The start of this conflict goes back to November 2020 when Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a huge victory in national elections, with the military proxy party performing poorly. The result was then declared fraudulent by the army, despite observers rejecting this claim. After it seemed the country had formed a democracy, albeit a fragile one, over recent years, the military seized power again, appointing General Min Aung Hlaing as leader. The military tendency towards repression and violence, as evidenced by the Rohingya Genocide we have seen in recent years, combined with the huge amounts of civil unrest and protests have thrust the future of the country into utter disarray.
The turbulence that Myanmar has experienced over the past several years has been devastating for the country, thousands have fallen victims to the callous cruelty of the military. And whilst there are countless criticisms that should be voiced about Aung Sun Suu Kyi, with her tenure as leader being widely condemned by human rights organisations, her removal from power is a deeply troubling development in the region and one that can only worsen the conditions for those in Myanmar.