The former U.S. president warned of the possibility of increased instability in the country.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama called on countries around the world to stand against the Myanmar junta, expressing solidarity with the demonstrators. Obama also warned that Myanmar could become a “failed state.”
“The world’s attention should be on Myanmar, where heartbreaking violence against civilians has shocked me and a nationwide movement representing the voice of the people has inspired me,” said Barack Obama, who visited the country a decade ago.
“The military’s illegal and brutal attempts to impose its will after a decade of freedom will never be accepted by the people [of Myanmar] and should never be accepted by the rest of the world,” Obama said in a statement.
Obama, who rarely comments on international relations, supported efforts by the United States and other countries, in an effort to restore democracy to the country, at “the price Myanmar’s military will pay.”
“Myanmar’s neighboring countries must recognize that a bloody regime rejected by the people will only lead to greater instability, a humanitarian crisis and the risk of state collapse,” he said.
On February 1, Myanmar’s military overthrew the elected government and arrested democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.They violently suppressed democratic protests, killing more than 700 people.