives of ethnic groups.

Yangon (AsiaNews) - Yesterday, the number of people killed by the junta's soldiers rose to 726; those imprisoned are now 3151. The Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners reports this and compiles the updated list every day with names and data on each victim.

In addition to the arrests and assassinations carried out yesterday, which we have already reported, two other facts are of note.

The first, which took place in Mandalay, in which security forces attacked an ambulance carrying injured demonstrators, arresting doctors and a patient.

The other is the arrest in Thamine (Insein) of a civilian who - like most evenings - at 8 pm was banging pans and lids to express the condemnation of the coup. In addition, every day there are arrests of celebrities - actors and singers - who have dared to side with the people.

The climate of terror spread by the junta fails to subdue the population, which continues with demonstrations, events, barricades, stone-throwing against soldiers, Molotov cocktails and sometimes even lethal bullets.

All this, together with the civil disobedience strike, does not keep the economy going. Richard Horsey of the International Crisis Group also declared that "Myanmar is on the verge of bankruptcy".

The junta's inability to bend the population brings out more forcefully the value of the CRPH (Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Committee of Representatives of the Union Republic), made up of parliamentarians duly elected and dismissed by the military coup.

The CRPH said it is about to announce an interim government. Such a government would be composed not only of members of the National League for Democracy, but also of representatives of ethnic groups.

The CRPH has already cancelled the Constitutional Charter created by the military in 2008, which gives enormous power to the army and generals and has launched a new one, called the Charter of Federal Democracy, in which, together with the unity of the country, power is also defended. and management of resources by ethnic groups.

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