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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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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April 5, 2021, 6:00 a.m. ET


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.


Hannah Beech, the Southeast Asia bureau chief for The New York Times.

ImageSoldiers and police monitoring a protest in Yangon, Myanmar, in February.
Soldiers and police monitoring a protest in Yangon, Myanmar, in February.Credit…The New York Times

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