BLOODSHED IN MYANMAR: The Returns of Authoritarian Rule




Myanmar’s military detained Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, and key members of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD.), declared a state of emergency for a year and voided her party’s landslide November election victory in a setback for the country’s nascent transition to democracy.

Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing has declared a state of emergency for a year and is now in power. The army said it has carried out the detentions in response to “election fraud.” Myint Swe, President of Myanmar granted full authority to the army chief to run the country, saying it was necessary to act now before the new parliament sessions began this week.

Casualities

More than 500 people have been killed in the Myanmar junta’s brutal crackdown on protests The grim toll has passed as world powers ramped up their condemnation of the military’s ruthless campaign against the movement demanding restoration of democracy and release of Suu Kyi. According to, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), 510 people have been killed since the coup. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported 35 children dead, since the coup. According to the reports, junta forces used live ammunition and grenades against civilians and opened fire outside a hospital in the biggest city Yangon, injuring one staff member and killing 13 people. Daily rallies across Myanmar by unarmed protesters have been met with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds.

A series of airstrikes by Myanmar’s military, which took place on Saturday, has driven thousands of people across the country’s border with Thailand, adding a new dimension to an already volatile and deadly crisis. The strikes in areas populated predominantly by ethnic Karen people. Big explosions took place, houses and buildings burned down. The attacks may have been retaliation for the Karen National Liberation Army, which is fighting for greater autonomy for the Karen people.

At least 114 people across the country were killed by security forces on Saturday alone, including several children – a toll that has prompted a UN Human Rights expert to accuse the junta of committing “mass murder”

US President Joe Biden on Sunday said his administration is working on sanctions against Myanmar’s junta over the surge in violence against civilians. He has expressed his outrage over civilian killings

Washington suspended a trade pact with Myanmar and United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called for a united global front to put pressure on the junta after more than 100 protesters were killed in a bloody weekend of violence. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha extended support and stated the government is ready to help anyone who is escaping fighting and has prepared for a potential influx of refugees from neighboring Myanmar. The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar and voiced “deep concern” at restrictions on medical personnel, civil society, labor unions, and journalists, as demonstrations continue across the south-east Asian nation against the military takeover.




If the UN security council, doesn’t come up with a strict action plan, a military takeover will lead the country into “a dark age” and destroy their future, much as the 1988 coup did.

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