Coup d’état in Burma, repression and risk of civil war

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Burma is not getting back on its feet. The situation in the country since the military coup d’état of February 1 is getting worse as the days go by, and violence is increasing. The population, desperate, continues with daily protests, many of them peaceful, which end in all occasions with repression and assassinations by the army and the military junta in command, led by commander Min Aung Hlaing.

Total control of power is maintained by the army after the imprisonment of the leader Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the key persons in the democratic transition and in control of the government until the coup. The executive elected in the elections of November 2020 did not convince the military, who arrested a large part of them, thus initiating a new stage of dictatorship. However, the Burmese population is reluctant to accept it and it could lead to a situation similar to a civil war.

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The situation in the country since the military coup d’état of February 1 is getting worse as the days go by, and violence is increasing

This week, the UN special envoy to Burma (Myanmar), Christine Schraner Burgener, warned of the risk of a civil war and an “imminent bloodbath” in Burma by the coup army and asked the Security Council to consider “significant actions that could reverse the course of events” in this Asian country.

According to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners of Burma, since February 1, 510 people have died and 2,574 have been arrested in a country where respect for human rights is conspicuous by its absence.

The flows of people at the border with Thailand are increasing. This Monday about 2,000 people tried to cross the border to flee the army bombardment of their villages, with the unpleasant surprise that the Thai government has turned them back and refused to give them shelter.

After the escalation of tensions in recent weeks, the army has shown that it is not going to tremble and is ready to implement total repression on its population, and even to go as far as civil war.

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