The Myanmar military attempted a coup d’etat on February 1, 2021 and has since
taken control of the Myanmar government institutions. Since then, a nationwide
civil disobedience movement (CDM) has been formed, with participants opposing
the coup and calling for economic pressure to be placed on the military. The
movement adopts a “no recognition, no participation” stance that is intended to
deprive the military regime of legitimacy and recognition. The movement aims to
stage widespread strikes and cut off the military’s sources of funding in order to
exert economic pressure on the coup leaders until they step down. The success of
the CDM is likely to be the pivotal factor in whether the military is able to cement
its hold on power. Elected lawmakers have also formed the Committee Representing
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) and declared a National Unity Government
(NUG) that is co-operating with Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs).


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