Burma Unbound: Photos from a Waking Nation
Burma's President Thein Sein is interviewed by Time Magazine correspondent Hannah Beech at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Nov.
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#1 Jan 13, 2013
"There were, it seems, nascent elements of democracy within the former dictatorship."
Not it seems. In fact, it was not a dictatorship at all after the September 1988 military coup on the socialist/communist military regime of the usurper Shu-Maung; it was a military junta with its own character of democracy. Right from the outset the intention of the junta was to democratise the Burmese society. The only person outside Burma who could sense this was none other than the Head of the Crown Coincil, HRH Crown Prince Shwebomin, who had chosen to live in exile rather than be a sidekick to do-called U Ne Win. The TIME magazine should watch the Defining Moment on youtube.
Crown Prince had been stateless since 1969, until the British government offered him British citizenship when he applied for the renewal of his travel document circa 1994. Crown Prince Shwebomin contacted the Burmese ambassador U Tin Hlaing, believed to be trained by the Royal Air Force in his career, and started giving advice to SLORC. He then suggested development for Burma and SLORC was renamed SPDC. Burma wad officially still called Burma.
The first leader of SLORC, Senior General Saw Maung suggested the incoming parliament following the 1990 general elections must look for the future king to restore monarchy. He was ridiculed as ' wanting to say thankyou to daddy Ne Win by making him king. See an article in Newsweek or a similar magazine. It was absurd on the part of those who ridiculed Saw Maung because he never suggested that Ne Win be king. Stupid!
Saw Maung and the top echelon of government had already received copies of Royal Myanmar Dispatches from Crown Prince Shwebomin. 150 copies were smuggled in little brown envelopes into Burma by an OE ( Old Etonian) who lived in Putney, London.
Crown Prince Shwebomin ( Schwebomin in German) was born in the house of U Aung Than just before independence. U Aung Than is brother of U Aung San and U Ba Win.
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