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ANALYSIS: Coup in Myanmar and Rohingya
February 3rd, 2021 at 1:41 am
ANALYSIS: Coup in Myanmar and Rohingya

by Omer Selim Sher in Ottawa

We have to look at the issue of military Coup d’état of Myanmar by completely blocking the Rohingya issue. Otherwise, there will be confusion. Western countries have already started seeing it as an ‘attack on democracy’. Joe Biden’s America has said directly that action will be taken against those involved in the coup does not return to “stability.”

The White House said in a statement that the U.S. “will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed.” A spokeswoman for US President Joe Biden said Washington was “alarmed” by reports of the Myanmar military’s “steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition” as well as the arrest of Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders.

“The United States opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition, and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed,” Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The US Secretary of State, Antony J Blinken, also expressed “grave concern” in a statement and urged the military to “reverse” its actions immediately.US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has called for the acceptance of the results of the November 8 “democratically held elections”. So, the United States, led by Joe Biden, has taken a stand against the seizure of power by Myanmar’s military and has threatened to take “action” against Myanmar’s military.

It will take more time for it to be clear what action the US will take in Myanmar. Whether there will be any new political tensions in the subcontinent over the Myanmar incident is not immediately clear.

However, the military’s seizure of power has provided an opportunity to restore Suu Kyi’s image in the international arena. The stigma attached to Suu Kyi’s image on the Rohingya issue is being washed away, creating new sympathy and acceptance.

From Joe Biden’s America to the West, Aung San Suu Kyi will once again be a symbol of democracy – in due to the military takeover.

The military is a partner in politics in the country. Democracy in that country has never been free. She assured the people of democracy from her long imprisonment. Being elected, Suu Kyi could not keep her promise.

The Rohingya issue has been condemned around the world. Myanmar’s diplomatic relations with Bangladesh are not normal on the Rohingya issue. In this case, the future knows what the role of the neighboring state will be with Suu Kyi.

However, the arrest of Suu Kyi in Southeast Asia will increase political tension in the subcontinent!


Omer Selim Sher is a retired Professor of Economics at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada, and a researcher on South Asian politics.