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As Burma Votes, Observers Warn Elections Anything But Fair and Free


As Burma Votes, Observers Warn Elections Anything But Fair and Free

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

As people across Burma (also referred to as Myanmar) vote on Sunday in a what is being touted as the country's first free election in 25 years, watchdogs warn that the country's military dictatorship has clamped down on free speech, purged numerous Muslims from the polls, and undermined its own claims to a truly democratic process.


The Burmese military rulers/dictatorship (ostensibly civilian) cares nothing about human and civil rights for the people, only about their own wealth and power, as decades of brutality and disenfranchisment have proven time after time. In 2014 Obama visited Burma meeting with the generals and Aung San Suu Kyi, ostensibly to "encourage" and support an end of military rule and "transition" to democratic representation - we see how well that worked. There is no "transition" and these supposedly "free and fair" elections are apparently yet another farce and travesty so the generals that rule maintain power. They gain vast wealth controlling Burma's gem trade in rubies, saphires, and jade especially, and do not want that to end - a dynasty of military rulers and millions of common people in poverty. I hope my cynicism will be proven wrong - we'll see.......