HKer Fighting for Democracy in Myanmar

Posted by Ed 57 days ago 

Hongkonger Zoe and her partner Hein – a citizen of Myanmar – decided back in 2014 to move from the United States to the Southeast Asian country in hopes it was ready to take off after almost half a century of military rule.

The junta which had been in power since 1962 stepped aside to make way for a quasi-democratic government in 2011 and gradually opened up the one-time British colony.

The coup on February 1, and the detention of civilian leaders including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, shocked and angered both Zoe and Hein, who used pseudonyms for fear of reprisals.

The army stepped in after Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in a general election last November, which the military claimed was fraudulent.

The married couple in their early 30s joined tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets starting on February 6 to oppose the coup. Chanting slogans and holding placards that read “Free our leader,” “Against military coup” and “Respect our votes,” they raised three-finger salutes as a symbol of solidarity and defiance. 

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