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Opposition forces in Myanmar are attempting to form a clandestine parallel Government with the help of several ethnic armed movements operating in the country. They expect financial support from “natural allies” in the West, according to news reports.
MPs from the ousted National Leage for Democracy who have managed to avoid arrest, have formed a Committee Representing the National Parliament (CRPH). They aim at getting financial support from the United States and other Western countries, drawing funds from Myanmar’s assets now frozen by sanctions.
Nearly 600 people have been killed by the military since anti-coup strikes and massive protests started taking place in the capital Yangon and other cities in February. Demonstrators are calling for civil disobedience to try and paralyze the country.
The so called Government in hiding has issued a Democracy Chart calling for a Constitutional Assembly to establish a democratic federal republic in which all ethnic groups would be duly represented, the online journal Asian Times reported.
According to the report, a “federal army” “will be a franchise under which leading ethnic armed organizations such as the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) will fight the military in Myanmar’s borderlands in the southeast, east and north of the country”.