China, Russia and few Asean nations played role in the coup, say experts
The ultimate intention of the Myanmar military is to rule the country keeping civilian faces in the front as they did in 2015, speakers told an international virtual event on Wednesday.
The military also wanted to do the same thing in 2021, they said in a webinar titled "After the Coup: What's Next for Myanmar," organized by US-based think tank East-West Center on Tuesday afternoon (Hawaii time) and Wednesday morning (Bangladesh time).
The speakers also pointed out that the coup on February 1 did not take place without the role of China, Russia and few Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries.
They also said that while Aung San Suu Kyi still enjoyed support among the people of Myanmar, the protests across the country following the coup are producing new leadership to lead the country in the future.
There is also a fear for bloodshed as the protest continues throughout the country, they added.
The webinar was also said that while the people of Myanmar had favourable view towards the people of China, nearly 70% of the country’s people are against the communist government in Beijing.
Soe Myint, editor-in-chief of Mizzima News, Aung Zaw, editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, Kavi Chongkittavorn, senior columnist in the Bangkok Post, and Christina Fink, professor at George Washington University, took part in the event discussing the coup, and the future of free press, free speech and Myanmar democracy.
Ramy Inocencio, Asia correspondent of CBS News, moderated the 90-minute event participated by about 500 people across the globe.
Aung Zaw said the protesters knew that if they surrendered, everything would go in vain, which is why they continue to have their voice heard with determination and conviction.
Two weeks before the coup, senior officials of China and Russia visited Myanmar, he said, indicating the possible approval of these two superpowers in the military takeover.
The military coup, internet shutdown and crackdown on media are nothing new to Myanmar, he added.
Soe Myint detailed the hardship the journalists are going through under worst possible restrictions. He said that it was not the military that orchestrated the coup; rather, it was the military chief who did it.
Kavi Chongkittavorn said that the members of the Asean countries are the most important players and have a critical role to play to bring back Myanmar to democratic process to ensure stability and human rights.
This week is very crucial to see the attitude of the military junta which may determine the course, he said.
Professor Fink said that if the military did not walk back there might be more sanctions.
She said that people outside Myanmar are upset with Suu Kyi for her failure to save the Rohingyas and defending the military, the perpetrators, at the International Court of Justice.
Professor Fink added that the protesters are determined to get rid of the 2008 constitution allowing sweeping power to army and want a federal government.
Mentioning some strong words coming from different powerful and rich countries about sanctions, moderator Ramy Inocencio said that words are words and the Myanmar military just does not heed.
Many people believe that sanctions do not work, he added.