Mainly Myanmar (for the moment). New York, Rangoon, Bangkok, & Cambridge. RTs not endorsements.
Joined on 23 April, 2009
Our reporter captures the terrifying moment when police fired on demonstrators in Yangon's Thaketa Township, who had barricaded themselves in a narrow residential lane.
The two realities in Myanmar today: (1) a society that doesn't want to live another day under military rule and (2) an army that's been fighting a brutal counterinsurgency war non-stop for over seven decades and will use any means necessary to crush dissent.
Protesters say one man has been killed after police opened fire on people sheltering in a bus stop at Hledan. Several others have been injured. Police began firing live rounds at around 8:45am.
Amidst an escalating and violent crackdown these past few days as well as continued demonstrations across the country, terrible scenes in Yangon this morning as lethal force is used against peaceful protestors.
Villains on the street. Nothing more dangerous than setting armed civilians against other civilians. There is no depth to which Myanmar cannot descend over the coming weeks and months without a peaceful and democratic resolution to the present crisis.
The historian and former UN adviser @thantmyintu on why the Myanmar military seized power and the prospects of a democratic path for the country.
"Aid should be increased to protect people from the crisis, [which] comes at a time of already acute and rapidly escalating economic distress, in a country already facing multiple internal armed conflicts. If Burma implodes, the impact will be felt right across the region."
"China is the biggest loser from this coup." @TMclaughlin3 writes on why the military takeover in Myanmar could spell trouble for its authoritarian neighbor:
Excellent analysis of the (incredibly convoluted) Sino-Myanmar relationship of recent years. China had friendly ties with Aung San Suu Kyi's government and both sides were looking forward to far closer economic relations in the years to come. @TMclaughlin3
Indonesia's foreign minister has now cancelled her trip to Myanmar - which some critics had said would mark recognition of the junta that seized power on Feb. 1 #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Mediation next to impossible now. What's needed are creative ways to support the Burmese people at this critical juncture, in their demands for democracy, including the poorest and most vulnerable, who after a year of economic collapse were already facing a catastrophic future.
I've been a student of Myanmar history and politics my entire adult life; I've lived and worked in the country for over a dozen years; I know all the key actors in the present drama; and I can honestly say I don't know what the coming months will bring.
What I'm entirely sure however is that there's no possibility of a better future that doesn't include a radical break from the cultural attitudes as well as the political economies that have made dictatorship Myanmar's default system of government for more than half a century.
The outcome of the coming weeks will be determined by just two things: the will of an army that's crushed many protests before and the courage, skill and determination of the protesters (much of society) themselves. Two pivotal forces in the raw. Nothing is preordained.
(1) With widening arrests, increased used of lethal force, window for any peaceful resolution closing fast (2) international reactions of statements & sanctions will have no effect (3) economy at tipping point with banking paralysed & millions unlikely to receive Feb. salaries
Across Myanmar people organising for the Civil Disobedience Movement, showing extraordinary capacity for collective action that in future, under civilian govt, could & should be harnessed towards creating a fair & equitable, as well as more prosperous society (photo @dvbburmese)
"What’s hobbled Myanmar politics all these years has been gerontocracy and a narrow focus on elections and constitutions... But to succeed they will need to craft a progressive agenda across ethnic lines, centred on inequality and development as well as peace and justice."
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