Myanmar’s democratic movement emerges from the shadow of imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi


Aung San Suu Kyi, the imprisoned Myanmar leader, is separated from the youthful protestors who are creating their path to democracy outside of her shadow.
Her National League for Democracy (NLD) administration was deposed six months ago on Sunday (Aug 1), sparking a popular revolt and a brutal military crackdown that has killed almost 1,000 people.
Despite her worldwide reputation deteriorating after she governed in a power-sharing arrangement with the generals, Ms Suu Kyi remains a respected figure in Myanmar for her brave opposition to a previous dictatorship.
However, for those who are still battling, the revolution must go beyond the Nobel Laureate’s decades-old struggle and permanently eliminate military domination over the country’s politics and economy.
“We’re on strike not because of the NLD, but because we don’t want our children to grow up under military rule as we did,” a 33-year-old doctor told AFP after being dismissed for participating in demonstrations.
Myanmar’s younger activists have more in common with their colleagues in Hong Kong and Thailand than with the older veterans of their own country’s political struggles, as seen by social media-organized flash mob protests and the adoption of the three-finger pro-democracy salute.


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