In Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi leads the fight against the Covid-19 … on Facebook

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Aung San Suu Kyi during a video conference on the Covid-19 on April 13, 2020
Aung San Suu Kyi during a videoconference on the Covid-19 on April 13, 2020 (HANDOUT / MYANMAR’S MINISTRY OF INFORMATION)

Since the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic, Aung San Suu Kyi chose to communicate in person and almost every day, especially on Facebook. For example, on Wednesday May 13, she posted a photo of herself with a homemade mask in a mask contest she launched on Facebook for all Burmese people.

On this personal account, there are also messages that call not to lower your guard in the face of the epidemic. All these publications are found the next day on the first page of the official journal. There are also videos of Aung San Suu Kyi chatting with doctors, patients, local Covid-19 officials, some of which receive up to 400,000 likes.

Gatherings are now prohibited, Aung San Suu Kyi had to end his trips to meet the crowds. The leader had to find an alternative, according to journalist Zayar Hlaing, a member of the Burmese press council: “It’s like a campaign for his political party. she sought a means of communication to reach people. Facebook is one of the platforms for communicating with the public. His live videos sparked a lot of reaction. The sequences with the patients, when she is chatting with them by videoconference, are very touching for people. She gains a lot. ”

A popularity evidenced by the comments of Internet users. “She’s more than a leader, we love her like we love our own mother“said one of them. Support reminiscent of that which Aung San Suu Kyi had received in December 2019, when the leader had decided to go, in person there too, to defend Burma accused of genocide before the International Court of Justice.

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