A Brief on The Myanmar Crisis
7 June 2022
On the 1st of February 2021, elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other National League for Democracy members were apprehended by the country’s armed forces. General Min Aung Hlaing, the Myanmar army commander-in-chief, declared fraud in the 2020 general elections and announced an emergency for a year.
He claimed new elections would be conducted, almost immediately after the victory of the NLD in the general elections ideas for the government takeover was set in motion. They decided to stage the coup after Suu Kyi declined to comply with the military demands during Chinese-brokered negotiations between the NLD and the Military.
Activists opposing this have formed the Campaign for Civil Disobedience (CDM) and have assisted organize strikes and large rallies. The military has responded with live fire, water cannons, and rubber bullets. What began as civil insubordination has turned into a somewhat civil war across Myanmar. Native militias naming themselves People's Defence Forces, or PDFs, have struck military groups and executed officials.
ASEAN's reply to the Myanmar crisis has diverged public opinion in Southeast Asia. Some of those who approve of its method only somewhat more than those in the opposing faction.
The delegates of China have proposed a solution to enhance the FPC which the ASEAN already has. This solution is called the DDD standing for discipline, Dialogue, and Development. Countries like Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, and Laos have supported this. Although Japan states that the FPC is a “Lamborghini with no engine”. Instead, they suggested OASIS and refused to elaborate.