Myanmar student union urges Thais to push back against junta
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.”