The protests this week have brought out a huge cross section of the population, including medical personnel, lawyers and Buddhist monks. The Associated Press reports that civil servants in many areas have been risking their jobs to demonstrate for democracy. In a dramatic video shot Wednesday in a small village, 42 police officers declared their allegiance to the ousted elected government and resisted the entreaties of a senior officer to return to duty. Local residents flocked to their side to ward off any effort to arrest them.
That is the mind-set that will save Myanmar. Although Aung San Suu Kyi’s reputation was tarnished by her support for the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, her generation of democrats are the best hope for the country. They will be tested, hunted and persecuted — as Aung San Suu Kyi is now, once again, under arrest — but they have been tested before. The military coup is illegitimate. Myanmar has experienced decades of such misrule by men in epaulets. No wonder people do not wish to tolerate it for another day.