Myanmar’s path from Junta regime to democracy and back
Violence erupted after the coup when Suu Kyi’s supporters demanded her release and the restoration of an elected government. Soldiers have killed more than 1,300 people, according to the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners (Burma), a human rights organization, which reports that more than 7,700 people have been detained. According to the United Nations Human Rights Council, ill treatment and torture have resulted in death in custody. Some of the former government’s supporters formed what they called the Government of National Unity, forming armed units known as the People’s Self-Defense Forces; They have allied with nationalist rebel groups that have long fought the army. In September, the NUG declared a “war of the people’s defense”, calling on civilians to rise up against the government. Resistance tactics include assassinations, clashes with troops, and improvised explosive device attacks. As of mid-September, the NUG claims resistance forces have killed more than 1,700 service members.
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