Dear Moemaka Media,
On Saturday March 13, 2021, Burma’s Human Rights Day (Phone Maw Day), in response to the Myanmar Military’s growing use of deadly force against peaceful protesters, the San Francisco Bay Area-based Burmese American community and their supporters are organizing a rally to urge the international community to intervene, based on the UN’s Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Doctrine.
As of March 10, more than 2,008 people have been arrested since the coup began, according to the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (http://aappb.org). Emerging video evidence, survivor testimonies, and eyewitness accounts point to the military’s growing use of sniper shots, live ammunition, and other deadly forces in crowd control. As nightly raids against the dissidents and protesters grew, so did the number of people killed in captivity.
During the upcoming rally organized by the Free Burma Action Committee (FBAC), SF, we plan to:
urge the international community to take concrete actions to protect the peaceful protesters in Myanmar;
welcome U Aung Kyaw Naing, a counselor from the Myanmar Embassy in Los Angeles, who has joined the civil disobedience movement to defy the military junta;
remember the passing of Ko Phone Maw, whose death was the catalyst for the 1988 uprising;
welcome the recent appointment of Mahn Win Khaing Than as the Acting Vice President by the CRPH (Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw), a group of lawmakers elected in the free and fair November 2020 Election in Myanmar.
Where: United Nations Plaza, San Francisco
When: Saturday March 13, 2021: 1PM-3PM
For more information, please contact the following spokespersons.
Ko Ko Lay, Organizer and
cofounder, FBAC, SF
email@example.com, 1 (415) 203-0541
Khin Thiri Nanda Soe, UC
Berkeley, Political Science Student
FBAC, SF, Press
firstname.lastname@example.org, 1 (510) 241-7227