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    Aung San Suu Kyi Thought is based on the ideals of Aung San Suu Kyi, the youngest daughter of Aung San, Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar, and Khin Kyi, and would live to become the figurehead of her country's pro-democracy movement against Tatmadaw, Myanmar's Military Junta which has ruled the country since the 1960s.

    History

    Aung San Suu Kyi lived and studied in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s where she met and married British historian Michael Aris in 1972, with whom she had two children.

    Coincidentally, when Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988, the long-time military leader of Burma and head of the ruling party, General Ne Win, stepped down after nearly 30 years of dictatorial military rule. Mass demonstrations for democracy followed that event on 8 August 1988, which were violently suppressed in what came to be known as the 8888 Uprising. The 8888 Uprising led to Aung San Suu Kyi's rise to prominence as she addressed half a million people at a mass rally in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda in the capital, calling for the transition to liberal democracy. However, in September 1988, a new military junta took power.

    Aung San Suu Kyi became the General Secretary of the National League of Democracy, NLD, which she had newly formed with the help of several retired and defected army officials. Unfortunately, in 1989, she was put under house arrest by the Tatmadaw. Former Prime Minister U Nu attempted initiated to form an interim government made up of opposition leaders, with the support of the Indian government under Rajiv Gandhi. However, Aung San Suu Kyi, rejected U Nu's plan as she resonated that change had to come within Burma by the Burmese people.

    In 1990, the military junta called a general election, in which the National League for Democracy (NLD) received 59% of the votes, guaranteeing NLD 80% of the parliament seats. However, the results were nullified as the military refused to hand over power to civilian rule, resulting in an international outcry and Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest at her home in Rangoon. During her time under house arrest she would achieve worldwide fame and admiration similar to other famous democracy activists such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Vaclav Havel and was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990, and the Nobel Peace Prize one year later.

    Her house arrest would last for nearly two decades and finally in 2010 with the help of the Obama Administration, she was released and planned to run for the presidency in Myanmar's 2015 elections. The NLD won the 2015 elections, however, as the 2008 Constitution states anyone married to a person who was not a citizen of Myanmar would be barred from running for the office of president, a new office was created for Aung San Suu Kyi, the "State Counsellor" to circumvent this inconvenience set up by the military. As State Counsellor of Myanmar would Aung San Suu Kyi would free and grant amnesty to many political prisoners that had been detained under the Tatmadaw regime.

    However, the Tatmadaw had not given up on power since the 2008 Consitution referendum, and maintained a high degree of influence over Burmese politics, thus preventing any true transition to liberal democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi was forced to concede to appease the Tatmadaw which made her time as State Counselor a disappointing one for international observers and many of her past supporters who had expected her to solve Myanmar's problems and internal conflicts. Freedom of the press didn't improve under her watch and Myanmar remained a dangerous place for journalists.

    Aung San Suu Kyi became notorious for her silence and lack of effort in stopping the persecution and genocide of Rohingya people in Myanmar, carried out by the Tatmadaw and Buddhist extremist monks.

    On 1 February 2021, Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested and deposed by the Myanmar military led by General Min Aung Hlaing, along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, after the Myanmar military declared the November 2020 general election results fraudulent.

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    • Tatmadawism - I hate you but I had to compensate with you.
    • Dengism - Good trade partner who refused to condemn the non-existent genocide on the Rohingya but why continue to support the Tatmadaw?
    • Anti-Authoritarianism - It’s complicated.

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