The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) expressed sympathy for the people of Myanmar, as the country grapples with a military coup that has toppled its leader and remains in a state of crisis. Leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy party officials were taken into custody by military authorities nearly a week ago during overnight raids. Military leaders have grown unhappy with Suu Kyi for what they allege to be corrupt election systems and ignoring their concerns.
The Federation extends its solidarity with the people of Myanmar, who have taken to the streets demanding that military leaders and opposition forces work toward a “democratic” solution. We firmly believe that it is only the people of Myanmar who can change the government through a national election, and therefore deplore any such unconstitutional overthrow of an elected government by force, for which there can be no justification.
In support of our allies the Confederation of Trade Unions Myanmar (CTUM), and coordination with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Council of Global Unions (CGU), COSATU urges the international community to stand in solidarity with the people of Myanmar at this time. We also call on all states with influence to take steps to prevent the crumbling of the fragile democratic and human rights gains made by Myanmar during its transition from military rule.
We support the country’s legitimate leadership and call for the immediate release of all those detained and restore the democratic process.
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