To give context to this “vote”, Santi has been pissed of that a lot of us (Burmese) registered and gave delegations to someone in particular.
He then tried to use his position in the MB to remove delegations, making a simulacrum of a vote (the proposal was stating that Clement was barred from voting) to remove delegations. He then used his snapshot admin powers to remove the delegations, all of that without following proper democratic processes.
As Yadana said
« This looks like the given reason of Myanmar Military dictator coup on 1st Feb 2021. The voting results wasn’t satisfied enough for their military supportive party while NLD party won over 300 seats at the parliament. As far as I understand, POH is supported by Democracy Earth. We can’t accept the delegation results as the one from opposition parties is gaining. Much more sound like dictators.
Our Myanmar lost our voting over the gun of military dictatorship and now we have been questioned in our delegations again as we are from 3rd world country. »
Santi initially talked to me asking to translate his delegation speech to the Burmese community, which I even proposed to do (same for Luis). However he probably realised that after the way he treated us, he wouldn’t get delegations so decided to make a coup to suppress the Burmese community voting power.
The coup supporters showed the faces of a lot of our community members, accusing us to be puppets and of not being able to think by ourselves. Stating that since we were from a 3rd world country we should have been victims and influenced. This is patronising, racist and a violation of our honor to be displayed like that labeled as corrupted people.
This is true that initially most people on-boarded are from my hometown Hpa-An, and know Clement or Pone Pone personally, thus are likely to delegate to people that they know even after they were shown a delegation list.
If they had let the things go we would probably get more community members acting as delegates after the people registering extends outside of their direct circles (actually Clement even reached out a few times saying that lot of people delegating to him wouldn’t look good and encouraged to have other people speaking Burmese acting as representatives). But we more focused on onboarding a sufficient amount of users for the community to be able to handle vouching by itself.
They accused us of forcing people to delegate without any proper evidence. Actually we have the a capacity of making our own decisions instead of being used by other people. Said that Burmese people coming to speak in the telegram group was fishy (even though there is a language barrier and we generally don’t use telegram but more often Viber and Facebook) while we are highly educated about democracy. We never expected that as our first experience, especially from a platform giving emphasis to democracy.
But they saw it as a threat to their power and decided that voters had to be suppressed for them to stay in control. No rules were ever broken, Proof Of Humanity is 1 person = 1 vote. There is no tests of any sort (apart maybe being able to follow the rules) and everyone should be equally welcomed and represented not treated as a forced victim.
For me personally, I am tired of drama and FUD now. So, I encourage everyone to think carefully at the situation, I wish for a fork to happen soon and people can choose which version of POH they support. I sincerely hope for people to choose wisely which side they support and stick participating in it, without any drama nor animosity for the other side. Live and let live! Win Win situation for both sides.