A month after the military coup and the arrest of the head of government Aung San Suu Kyi, protests continue in the streets of Burma. As of Sunday, 18 people were killed by the police, who opened fire to disperse the processions in various cities in the country.
Every day from February 1 Burmese citizens are taking to the streets to demand the return of democracy. But now the soldiers are shooting at them. The generals found that the threats, intimidation, arrests were not enough to quell the protest and that is why, on Sunday, riot police used firearms against the crowd gathered in different locations: Mandalay, Bago, Yangon.
There were 18 deaths, according to the United Nations, and very often young people under the age of 25. The strategy of the Burmese army is now clear: reign in terror to accept the coup.
Youth on the front line
Despite this, the population is still mobilized, although, according to some witnesses, the processions are increasingly rare in the last hours. Young Burmese still want to believe it. In fact, ten years ago and at the end of the previous military dictatorship, a new generation has emerged.
Young people between the ages of 18 and 30, whom we see a lot in the processions, grew up in a period of democratic transition. They tested a form of freedom that the military wants to eliminate. They remain determined, but until when?
What is the risk of Aung San Suu Kyi?
This Monday is a new hearing in the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi. What exactly is she at risk? It is very difficult to know what it is incurring since the reasons why it is being processed no longer make sense.
In fact, these are pretexts to hide an impeachment. It was beginning to take up too much space in the eyes of the military, becoming a threat to their power. So for the moment, he is under house arrest, as he had been for almost fifteen years by these same soldiers. It was between 1995 and 2010.