Aung San Suu Kyi : Myanmar Democracy Icon Who Fell From

The show trial of Aung San Suu Kyi is intended lớn prevent her return to politics. But it may kết thúc up cementing her legendary status in the country.

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Aung San Suu Kyi"s trial is unlikely lớn to weaken her symbolic power & that of the opposition forces


On February 1, 2021, the dayMyanmar"s military toppled the nation"s democratically elected government in a coup, Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested.

Since then, the country"s most prominent politician & pro-democracy advocate has once again been under house arrest.She had already been confined khổng lồ her home, with interruptions, for a total of 15 yearsbetween 1989 & 2012.

Immediately after her arrest, the military began bringing various charges against the former state councilor & leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, accusing her of violating araft of laws.

First, she was accused of violating alaw regulating imports and exports for the illegal importation và possession of walkie-talkie radios and violating coronavirus protocols under a disaster management law.

Then, the charges laid against her became more serious, including inciting public unrest, violations of the colonial-eraOfficial Secrets Actand corruption.

The military-controlled Anti-Corruption Agency has alleged that Suu Kyi illegally accepted $600,000 (€518,000) in bribes và seven pieces of gold.

The corruption trial is scheduled to begin on Friday. If convicted, the 76-year-oldfaces up khổng lồ 15 years in prison for this charge alone.


Analysts hotline out show trial

Suu Kyi, who has made a few brief virtual appearances at the hearings since her arrest, declared at her first court appearance on May 24 that the NLD would live on as long as the people lived. According lớn her legal team, she has rejected all the charges leveled against her.

David Scott Mathieson, an independent analyst who has been working on conflict, peace and human rights issues in Myanmar for over đôi mươi years, said there was no question that Suu Kyi"s was a show trial.

The military junta, và especially Senior GeneralMin Aung Hlaing, the military commander who took powerin February, wants to prevent Suu Kyi"s return to politics forever.

And a single conviction would be enough to lớn ensure that she no longer leads the các buổi tiệc nhỏ to participatein the election that the military regime has promised for August 2023.

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Suu Kyi still enjoys glowing reputation

Despite the trial và regardless of its outcome, there is no question that Suu Kyi"s stature will continue khổng lồ grow in the country. Among the population, much of which is behind her and the NLD, many believe that if the military had not ousted the civilian government, Suu Kyi và her buổi tiệc nhỏ would have led Myanmar into a golden future and that she would have completed her father"s work và created a united & just country.

Alongside her father, she will now likely become the country"s most significant symbolic figure.

At the same time, the opposition is turning away from Suu Kyi when it comes khổng lồ concrete policies.

The young Generation Z, the civil disobedience movement, the National Unity Government (NUG) formed by opponents of the coup to create an internal government-in-waiting và the People"s Defense Force (PDF), an armed opposition group, are all going their own ways.

The NUG president declared a "defensive people"s war" against the military government in early August, a clear departure from Suu Kyi"s nonviolent policy of dialogue. Suu Kyi, following the call for war, declared through her lawyers that she had no phản hồi on the matter.


Before the coup, there was growing criticism from civil society & even within the NLD about the slow pace of progress in several areas, including government peace negotiations with the armed ethnic groups and Suu Kyi"s economic policies.

The simultaneous exaltation and criticism of Suu Kyi is not contradictory. As a symbolic figure of resistance, she is as important as ever, but as a political actor her significance continues lớn diminish every day.

She is being replaced by the NUG, in cooperation with some ethnic minorities, whose common opposition to the military has led khổng lồ the formation of a united political front, at least for the time being.

Why is military going ahead withtrial?

If the military"s goal is to lớn weaken Suu Kyi"s symbolic power and thus the opposition forces, the trial obviously is unlikely khổng lồ achieve this. On the contrary, the trial would succeed in turningSuu Kyi into an even bigger legendary figure & will likelyhave no significant effect on the opposition"s ability khổng lồ act. So why is the military still going ahead with the trial?


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The military junta, and especially its leader Min Aung Hlaing, wants to prevent Suu Kyi"s return to politics forever


As in the past, the military wants to give the impression that it is upholding law & order. Và this includes a certain authoritarian-bureaucratic stubbornness.

Just how important it is for the military to lớn act in a supposedly lawful manner can be seen in its insistence lớn this day that the February coup was legal under the 2008 constitution because there was an imminent danger lớn the nation"s stability.

The constitution allows the military lớn take power in this case, but only after the president declares a state of emergency. However, since the president, a thành viên of the NLD, had already been arrested, the vice president appointed by the military declared thatMyanmar"s stability was at risk và that it was necessary for the armed forces lớn take power.

For the trial against Suu Kyi, this bureaucratism means that, once the process has been opened, it must be brought to a conclusion.