Myanmar’s Protest MovementThe News Lens Feature
From Aye Minh Thant’s groundbreaking report on the day of the coup February 1, to transnational perspectives from Kirsten Han in Singapore and Bryan Chou in Taiwan, we bring together a selection of our coverage of the protest movement in Myanmar.
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“As an overseas Myanmar person, all I can do is to get the voices from Myanmar heard, noticed, and have foreigners come together to help my country,” Thomas Chen said.
“I believe what has happened in Myanmar would echo in the minds of many Hongkongers, because our rights, our freedom, our hope for the future are also being deprived by similar institutionalized state violence.”
The Singaporean government has denounced Myanmar’s armed forces for using lethal weapons against protesters, but it is unlikely to take action against the military leaders.
In Myanmar, demonstrators and ethnic minorities have united to oppose the military, but they have different visions for the country’s future.
Myanmar elders understand on a visceral level that the military is not a rational actor. Those of us lucky enough to be young enough to have only passing memories of pre-transition Myanmar are just starting to internalize this.