A Military That Murders Its Own People
Following a coup in Myanmar, security forces have cracked down brutally on civilians. We ask why soldiers have so readily turned against the population.,
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Two months ago, Myanmar’s military carried out a coup, deposing the country’s elected civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and closing the curtains on a five-year experiment with democracy.
In the weeks since, the Burmese people have expressed their discontent through peaceful protest and mass civil disobedience — millions have stopped working in the hopes of putting financial pressure on the military rulers.
The military has responded with brutal violence, killing hundreds, including children, and arresting thousands.
We look at the crackdown and how Myanmar’s unique military culture encourages officers to see civilians as the enemy.
On today’s episode
Four officers speak about life in the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s feared army, which has turned its guns on civilians again. “The Tatmadaw is the only world” for most soldiers, one said.
Myanmar’s security forces have killed more than 40 children since February. Here is the story of one, Aye Myat Thu. She was 10.
As the nation’s military kills, assaults and terrorizes unarmed civilians each day, some protesters say there is no choice but to fight the army on its own terms.
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Hannah Beech contributed reporting.
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