Can Myanmar’s pro-democracy activists endure military pressure? | The Stream

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People across Myanmar are continuing to endure a state of emergency that has now been extended for six months by military coup leaders who are upping the ante against their opponents.

State media reported on August 1 that the ruling State Administration Council (SAC) approved a request by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to maintain a state of emergency until February 2023 –  which would be two years since the military unseated the democratically-elected National League for Democracy government.

The extension, which was reported by state media on August 1, follows the execution of four anti-coup activists who were convicted behind closed doors under anti-terrorism laws. The men included Phyo Zeya Thaw, a musician and former legislator from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, and lifetime pro-democracy campaigner Kyaw Min Yu, also known as Ko Jimmy.

The executions – the first to be carried out in Myanmar since the late 1980s – sparked international revulsion and were unanimously condemned by the United Nations Security Council. Activists now fear that scores of political prisoners on death row could soon face a similar fate and join at least 2,145 people killed by security forces since the coup.

As growing numbers of civilians take up arms to resist the military in both urban and rural parts of Myanmar and military aircraft hit civilian areas, Min Aung Hlaing says a “lack of stability” is blocking efforts to implement a peace plan backed by member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Pro-democracy activists are meanwhile urging co-ordinated international action against Myanmar’s military, including further targeted sanctions.

In this episode of The Stream we’ll look at how pro-democracy voices are coping as Myanmar’s military puts them under greater pressure.

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Dawid B August 4, 2022 - 1:59 AM

Reading 1

JER 31:1-7

At that time, says the LORD,

I will be the God of all the tribes of Israel,

and they shall be my people.

Thus says the LORD:

The people that escaped the sword

have found favor in the desert.

As Israel comes forward to be given his rest,

the LORD appears to him from afar:

With age-old love I have loved you;

so I have kept my mercy toward you.

Again I will restore you, and you shall be rebuilt,

O virgin Israel;

Carrying your festive tambourines,

you shall go forth dancing with the merrymakers.

Again you shall plant vineyards

on the mountains of Samaria;

those who plant them shall enjoy the fruits.

Yes, a day will come when the watchmen

will call out on Mount Ephraim:

“Rise up, let us go to Zion,

to the LORD, our God.”

For thus says the LORD:

Shout with joy for Jacob,

exult at the head of the nations;

proclaim your praise and say:

The LORD has delivered his people,

the remnant of Israel.

Responsorial Psalm

JER 31:10, 11-12AB, 13

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,

proclaim it on distant isles, and say:

He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,

he guards them as a shepherd his flock.

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

The LORD shall ransom Jacob,

he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.

Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,

they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings.

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,

and young men and old as well.

I will turn their mourning into joy.

I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.


LK 7:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

A great prophet has arisen in our midst

and God has visited his people.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.


MT 15:21-28

At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out,

“Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!

My daughter is tormented by a demon.”

But he did not say a word in answer to her.

His disciples came and asked him,

“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”

He said in reply,

“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”

He said in reply,

“It is not right to take the food of the children

and throw it to the dogs.”

She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps

that fall from the table of their masters.”

Then Jesus said to her in reply,

“O woman, great is your faith!

Let it be done for you as you wish.”

And her daughter was healed from that hour.++++

Michael Scottland August 4, 2022 - 2:15 AM

Where have you experts been when Rohingyas were being ethnically cleansed?

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Nobody August 4, 2022 - 2:52 AM

US arms children to fight their parents.