20 October, 2020

Myanmar Diary

Democracy tourism has come to Myanmar. Most Yangon hotels had signs offering a day trip to watch Suu Kyi vote

Myanmar Diary

Yangon Street Jam

Election night outside the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters in the heart of Yangon, the street was a sea of red (the NLD party colour). Every time a giant screen on the roof flashed a win for the NLD, a DJ would cue one of the party’s highly infectious anthems and the crowd would go wild. And yet it was a pure, almost gentle energy. Families, students, office workers waved Aung San Suu Kyi banners, cheered, danced and took time off to explain to the world press the current leads position. In the near distance, the beams from a searchlight lit up the outlines of the Shwedagon Pagoda. Could there be a better staging of that enchanted moment when democracy, however nascent, makes an arrival? Yes, this was a byelection to only 45 seats, less than 10 per cent of the national parliament. But it was a byelection necessitated by...



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