Very different from previous generations IMO, the Myanmar people in the US are much more successful and this is reflected in their fundraising efforts, similar to those posted above. The NUG needed $50K for medical equipment and the L.A. groups committed and got it done within a couple of days.
The wave of infections of a couple of weeks ago is indeed now hitting as a wave of death. Virtually every friend from there is posting a tribute to someone they just lost. I’ve seen three or four in the past few hours. A friend keeping a lower profile has lost three family members this week. Two others are recovering.
The Covid Delta outbreak and lack of any protocols or care at the notorious Insein Jail has led to a massive, noisy jail strike with all of the inmates chanting the same chants heard in 1988: “Duoh Yeh!” which means it is ours, it is our duty, it’s our thing etc… typically with the word “Democracy” tied to it. It is so loud the residents in the area have been posting recordings of it and several ambassadors have issued a joint statement urging the regime to take prompt action for everyone’s health. Some promises have been made to release political prisoners.
Quoting a civil society organization, “According to the figures of the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, there are about 5,341political prisoners still behind bars and about 1000 of them are currently kept at Insein Prison.”
Historically, families were responsible for the care and feeding of their inmate family members. It is likely that many more than those 1000 were from Yangon (closest to Insein) and they were sent elsewhere in the country deliberately to harass and create hardship for their families.
Also very important to note, Australian economist Sean Turnell was transferred into Insein Jail. He is not a guy anyone (other than Min Aung Hlaing) would see as such a threat they need to lock him up this way. We want him free to go home. His wife is simply pleading with them to transfer him to a safer environment.
There’s a tech minister on the National Unity Government. He’ll be speaking in Pasadena tomorrow.