Thousands protest over Myanmar coup


Myanmar protestors are still on with the fight for democracy as they have entered their ninth day of protests. They demand democracy be restored. They also demand their leaders be freed from detention. 

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a city in South East Asia and neighbours other countries such as Thailand, China, and India. It gained its independence in 1948 and ever since the armed forces have ruled it from 1962 until 2011. The government has been trying to introduce the civilian rule that saw a woman leader’s leadership in November.

Aung San Su Kyi is among the female leaders on the front who was detained. Her party was elected as the winning party in November but the military claims that the votes were acquired fraudulently. Internet and mobile services had been shut off during the protests and were only restored on Monday since Sunday.

The military has taken its power back and declared a year-long state of emergency, which has angered the country’s residents and people. The military took over after claiming fraud over Suu Kyi election. She is under arrest and being charged with possessing illegally imported walkie-talkies.

Many of her supporters have also been arrested. Power is now under the commander in chief Min Aung Hlaing. He has faced criticism for the alleged military attacks among civilians.

During the military takeover which is a staged coup, he said that the military is on the people’s side and would form a ”true and disciplined democracy”.The military promises to hold a free and fair election after the end of the state of emergency. The people are claiming that Suu Kyi is their only hope to restore democracy.

There has been a long rivalry between the military and Suu Kyi for over 15 years now. The military believes that they are the only force that can bring Myanmar together. Reports are being made that the commander in chief is on the verge of retirement, and therefore he is making efforts to still be in power.

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