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What’s happening in Myanmar? The background noise that led to an Army coup

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Myanmar’s military has assumed control of the country in a coup in the early hours of Monday, February 1st.

It wasn’t a total surprise as some of the Military’s leaders had been huffing and puffing out load about the November general elections when Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won all but 33 seats of the 476 seat national parliament. A landslide by any measure.

State counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, and several other NLD leaders were arrested in early-morning raids, conducted with military precision. It was a bloodless coup by the generals complained of election fraud in the November 8 election. They cited alleged evidence in their reasons for the coup. None has been presented to the Burmese people at this time.

The Army say they will take control for 12 months under emergency powers granted to them in the county’s constitution… a constitution cobbled together by the generals to ensure they never really lost a grip on the control levers.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

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    Robert Bunker

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Where’s the story??

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Chief Tyrant Despot Dictator number one, P.M. Prayut Cha Cha Cha, will have seen this and ordering his Elves: There do you see what happens when you give the peasants an election? They show no gratitude whatsoever.
    That’s it, no election for my peasants.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      Not defending him, but I think you’re probably a bit nearer to “Chief Tyrant Despot Dictator number one” in Phnom Penh than we are here, Toby.

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    crispy

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    The Myanmar story is imho not a story about a military that takes over, ejecting a democratically elected government frim power against the wishes of the people.

    No. I don’t think so.

    It is a story about a military protecting its rackets. Yes.

    But it is also interesting how much support they have at home and that the opposition is mainly Western inspired.

    Consider instead Indian (by culture) Muslims invading a Chinese Buddhist country, the West pressuring the elected government to give them citizenship, the elected government bowing under the pressure and starting to take back the illegals its military had thrown out, and the military finally saying it’s had enough.

    The military were very heavily defeated in November’s election. True. That means people want democratically elected leaders that respond to their wishes… Which includes a govt not responding to the wishes of foreign powers, at their expense.

    The military were defeated at the ballot box because no-one thinks military can set goals and act politically – the military can only plan and implement but they cannot set goals. True. They are politically minded in that sense.

    The people of Myanmar are behind the military because they don’t want Muslim Indians pouring into their country from Chittagong and East Bengal.

    Also, consider relations between India and China.

    And relations between The West and China.

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      Ynwaps

      Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Too many humans that better figure out how to work together or are left behind.

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    crispy

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    THE MILITARY DEFEND THE COUNTRY AGAINST IBCADERS
    .
    @J Cullip

    The Myanmar story is not a story about a military that takes over, ejecting a democratically elected government against the wishes of the people.

    No.

    It is a story about Indian (by culture) Muslims invading a Chinese Buddhist country, the West pressuring the elected government to give them citizenship, the elected government bowing under the pressure and starting to take back the illegals its military had thrown out, and the military finally saying it’s had enough.

    The military were very heavily defeated in November’s election. That means people want democratically elected leaders that respond to their wishes and not the wishes of foreign powers at their expense.

    The military were defeated at the ballot box because no-one thinks military can set goals and act politically – the military can only plan and implement but they cannot set goals.

    The people of Myanmar are 100% behind the military because they don’t want Muslim Indians pouring into their country from Chittagong and East Bengal.

    A few of “the rohingya” trace their ancestry to Muslims who lived in Arakan in the 15th and 16h centuries, muslim because the arab traders conversions along the silk road, but most Rohingyas arrived in the 19th and 20th centuries, as Arakine was a vast and fertile land with few inhabitants. British colonialists brought them in, to till the land and create wealth, which they did, though they are Bengali Muslims from Chittagong for the most part.

    As this area is Buddhist Burma, the few locals greatly resented the entry of these people – they are Bengalis (Indian culturally, not Chinese) and Muslim. They have no rights as Burmese citizens and the Burmese military repeatedly try to chase the back to East Bengal saying they are illegal immigrants. Suu Kyi takes the same line, in her heart, but western powers and NGOs accuse her of apartheid, racism, ethnic cleansing etc.

    Bear in mind that Bangladesh is a recent creation from Pakistan, itself created to separate Hindu and Muslim, forever fighting.

    So this is Buddhist military ethnic cleansing of Indian Muslim illegal immigrants into their land.

    Who is right?

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 11:00 am

    If the Burmese had stayed British after the war, Burmese would have had the option of living in the east end of London on the 14th floor of Tower Hamlets now.
    They could have lived out the rest of their live on benefits, free health care, and a pension when they were old enough.
    But they wanted their independence, and look what resulted?
    Tragic!

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      Crispy

      Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 4:07 am

      They could have been another singapore

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    CJ Hinke

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    The real story is the IMF gave a $360mil cash handout to Myanmar for coronavirus relief just days before the coup. The generals were just waiting to pounce. Lots of khaki pockets to fill.

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    jesus monroe

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Whats taking them so long to do a Hong Kong Thailand move…….Nothing like a few bullets whizzing around to quell all……..poor bastards

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    Richard

    Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Guess what folks, the military coup in Myanmar or as we know it Burma is because of fraudulent election, and just guess the voting system.
    DOMINION

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