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Update on the Situation in Mynamar

World: Earlier this year, apart from COVID-19 causing a major uproar, another disastrous event caused a huge outcry in the nation of Myanmar. With the military seizing power and detaining major political leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi, the conditions in the state were slowly deteriorating. The report suggested further developments in the nation such as no internet connectivity as well as disrupted phone lines.

Even after major oppositions and “warnings” including the nationwide protests and external pressure from the UN as well as the USA, military generals showed no signs of backing down. Moreover, one of the lead spokespeople for the State Administration Council, Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun stated that the actions of the military were in accordance with the 2008 Constitution and therefore, the military was in line w.r.t. to the law and “not a coup”.

Another shocking event happened when India, one of the leading pro-democracies decided to join Myanmar’s Military Parade. This event not only shocked other nations but also, some of the leading scholars and leaders in India. This move of the Indian government shocked many pro-democracies because after all, India is one of the largest democracies in the world. In addition, other nations that attended the event were somewhat expected to do so, however, India out of the batch was the only one that could be considered truly democratic. As of now, no one knows because India is yet to release a statement on the same. 

The statement is much needed because of the severity of the situation, considering the fact that on the day of the Military parade, approximately 90 civilians were killed. This day is definitely one of the bloodiest days of the protests. The situation in Myanmar is getting worse by the day.

Current: On Saturday, security officers in Myanmar clashed with locals armed with catapults and crossbows during a hunt for firearms in the Ayeyarwady river delta region. According to local media, up to 20 individuals were slain.

Recent reports showed that the state news channels referred the individuals who were killed and arrested as “terrorists”.

A junta spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters about the incident in the village of Kyonpyaw in the Ayeyarwady Region’s Kyonpyaw township. Reuters was unable to independently verify the toll. Since overthrowing elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi after a decade of democratic reforms had opened up the once-closed country, the army has battled to maintain control.

The Ayeyarwady region, an important rice-growing region with large populations of both the Bamar majority ethnic group, from which much of the army is derived, and the Karen minority, experienced some of the worst violence since the coup.

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