What’s really happening in Myanmar (Burma), a cautionary tale

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As I watch the destruction and death in Myanmar — Burma, it reminds me of Speaker Pelosi attempting to get Generals to go along with a military coup. She suggested it to the Generals and they abruptly rejected the idea.

Let, Burma serve as a cautionary tale because we have leaders who are capable of doing exactly what happened in Myanmar also known as Burma.

As the coup in Myanmar took place on February 1st, this teacher was doing her aerobics out in the open, completely unaware of the coup by the military over the fragile democratic government. After a decade of democratic rule, elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her party are among hundreds of people detained, including an Australian professor who serves as Suu Kyi’s advisor.

THE SURPRISE COUP

Myanmar or Burma has over 135 different ethnic minorities. They make up about a third of the Myanmar population of 54 million. They were ignored so the military took over from 1962 to 2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi fought for freedom from the military and was kept under house arrest for 15 years.

Under international pressure, the military gave up some of its power and there was a referendum. In 2015 Ms Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy(NLD) won.

Suu Kyi’s reputation was tarnished for allegedly cooperating with the military. And the minority populations are unhappy and claim there is a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group.

Last November Myanmar had its first election since that one in 2015, and the NLD won again, in a massive landslide victory.

The military immediately claimed the elections were fraudulent, even though the electoral commission declared there were no significant problems.

The military threatened a coup, no one listened, and as Parliament was ready to assemble, the military took over.

Since then, people have protested. It often ends in killings.

Update

To update this, I should add that these are communists against communists and George Soros is in the country stirring up the usual chaos.

The military junta in Myanmar has detained an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and has frozen the billionaire financier’s bank accounts in the country under the suspicion that the group funded elements opposed to the February coup in the country, according to news reports.

In the immediate aftermath of the coup, during mass civil disobedience in the country, the Global New Light of Myanmar — a military propaganda newspaper — alleged that Open Society Myanmar withdrew $1.4 million from its account at the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank, or SMED, according to Reuters.

That money then was exchanged into the local currency, the kyat; the military newspaper said this was done “without following the necessary rules and regulations.

The propaganda outlet also noted that Suu Kyi has been seen with Soros.

In a separate emailed statement on March 16, the Open Society Foundations insisted none of the transactions were illegal and demanded the release of its worker, according to Reuters.

“The Open Society Foundations are deeply concerned by reports that an OSM (Open Society Myanmar) staff member has been detained in Myanmar,” the statement read.

PROTESTS AND RIOTS


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