“Do not enter.” By: Psyche The Myanmar military often posts this sign on land that they have forcefully appropriated from local owners and residents. Ethnic minorities of… Read more “DO NOT ENTER”
Last week in Thanphyuyat, I was stopped at the toll gate. The soldier there confiscated and checked my phone. I’m used to soldiers checking things: It reminded me of when they checked my ID in Rakhine State. But there’s a feeling of numb panic when someone checks your phone during a military coup.
As an ethnic minority in Myanmar, I have a different lens on the story than most. You see, for many ethnic groups, we distrust both the military and the National League for Democracy…
While I am having Kyatayo(Thai noodles) at a papaya salad shop, I am reading the news of Myanmar protests and lethal crackdowns by Min Aung Hlaing’s military government in major cities and towns.
VOICES FROM A COUP series:
I write this in urgency, unsure of whether I will be stripped of my freedom and my life. But if I were to vanish, I hope this piece will help other parts of the world.
VOICES FROM A COUP series: General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the government installed by the coup, said conducting a coup was “inevitable” (Sai Wanna, 2021). The coup was conducted to take power from the re-elected government of Daw Aung San Su Kyi’s National League of Democracy Party due to the state of emergency (Myanmar Now, 2021a) under the Section 417 of the 2008 Constitution, which focuses on the loss of national solidarity, sovereignty and the rise of insurgency, violence and other impacts.
VOICES FROM A COUP series: The Burma/Myanmar military, Tatmadaw, has conducted four coups since 1958. The first coup was activated by the Tatmadaw leader, General Ne Win, in 1958 while U Nu, the head of Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League government (AFPFL), ruled the country.