DEMOCRACY ICON TO PARIAH: AUNG SAN SUU KYI ARRESTED YET AGAIN

Written by Edmund Gan

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MYANMAR?

The Burmese military has seized control of the country and declared a one year long state of emergency. This is following a landslide victory in the general election by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). 

Ms Suu Kyi is believed to be under house arrest for electoral fraud, possession of unlawful communication devices and breaches of export-import laws. 

Min Aung Hlaing, the military general behind the coup, has assumed power and control over the parliament and state affairs. The military has vouched to restore order and hold “free and fair elections” after the state of emergency is over. 

 

ANGER AND FRUSTRATION 

Outcrys and calls for the release of Ms Suu Kyi have been on the rise, with many taking to social media to condemn the actions of the military. As social media become key rallying platforms for many, the military has resorted to arresting anyone championing for the release of Ms Suu Kyi and blocked off public access to social media avenues such as Facebook. Others have taken to the streets of Yangon to host a series of peaceful protests.  

 

MYANMAR AT A GLANCE 

Nearly all expressions of dissent and opposition voices have been proscribed, with increasing repression from the military. Aung San Suu Kyi’ years of effort campaigning for democracy finally saw light in the recent election, where her party’s landslide victory signified a beacon of hope for a country plagued by junta politics for nearly half a century. 

However, with the military taking over the country once again, and a greater division between Burmese, Myanmar might be returning to its dark days of military junta. 

 

INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS 

The United Nations (UN), alongside many other countries have condemned the Burmese Military for breaches of human rights and for undermining democracy. The UN is now in the midst of discussing possible means of resolution with global leaders.

 

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