Today, Thursday 11 February, SOLIDAR Joins the trade union movement fight for democracy in Myanmar.
On 1 February 2021, the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw), declared a one-year state of emergency and all powers were transferred to the Commander-in-Chief of the army. The Tatmadaw arrested the President, the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and hundreds of elected lawmakers from the National League of Democracy.
For the last ten days, the people of Myanmar have resisted to this military coup taking the streets and demanding the release of those unlawfully detained. Every evening at 8pm, they signal their dissent through the banging and clanging of pots and pans. This ‘noise barrage’ has become the sound of dissent democracy.
On Thursday 11 February, trade unionists and supporters from all around the world will join the noise barrage and stand with the people of Myanmar to defend democracy against a power grab by the military. The ITUC is calling on affiliates worldwide to join the Global Noise Barrage on 11 February 2021 at 20:00 Yangon time (14:30 CET).
“SOLIDAR stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar and joins the trade union movement´s fight for democracy” said Mikael Leyi, SOLIDAR Secretary General. “We urge the EU to seriously consider the revision of the Everything but Arms trade preferences and to ensure that the development aid to Myanmar is not used to fuel the military coup” he concluded.
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