The Irrawaddy looks at the individuals, groups and forces that shaped the course of events in one of the most tumultuous years in Myanmar’s modern history.
U Soe Thane, once hailed as the int’l face of U Thein Sein’s 2011 reforms, writes in his latest book that the military should have overthrown the NLD govt much sooner.
Former NLD lawmaker U Phyo Zeya Thaw was a rapper, activist, political prisoner and MP before his recent arrest by the junta, which has branded him a key enemy.
Sought by the junta, NLD member Myat Thida Htun draws strength from her last conversation with her father, who passed away after going into hiding following the coup.
A year after the election that should have seen them take up seats in Parliament, NLD MPs said they will never yield to the junta’s campaign of terror against them.
The UK’s minister of state for Asia said no representatives of the military regime are welcome to attend.
U Win Myint’s insistence that he would rather die when told to quit by the generals doesn’t surprise those familiar with his decades of self-sacrifice as a politician.
A whole new set of military, economic and social dynamics, both inside and outside the country, will make it much harder for the generals to impose their will this time.
Do the Tatmadaw’s generals and their cohorts believe the absurd fictions they use to justify their takeover and repressive rule? The answer is probably yes.