Myanmar-A State in Crisis

Two months on from Myanmar’s coup d’état executed by its military, the Tatmadaw, the situation remains turbulent. On February 1st, in an early morning raid, the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of the country’s ruling party were detained and a country in a fragile democratic state retreated into stratocracy. The leaders’ detainment and the subsequent declaration of a state of emergency were justified by the Tatmadaw who believe the government failed to prevent voter fraud in the recent general election. The detained leader was replaced by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing who assumed all state power, an indication of the country returning to military rule. However, General Hlaing and the ruling Junta have been met with protests from citizens concerned for the country’s democratic future. Protests which they have met with violence to maintain dominion of Myanmar. An effort that has so far claimed the lives of more than 737 civilians and displaced a further 250,000 people.