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The Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM) Calls For Comprehensive Sanctions

We republish  the CTUM call for sanctions against the Coup in Myanmar for informational purposes as it shows the growing working class resistance to the military coup.

By CTUM – March 6, 2021

  1. Kyae Zin (F), 19 years, Mandalay University, Mandalay
  2. Nyein Thu Aung (M), 19 years, Magwe Institute of Technology, Magwe region
  3. Arkar Moe (M), 25 years, N. Okkalapa, Yangon
  4. Nay Myo Aung, (M), 16 years, Mandalay regional
  5. Min Khant Kyaw (M), 17 years, Sagaing region
  6. Htet Wai Htoo (M), 17 years, Mon state

These are some of the future of Burma shot by Min Aung Hlaing’s military in the cities of Burma. More than 50 have been accounted for. Some were lucky to have funerals by their families while many have disappeared.
The people’s movement against the military regime that staged a coup has continued all over Burma for over a month and is still continuing.
More walks of life are participating and all sectors of work are participating.
The following are some areas where our members have successfully demonstrated that a soldier or a military officer cannot run each and all technical issues.

  • As of this morning, all spheres of energy extraction are stopped. The Thanpayakan refinery has been stopped—the military took away three weeks’ supply of processed fuel (some two weeks ago)—and no reserve left.
  • The Nyaungdone gas production that gets about 270 million kays per day is shut down.
  • The Ayadaw gas production that feeds the gas to run the turbines of the military-owned factories in WAZI township, Magwe region, are stopped, and none of the factories are operating. That is why they can’t print the bank notes and bullets and so are buying the bullets and the bank notes are printed—with Chinese words on the paper packing.
  • No trains are running.
  • Of all the CDM activities, the Foreign Affairs Office personal CDM led by UN Permanent Representative U Kyaw Myo Tun—from the UN Permanent Representative office—5 persons in Washington D.C., 4 persons in Geneva, 1 person in Berlin, have rocked the regime.
  • The U.S. government has blocked $1 billion by U.S. Executive Order 14014.
  • The American Chamber, the Euro Chamber, the Italy Myanmar Business association, the French Chamber of Commerce, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar have declared they will not meet with the regime.
  • The World Bank has informed the regime that all drawdowns are suspended at the moment
  • The Karen National Union/Kachin Independence Army have announced that the coup is not acceptable and that it takes away the credibility of the peace process.
  • Shooting with machine guns/using snipers/using planes are their last resort.

What we request now is a harsh comprehensive sanction that can finish off the regime and its structure.
It will hurt everybody. More the grassroots, the daily income people. And these are the people who die now for want of change. After suffering abuse of the eco-social system by the military over five decades, now facing death from bullets shot by our own military in our own homes, without external invasion, and we now call for clear-cut international sanctions on the country.
We will suffer another five years to be rid of these military thugs and their “we hold weapons, we can do whatever, whenever we want” insolence, their doctrine, and practice.
And that is the only way, to rebuild Burma from scratch—without any interference from the military.
Maung Maung

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