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Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gather outside Yangon’s City Hall for her speech on the Rohingya crisis, Yangon, Myanmar, Sept. 19, 2017 (Photo by Eli Meixler).

The Worsening Rohingya Crisis Is Creating a Dangerous New Reality in Myanmar

, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar—The crowd waiting for Aung San Suu Kyi’s highly anticipated address on the ongoing crisis in Rakhine, in western Myanmar, looked prepared for a pep rally, rather than a requiem on a conflict labeled “textbook ethnic cleansing.” On Tuesday morning, hundreds of people gathered in front of Yangon’s City Hall to watch a live broadcast of the first speech that Myanmar’s de facto leader has given since the military’s bloody counterinsurgency began in response to attacks from Rohingya militants last month.

Yet the crowd’s euphoria all but eclipsed the somber topic at hand. Observers in shirts emblazoned with Aung San Suu Kyi’s face and holding placards that spelled out their support clapped, danced and chanted her name. When the Nobel laureate appeared, they released a flurry of red balloons. ...

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