Military Coup Transpires in Myanmar


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A Myanmarian tank and an armed guard block a road on the day of the coup.

  Just 26 days after the American riots on the Capital, a military coup in the Southeastern Asian country of Myanmar has ravaged the country, forcing it into a year-long lockdown.

  Two weeks into Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest, the acting military took over the country in a coup. Myanmar’s Military raid served as a reversal of power from a democratic rule, to a new military rule.

  Even though Sanderson High School is on the other side of the globe, students have made their thoughts clear on the issue.

  Myanmarian immigrant and Sanderson Sophomore Eh Ku Hser shared thoughts on the military raid, “We’ve run from the soldiers our whole lives. When will they stop killing and terrorizing our people?”

  Although Myanmar is a great distance away from the United States, these actions taken by the Myanmarian military remind Americans of a recent event closer to home- the Capitol riots. Although the riots on the Capital did not overturn the American government, the resemblance of the two is uncanny.

  “When I first heard about the coup, it immediately reminded me of the disrespectful Capitol riots,” Sophomore Ariel Ngandu said.“It sounds like a very messy situation and I can only hope the best for the Myanmarian people.”

  Because of the military’s forceful takeover of the country, the Myanmarian population’s future is in jeopardy, as a one-year lockdown was announced on the day of the riots. It is likely that because of many current government situations involving the house arrests and imprisonments of several top government officials, this lockdown could go well beyond a year.

  There are many similarities and differences between the Capitol riots and the military takeover of Myanmar, but one thing is for certain; the military coup in Myanmar has ripped a hole in the democratic fabric of the country. Because Myanmar is now in a state of panic as a whole, their future is unknown and these next couple of months may decide the long-term fate of the Southeastern Asian country.