Myanmar may again choose Aung San Suu Kyi, but minorities are increasingly marginalized

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Most other ethnic minorities have also long given up the illusion that Aung San Suu Kyi is going to – or even wants to – protect them from attacks by Myanmar’s infamous army. If they were still enthusiastic there in 2015, the minorities who are still allowed to vote this time will probably be more likely to opt for their ethnic parties.

Following the expulsion of 800,000 Rohingya to neighboring Bangladesh, the army is now also carrying out attacks against the Buddhist residents of Rakhine, who are retaliating through the Arakan Army. In other border areas, the army fights against guerilla groups including Chin and Kachin. That also has not changed under Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi and the military may face each other in the battle for power, but not when it comes to the dominance of the Bamar in Myanmar. The army was founded in the 1940s by … Aung San, the father of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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