Myanmar’s Military Hired PR Agent to Explain Ongoing Situation to West, Report Says

The country has plunged into uncertainty since the military staged a coup and arrested President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The move triggered massive nationwide protests, with demonstrators occasionally clashing with police and pro-military supporters. According to the UN, at least 54 people have died during the protests.

Myanmar’s military has hired a PR agent to explain the ongoing situation in the country to the West, the Foreign Lobby reported, citing the country’s Defence Minister Mya Tun Oo. Ari Ben-Menashe said he had been hired to help the armed forces communicate with the United States and other countries, which he said had “misunderstood” the military.

Ben-Menashe said the military could prove that the past election was rigged and that ethnic minorities were blocked from voting. For several months, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) claimed that there had been widespread voter fraud. The election commission, however, dismissed the allegations. Ben-Menashe himself provided no evidence of voter fraud.

He also claimed that the coup was launched because the military wanted to prevent the government from getting closer with China.

He argued that the military was the best choice to oversee the country’s return to democracy, noting that the generals are not interested in politics.

He admitted he is being paid “a big amount” and will receive a bonus if sanctions against the military are lifted, apparently…

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