Birthday, Myanmar General Harassed with Fake Grave

Birthday, Myanmar General Harassed with Fake Grave

Protesters in Myanmar celebrated the 65th birthday of Myanmar's military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing by burning his photo and staging a fake funeral on Saturday (3/7).

UMMATIMES - Myanmar has faced mass protests and a brutal military response since the February 1 coup that toppled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Nearly 890 civilians have died and nearly 6,500 have been arrested.

During the rallies, anti-coup demonstrators posted pictures on social media of a traditional noodle soup dish called Mohinga, which is often served at funerals in Myanmar.

"I made (Mohinga) on his birthday because I wanted him to die soon," a Yangon resident told AFP as quoted by channelnewsasia, Saturday (3/7).

"Many innocent people lost their lives because of him. So if he dies, the whole country will be happy," he said.

In Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, some activists also burned photos of the junta leader and burned fake coffins in fake cemeteries. "Because of this person our Myanmar has a lot of problems," a Mandalay resident told AFP.

"He shouldn't have been born. That's why we held his funeral because we wanted to say he had to die."

Prior to the coup, Min Aung Hlaing was considered an international pariah. He was condemned for leading a brutal 2017 crackdown on the country's stateless Rohingya population.

He has also been banned from Facebook for inciting hate speech against a persecuted minority, and UN investigators have called for him and other top military leaders to stand trial for genocide.

But over the years, he has vehemently denied nearly all allegations of human rights abuses and cited military operations, which drove some 750,000 Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh.

He was appointed to lead Myanmar's armed forces in 2011,

Min Aung Hlaing's regime has faced international condemnation and sanctions since the coup, with concerns over increasing violence, political prisoners, internet shutdowns and the re-scraping of press freedom.