The notion of “state” has replaced that of “the People” as ordinary Burmese continue to be enslaved by the dictatorship. The ruling junta spends less than 3 per cent in health care, with the military taking the lion share (40 per cent) of the rest. Generals prepare the ground for this year’s phony elections with the assistance of China, Russia, North Korea and India.
Burma’s military dictatorship has sentenced two government officials to death for leaking “confidential” state secrets about two state visits to North Korea and Russia as well as “military secrets” regarding underground tunnels built around the new capital Naypyiday with North Korean help.
AsiaNews contacted Tint Swe, a member of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), for information about the two officials. The NCGUB is made of refugees from Burma who fled after the 1990 elections won by the National League for Democracy were not recognised by the junta. Tint Swe left for India in 1990 and has lived in New Delhi since 21 December 1991. He has been a member of the NCGUB since then and has acted as its information point man for South Asia and East Timor.
Almost every day, there are news about people who defy the junta. Last Friday, three more were added to the list. All three are guilty of leaking state secrets.
The military likes the term “state” nowadays, which stands for the regime itself. When public works are done, the state’s role is emphasised. For example, when public funds are spent to build a school, it is treated a “gift” by the state. The same is true for foreign aid, which are handled, manipulated, siphoned off or misused by the state whilst the Burmese population has no say in the matter.
The junta’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme has come in for criticism by the opposition for the same reason. The same is true for humanitarian aid that arrived after cyclone Nargis hit Burma on 2 May 2008, leaving a trail of death (almost 150,000 people) and destruction. Credit and funding ended up in the hands of the regime’s strongman, Generalissimo Than Shwe. Continue reading “Death sentences to eliminate the regime’s opponents”