Myanmar’s military is waging war on its citizens, it’s time to fight back

Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos, and Thailand. Throughout its years of Independence, since 1948, Myanmar has been under military rule or dictatorship, to be precise, civil war, aloof from world affairs, and widespread poverty. About a half of the population is living in poverty. Despite the fact that Burma is an extremely resource-rich country, its economy is one of the least developed in the world.

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The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrew the long-lived military rule in 2011. Despite the country’s transition to a civilian form of government, the military(known as Tatmadaw) remained in the limelight. Even Myanmar’s years-old constitution enshrines the primacy of the military, having 25% of the seats reserved for the military in the parliament. Most of the country’s expenditure is spent on defense, conveniently neglecting important fields of requirements for the development of its people. 

Why protest?

In 2020, Myanmar held its second national elections under civilian rule, and the NLD party emerged victoriously. The military, who are in complete denial of their defeat by 80 votes, demanded a rerun of the election, claiming fraud. 

In February 2021, the military seized power and took over. Since the coup took place, Aung San Suu Kyi, with members of her party and supporters, were detained, and there was widespread violence inflicted on the mass. Military under commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing justifies their actions by quoting the constitution, which allows the military to declare a national emergency. Telephone and Internet access has been suspended, domestic and international flights have been canceled, and most importantly, peace has been disrupted.

People came out on the streets to protest against the unexplainable actions of the military; the military shot at the peaceful demonstrators in an attempt to shut down the movement. The world mourns the bloodiest day of crackdown dated 27 March 2021, when the military killed over 700 citizens, detained and assaulted several others. 

Call for a “federal army”

Few members of the parliament in March said that a “revolution” is required to put an end to the constant violations staged by the military; further, they have called for the formation of a federal army. It is known that protesters are building barricades to protect their neighborhoods, are also attempting to learn watergate techniques, and have also made smoke bombs as an initiative to defend themselves against the “defense.”

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Source: CNN

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