Military coup in Myanmar: developments within the opposition.


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Session 10
Fri 14:00-15:30 Room 3.02



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On 1 February 2021, the Myanmar military staged a coup and overturned the civilian government under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi before the start of a new term. Ten years of democratic transition ended overnight. Since then, the military has faced strong and broad-based resistance which spans across ethnic, religious, class-based and generational divides in the country. To begin with, this took the form of large-scale and innovative street protests, online campaigns, and a broad-based civil disobedience movement (CDM) comprising public and private sector workers who refuse to work under a military regime. Among CDM members are also police officers and soldiers. Since April, the opposition to the military has become more politically organized, with the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) operating in exile and pledging for a new federal democracy. Simultaneously, armed resistance and people’s defense forces (PDFs) have emerged, resulting in new sites of violence and country-wide conflict. This panel will include presentations that explore the evolvement of the opposition to the military, its diversity, challenges, and tactics.