End the #MilitaryCoupInMyanmar, because the persecuted Rohingya are likely to suffer even more under the junta than they did under the National League for Democracy (NLD). My interview with Yasmin Ullah, a Canadian Rohingya exile, goes into more depth (full interview linked underneath the clip below):
End the military coup, because over 200 protestors have been shot dead and over 1000 detained to date (unconfirmed). End the coup because my new friend Nway, a medical student from near Mandalay, fears for her own life and the lives of her family, and because many young people like her are without a future as long as the junta remain in power (full interview linked underneath the highlight clip):
I began to interview Myanmese people of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) against the coup that began in February 2021, not just to do my tiny part to raise awareness but to develop my broader service to global activism and post-capitalism. I strongly hold the view that ever peaceful movement for social change -including civil disobedience against military dictatorships- has lessons to teach us for the advancement of the strategy of every movement for global systems change. By ‘global systems change’, I mean a transition, broadly, to localised and internationalist post-capitalist societies.
The work of learning from movements of civil disobedience cannot only be done on an objective level, for instance reasoning out what may or may not be working for the CDM in Myanmar. The only way forward is to engage emotionally with the Myanmese people, offering what limited support we can from outside the country, to their urgent practical situation. Fighting the corner of historically oppressed ethnic minorities in Myanmar is especially important.
I hope it will be possible for us in the global north and west, as well as around the world, to help the Myanmese advance strategically as well as learn from any strategy they may be deploying. This recent article by two Myanmese journalists seems to give a good strategic overview.
It is difficult to get information from Myanmar since the junta repeatedly cut off access to the internet and have recently revoked the licenses of five indie media outlets in the country.
However via Twitter and other platforms I will continue to reach out, to support and to learn. I personally believe there is hope and strategic insight to be gained from focusing on the border zones of Myanmar with neighbouring countries such as Thailand.
While I have a vision of a post-capitalist future, meanwhile I realise that every struggle against military patriarchy and towards at least some form of democracy must be supported. People are dying right now.
Moreover, it is more than conceivable that with the worsening climate crisis, formerly democratic but increasingly autocratic and eco-fascistic governments will take to the use of military force against their own peoples, imposing extreme austerity the likes of which most of us have never seen or experienced, rather than make the difficult structural and cultural changes needed to variously transform and put to rest the corporate-capitalist forces which are destroying a habitable Earth.
We don’t just have a duty to raise awareness of injustices around the world, with a view to ending them; our greater duty could be to learn from them, for the liberation of all of us.
Watch the full Myanmar Civil Disobedience Movement interviews playlist on Epic Tomorrows YouTube.