Myanmar’s Anti-Coup Resistance Is Running Out of Options

Myanmar’s Anti-Coup Resistance Is Running Out of Options
Myanmar nationals living in Taiwan hold up the three-finger salute of resistance to express their disdain toward the military regime in Myanmar, during a demonstration in Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2021 (AP photo by Chiang Ying-ying).

Back in February, several weeks after Myanmar’s military ousted the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, I spoke on the phone with a 25-year-old researcher in Yangon, the country’s largest city. Having joined popular demonstrations against the coup, he said he was surprised at the scale of resistance to the new junta. The movement, which quickly became known as the Civil Disobedience Movement, had galvanized hundreds of thousands of nonviolent protesters across the country, as massive strikes at public agencies, banks and businesses threatened to grind government functioning and the economy to a halt. The researcher, who asked […]

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