Maybe this is a fairly unremarkable demand that has changed a bit in translation, in order to provide us with a seemingly unusual emphasis. Or maybe the Burmese demand has some insight - and holds a rebuke for the complacency of those of us who live in democracies.
More, better dialogue would be a good idea everywhere.
Meanwhile, I like Eric's quote from the other Eric here.
“When people revolt in a totalitarian society, they rise not against the wickedness of the regime but it weakness”. Eric HofferI hope the optimism is well-founded.