Myanmar protests were triggered by a military coup in Myanmar. The military coup is violent suppression against citizens, and many citizens are losing their lives. In Korea, which has a similar past about 40 years ago, we have a lot of sympathy and support as we look at this situation.

Cause of 2021 Myanmar Protest

Protests in Myanmar, known locally as the Spring Revolution (Burmese: နွေဦးတော်လှန်ရေး), began in early 2021 in opposition to the coup d’état on 1 February, staged by Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the country’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw. As of 12 April 2021, at least 710 civilians of which at least 44 were children, have been killed by military or police forces and at least 3,080 people detained.

Protesters have employed peaceful and nonviolent forms of protest, which include acts of civil disobedience, labour strikes, a military boycott campaign, a pot-banging movement, a red ribbon campaign, public protests, and formal recognition of the election results by elected representatives. The colour red, which is associated with the National League for Democracy (NLD), has been donned by many protesters. “Kabar Ma Kyay Bu” (ကမ္ဘာမကျေဘူး), a song that was first popularised as the anthem of the 8888 Uprising, has been revitalised by the civil disobedience movement as a protest song. The three-finger salute has been widely adopted by protesters as a protest symbol.

In response to the growing protest movement, the military leaders of the coup enacted a number of countermeasures. These include internet and social media blackouts, a media blackout, pursuit of arrests and criminal sentences against protesters, the spread of disinformation, political overtures to competing political parties to participate in the self-appointed State Administration Council (to replace the elected government body), deployment of pro-military protesters and instigators, and the violent use of force to suppress protests.

Cause of Military coup d’etat

In the 2020 general election, the NDL party of Aung San Suu Kyi’s camp won overwhelming victory, and the military, fearing that its political influence would diminish, eventually triggered a coup.

The coup took place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Myanmar was struggling with one of the most severe outbreaks in Southeast Asia, owing to its poor health infrastructure and ongoing internal conflict. The country had begun its COVID-19 vaccination deployment a few days before the coup. The country’s economy had also been greatly affected by the pandemic, shrinking by 5% during 2020.

faces of the myanmar coup

History of Myanmar

  • ~1948: British and Japanese colonies
  • 1948: Independence
  • 1962: Coup D’etat by Military
  • 1988: Mass Democracy Protest (appeared Aung San Suu Kyi) , Suppressed by Military
  • 1989: Changed Nation title Burma to Myanmar (by Military)
  • 1990: NLD(lead by Aung San Suu Kyi) won in Election but Military refused to hand over
  • 2015: NLD won in Election
  • 2020: NLD won in Election
Aung San Suu Kyi with NLD logo

Similar Past in S.Korea

The Gwangju Uprising was a popular uprising in the city of Gwangju, South Korea, from May 18 to May 27, 1980 in which it is estimated that around 2,000 people were killed. During this period, Gwangju citizens took up arms (by robbing local armories and police stations) after local Chonnam University students who were demonstrating against the martial law government were fired upon, killed, raped and beaten by government troops. The event is sometimes called 5·18 (May 18; Korean: 오일팔; Hanja: 五一八; RR: Oilpal), in reference to the date the movement began. The uprising is also known as the Gwangju Democratization Struggle (Korean: 광주 민주화 항쟁; Hanja: 光州民主化抗爭), the May 18 Democratic Uprising, or the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement (Korean: 5·18 광주 민주화 운동; Hanja: 五一八光州民主化運動)

Although the protest was failed and it takes more time to meet democracy and finally S.Korea inherit the spirit of Gwangju Uprising.

Pray and Help for Myanmar in S.Korea

Most of S.Korea support Myanmar protest because we know the sad of history. Everyday watching the news and pray for Myanmar.

Support Myanmar in S.Korea

Many city, University declared support Myanmar. Also ‘Gwangju city’ declared support Myanmar.

How to help Myanmar

I want to help and ask you to help Myanmar. First, we should keep our eyes on Myanmar. Second, consistently share the news with your people. Third, donate and join the protest.

Here I shared links how to help Myanmar for information.

Support Myanmar from S.Korea