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Letter to the Editor: Why Americans need to pay attention to Myanmar

 

Last updated 3/25/2021 at 11:44pm



Early in the morning on Feb. 1, 2021, the military in Myanmar arrested the democratically elected civilian leaders, including human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, and seized power in a shocking coup. Military generals claimed, without any evidence, that the 2020 election had been fraudulent. Citizens immediately took to the streets to protest. At least 21 protestors have been killed to date, as unrest continues.

Americans may not feel like the coup in Myanmar is relevant to us, but on Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. came dangerously close to our own coup. Unsubstantiated claims of election fraud, s...



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