"In the year since Myanmar’s coup on February 1 2021, the country’s prospects
have deteriorated sharply, with untold misery for millions: deaths, arrests,
detention, sickness, displacement, poverty and trauma.
The military’s misjudgement of the popular mood means the coup leader, Senior
General Min Aung Hlaing, and his lieutenants still have only a loose grip on
The regime’s heavy-handed and often callous response to the initially peaceful
defiance also means protest groups have been forced underground, where they
have linked up with the exiled National Unity Government.
The ongoing detention of the eternally popular State Counsellor Aung San Suu
Kyi, President Win Myint, and scores of other senior figures in the National
League for Democracy government, including Australian economics advisor
Professor Sean Turnell, has required a new generation of activists and leaders
to step up the resistance both on the ground and online.
While many of these activists have successfully evaded arrest, and some have
found sanctuary with sympathetic ethnic armed groups in the borderlands, others
have been detained and paraded as “terrorists”.
They then disappear deep into the regime’s prisons and torture centres. To
confront the military regime takes untold courage. This includes the countless
supporters who are not on the front line, but quietly use their networks,
resources and skills to undermine the confidence of the dictatorship."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics