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Burma’s Communists say military coup a symptom of Myanmar’s crony capitalism

People's World, Myanmar, 26 April 2021 - The military coup in Myanmar on Feb. 1 this year is a product of the country’s long-running social and economic crisis, according to the Communist Party of Burma (the party prefers to refer to its country as Burma, as some other opposition forces also do, rather than the military-chosen name Myanmar.)

The Communist Party of Burma (CPB) was founded in August 1939 by a group of revolutionaries in a British-ruled colony. The founders included national hero Aung San, father of recently deposed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

The party survived decades of illegality, including prolonged periods of armed struggle against foreign occupiers and a succession of repressive domestic military regimes. It suffered a major crisis in the late 1980s with the loss of its remaining base areas in the frontier regions of Burma. Members were then scattered and had to rebuild their underground structures within the country and exiled communities.

Highlighting the current crisis, a CPB spokesman says: “People from all walks of life are struggling with exemplary courage against the cowardly military oppressors that are waging ruthless war against unarmed civilians. Our party has been resorting to every available means to support our courageous people.”

Today’s military regime has its roots in the coming to power of the Burmese Socialist Programme Party (BSPP), sometimes known as the Burmese Way to Socialism Party, in 1962. The CPB believes that the BSPP squandered the possibilities of advancing national development, industrialization, as well as popular well-being and—far from taking a socialist path—held the country back with its system of crony capitalism.

“Burma’s development in society and economy has made very little progress since Bo Ne Win and the BSPP coup in 1962. One can easily witness the decline in quantity and quality in every field, including education, health, social welfare, and many other aspects.



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