Why the NLD Victory Hasn’t Meant Much for Myanmar’s Ethnic … – The Diplomat

The military’s remaining hold on power, coupled with deep distrust in ethnic regions, means the NLD has few options.

By for The Diplomat

On January 9, during a local peace dialogue held in the Irrawaddy division in southern Myanmar, a group of high school and university students staged a satirical play addressing military clashes between the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) and ethnic opposition groups. The next week, the Tatmadaw brought defamation charges against the students, claiming that the drama “damaged the reputation of the army.” The event and subsequent lawsuit, which was reported in The Irrawaddy on January 23, come amid heightened ethnic tensions across Myanmar in recent months, and a renewed willingness on the part of both the military and the civilian government to crack down on free speech, especially over the sensitive issue of the…

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