Protesters in Myanmar have taken to the streets in huge numbers this week following a military coup that removed the civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. An estimated 100,000 people gathered in Yangon on Wednesday, a day after police instigated the most violent scenes yet.
The Guardian’s south-east Asia correspondent, Rebecca Ratcliffe, tells Rachel Humphreys that the coup once again returns Myanmar to military rule, a decade after it began withdrawing to civilian politics. The most recent elections in November 2020 had given the party of Aung San Suu Kyi a mandate to continue ruling but the military disputed them, without evidence, as fraudulent.
As pro-democracy protesters continue to flood into the streets fearing another long period of economic isolation, the US has threatened sanctions and the coup has been widely condemned around the world. But will international pressure be felt by the military who now appear firmly in control?
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