Myan­mar stu­dent union urges Thais to push back against junta

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A STU­DENT union is urg­ing its Thai coun­ter­parts to push back against the mil­i­tary-drafted con­sti­tu­tion, and to fol­low the ex­am­ple of Myan­mar’s up­ris­ings.

The All Burma Stu­dent Fed­er­a­tion of Stu­dent Unions (ABSFU) re­leased a state­ment en­cour­ag­ing Thai students to col­lec­tively stand up against the mil­i­tary’s grip on power.

“The Thai con­sti­tu­tion is like Myan­mar’s 2008 con­sti­tu­tion … al­low­ing the mil­i­tary to lead in per­pe­tu­ity. Ac­cord­ing to hu­man rights and demo­cratic stan­dards, the con­se­quences of this con­sti­tu­tion will not be good,” said Ko Kyaw Ko Ko, chair of the ABSFU.

Thai students told The Myan­mar Times yes­ter­day they are not op­ti­mistic for the out­look of their coun­try fol­low­ing the Au­gust 7 ref­er­en­dum that over­whelm­ing voted to keep in place the mil­i­tary-backed char­ter.

“Things are go­ing to get harder in the fu­ture for us. We ac­tu­ally got democ­racy and then ped­alled back­ward,” said Si­riphorn Chaiphet from the Thai Stu­dent Union.

“Students from Myan­mar and CSOs from Myan­mar are of­fer­ing us ad­vice. We ap­pre­ci­ate it. We know what the students in Myan­mar have been through. They are very strong,” Si­riphorn said.

But some so­cial me­dia users crit­i­cised the ABSFU of step­ping beyond its bound­aries.

ABSFU chair Ko Kyaw Ko Ko laughed off the con­cerns. “I think it is re­ally funny,” he said. “But if there is in­jus­tice in one coun­try, the other coun­tries should be against it. We are all equally liv­ing in the world. When Myan­mar was un­der the mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment, Thai peo­ple crit­i­cised the in­jus­tice. So now Myan­mar should share our ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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