Nov 19, 2010

Filipino solidarity activists urge Burmese junta to start genuine dialogue with opposition; reiterate rejection of 2010 polls

Filipino solidarity activists under the Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils) held a rally in front of the Burma (Myanmar) Embassy (#152 Amorsolo St, Makati City, at the back of Makati Cinema Square) on wednesday, Nov. 17, 10:30am to welcome the release from house arrest of Burma's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and to reiterate rejection of the recently held national elections in Burma.

While joyful that the Burmese military regime has finally released Aung San Suu Kyi who has been kept under house arrest for 15 of the last 20 years, the FBC-Phils is quick in challenging the military junta to immediately start genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi and other opposition groups.

Egoy Bans, spokesperson of the FBC-Phils says, “we welcome the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and indeed this is a positive development for the peoples of Burma. However, the junta must assure that this move is not just a ploy to ease away the international criticisms over their recently held national elections which we see as an utterly undemoractic practice because the junta obviously maneuvered all the electoral processes.”

He adds, “we challenge the junta to accept Aung San Suu Kyi's call for genuine political dialogue—a political dialogue where winners of the 1990 elections and the ethnic nationalities will be given equal powers, opportunities and freedoms to articulate their demands for the achievement of genuine national reconcilliation in Burma.”

Obviously, according to the group, the recently held Burma elections, the first in 20 years, is not the key in resolving Burma's complicated problems.

This election is just a cheap attempt to legitimize the military regime and institutionalize dictatorship in Burma, period. For us, unless the junta concedes to the demands for democracy, their reign to power will be forever conceived as illegitimate, “ explains the FBC-Phils spokesperson.

What the free burma coalition philippines is true  that the past election is full of fraud and it should not be recognize by the people of burma and the international communtiy