On 1 February 2021, the Myanmar military (known as the Tatmadaw) staged a coup d’état against the democratic government. In reality, democracy in Myanmar is highly debatable. Since the first general elections were held in 2015, the military has reserved large shares of power for itself.
What’s more, Myanmar’s top leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has turned out to be a huge disappointment: before she came to power, it seemed that she would turn this country into a bastion of democracy and human rights in the region. However, under her rule, genocides have been perpetrated against racial minorities.
Why has the Myanmar Army staged a coup d’état? What chance do Burmese citizens have of preserving their frail democracy? In this video we tell you.
China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.
A coup d’état or just coup is the removal and seizure of a government and its powers. Typically, it is an illegal, unconstitutional seizure of power by a political faction, the military, or a dictator.
India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the second-most populous country, the seventh-largest country by land area, and the most populous democracy in the world. New Delhi is the capital.
It has an exceptionally diverse population, with Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and other religions speaking over 21 recognised languages.
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.