The Death Knell of Myanmar’s Democracy?

Supporters of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy protest in front of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Feb. 3, 2021 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
Supporters of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy protest in front of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Feb. 3, 2021 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
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The military’s seizure of power in Myanmar this week unfolded in the squalid manner of coups everywhere. Senior politicians, including the country’s popular de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, were arrested along with civil society leaders in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 1, just before the newly elected parliament was set to convene its first session. Meanwhile, tanks and soldiers took up positions at key intersections of major population centers, including the capital, Naypyidaw. The nation, and the world, were left stunned. A coup had been telegraphed and feared, yet deemed improbable by many close observers of Myanmar’s vexed transition […]

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