The Myanmar community from around Aotearoa along with
other concerned New Zealanders will rally at Parliament
today, 9 February, for democracy in Myanmar.
strongly condemn the coup of the Tatmadaw (military) in
Myanmar on 01 February 2021. This coup is a violation of
Myanmar’s constitution, it is an attempt by the military
to overturn the will the Myanmar people, democratically
expressed in the November 2020 general election.
people of Myanmar fought for decades for the right to vote,
to elect their leaders and to express their opinions freely.
Some of us here in New Zealand were part of those
generations who sacrificed so much for the dream of
democracy. We cannot let it be taken away again.
call for the immediate release of President U Win Myint,
State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, legislators, civil leaders
and other political detainees. We call for the military to
return to the barracks and for the democratically elected
Parliament to be restored.
We fear for the safety and
future of our friends and family in Myanmar. Daily we hear
their stories of despair at the actions of the military.
However, we are heartened by the brave actions of many in
the civil disobedience movement. Men and women in the mines,
hospitals, airports, factories and schools are refusing to
work for the military. People are taking to the streets in
tens of thousands and banging pots and pans at night in
defiance of the coup.
The Myanmar people are showing
they reject this military coup and we are rallying at
Parliament to show our solidarity with their peaceful
We will call on the New Zealand government
to do the same and condemn, in the strongest possible
language and actions, this military coup. We want New
Zealand to be a leading voice for Myanmar democracy at
international fora and to place sanctions on the Myanmar
military and its business