The answer is simple: Min Aung Hlaing is afraid.
Regime boss Min Aung Hlaing is also unrivaled in his brutality and cruelty, which exceed those of even his notorious predecessors Ne Win and Than Shwe.
Ne Win’s 1962 coup was the root of the evils that plague Myanmar today. Min Aung Hlaing chose to perpetuate those evils—a choice that will, in time, be his downfall.
Both the junta and the Kremlin have underestimated the people they seek to subdue; these avowed friends must not be allowed to succeed and vindicate each other’s actions.
The disastrous events triggered by the coup have convinced Myanmar’s people there can be no place for the current military institution in their country’s future.
The armed resistance to the junta shows the Myanmar people have taken their destiny into their own hands.
The resistance has popular and international support, and the military is crumbling from within, US scholar Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd tells The Irrawaddy in an interview.
Things may get worse before they get better, but the people will keep fighting, because if the coup leader has his way, they will remain slaves to the military forever.
The junta assault on Lay Kay Kaw has met fierce resistance from insurgents and armed civilian groups who are outgunned but have morale and public support on their side.
Min Aung Hlaing and his junta wield the power of evil, but today’s nationwide protest was a potent reminder to them that an entire nation rejects their illegitimate rule.
Arrival of high-ranking officials from China, Japan and Thailand shows junta wants to prevent further diplomatic isolation.
With its rightful occupant currently detained by the junta, Myanmar’s seat at the ASEAN Summit is empty.
Beijing has long played a complex diplomatic game in its southern neighbor, hedging its bets by courting all stakeholders; the UN representation issue is no different.
The people of Myanmar sympathize with their counterparts in Afghanistan, another strategically vital neighbor of China whose descent into dictatorship Beijing welcomes.
Than Shwe envisioned permanent political supremacy for the military. Thein Sein’s attempt to realize it was rejected by the people. Min Aung Hlaing’s coup is Plan B.