Tightening grip: Democracy remains choked in Myanmar

Author names – Krishnan Srinivasan and Sanjay Pulipaka

Through a coup in February 2021, the Burmese military (Tatmadaw) dismissed the elected civilian government, prompting massive protests in the country. The Tatmadaw sought to contain the opposition through coercive tactics and by sentencing democracy activists to prolonged incarceration and capital punishment. On December 30, Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace prize and Myanmar’s leading politician, was sentenced to a further seven years in prison by a military court, making it a total of 33 years under various charges, which most observers consider to be trumped-up fabrications. By this verdict, the Tatmadaw delivers another signal that it will not negotiate with the democratic opposition.

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