Myanmar Anti-Coup Protesters Gather Outside Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium

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Members of the Burmese community in Tokyo gathered outside the Olympic stadium to protest and bring attention to Myanmar’s military coup, claiming that the athletes from Myanmar participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are not representative of the whole country.

Ten years after Myanmar began its transition to democracy — following decades of brutal military rule and isolation — the armed forces are back in power. After former dissident Aung San Suu Kyi, the charismatic daughter of the country’s modern founder, scored another in a series of sweeping election victories, the generals disputed the vote and took her into custody. That set off major street protests that were met with deadly force against civilians, including children. The coup was another blow for Southeast Asia’s poorest country after accusations of genocide perpetrated against the Muslim Rohingya minority that tarnished Suu Kyi’s image abroad and clobbered vital foreign investment.

A relentless surge of infections driven by the more contagious delta variant over the past two months is adding to the challenges of containing the pandemic in one of Southeast Asia’s poorest nations. Months long anti-coup protests and strikes, which were met with violence and intimidation from the military, have paralyzed many industries.

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