Sunday, October 17

Myanmar: the hermetic country in transition to democracy that is now back in the hands of the military

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  • BBC World News

An ethnic Kayan woman shows her inked finger after voting at a polling station in Myanmar on November 8, 2020.


Millions of people voted in Myanmar’s general elections held on November 8 last year and in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was victorious.

It was considered a pariah state when, between 1962 and 2011, it lived under a harsh military regime. After a brief and weak democratic transition, he is now at risk of reverting to his dark past.

The Myanmar army – also known as Burma – on Monday staged a coup and detained the leader and noblewoman of Peace Aung San Suu Kyi, considered by many to be “the mother of the country.”

“It felt a bit like a already seen, as if we were going back to the starting point, “a 25-year-old girl who preferred not to give her name told the BBC.

But this is not the first time that the military leadership has taken power by force. In fact, what happened on Monday brought back bitter memories of sad episodes in the early 1960s and another in 1988.

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