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Myanmar coup: A year of torture, violence, protests and unaccounted deaths

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It has been a year since government was overthrown and power was seized in Myanmar after a military coup. The military junta is known for using violent means to chase away the protesters.

Over 1,500 people are known to have been killed in year-long protests against Myanmar coup. There is a possibility of thousands more who would have been killed in the armed conflict, as per the United Nations human rights office.

On February 1, 2021, Tatmadaw took over Myanmar by overthrowing the working government and putting the main leaders under arrest.

At least 11,787 people were unlawfully detained in Myanmar in this period of coup; figures include 8,792 who remain in custody, UN human rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said.

From time to time, Myanmar’s ruling junta has disputed past estimates of the death toll made by rights groups.

There have been deaths due to violence, torture and under custody as well.

Also, this figure of 1,500 does not include people who were killed due to the armed conflict.

Myanmar coup: How it began?

The military junta first detained Aung San Suu Kyi. She was the country’s elected leader, and senior members of her government were also arrested before announcing their coup.

This move prompted widespread anger in the country. Myanmar had been making a gradual shift towards democracy.

Soon, protests erupted alongside a mass disobedience movement.

The military hit these protesters back with force and nearly 1,500 people were killed in this crackdown.

Some of the civilians have also taken up arms. It has been a year since the coup and there are very little signs of normalcy returning to Myanmar any sooner.

Despite the international consensus to restore the civilian government, the situation looks grim.

In January, 2022, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen became the first foreign leader to visit Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi has numerous charges against her imposed by the military junta. These are some of the realities of Myanmar coup, rest remain to be seen.

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Hina Fatima Khan
Hina Fatima Khan
Multi-media Journalist based in India with an experience of 7 years in the industry, Hina Fatima Khan works as a Senior Sub-Editor at The Vocal News. Her areas of interest are Politics, Business, History and World Affairs. She is also a Space enthusiast and enjoys scrabble in the Newspapers. She has done Masters in Convergent Journalism from Mass communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia University.

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