Making History 2021-02-07



Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrested in a military coup; Protestors on the street demanding her release.


On Monday, February 1, 2021, Aung San Suu Kyi and democratically elected leaders were detained by Myanmar's military. Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with possessing illegally imported walkie-talkies.


Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy, and has just recently led her party to an 80% landslide victory in an election in November 2020. She is forbidden from becoming the president under Myanmar's constitution, but was widely seen as the country's de facto leader. The coup was staged as the new session of the parliament has been set to open.


Power has been handed over to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, and a year-long state of emergency has been declared. The opposition party claimed widespread voter fraud in the November election and demanded a rerun, but these claims have been rejected by the country's election commission. Instead, the military has stepped in, claiming that it wants to form a "true and disciplined democracy".


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Tens of thousands of people have been on the street protesting for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic leaders, despite the fact that the government has imposed an internet and news channel black-out.



Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive.


On February 2, 2021, Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, announced that he will be stepping down as of July 1. Bezos will be replaced by Andy Jassy, who is the current chief executive of Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Since 1994, when Bezos founded Amazon as an online book store, he has grown the company into perhaps one of the most powerful companies in the United States, if not in the world. Besides the online e-commerce business, Amazon has four other divisions: AWS, Alexa, Whole Foods Market and Amazon Prime. The success of Amazon has also made Jeff Bezos into one of the world's richest people.


Bezos claims that he will spend his time focusing on his other passions, such as the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, and The Washington Post.


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Haiti's President refused to step down.


On February 7, 2021, opposition parties in Haiti are demanding President Jovenel Moïse to step down, claiming that his term has ended. But Moïse has refuted the claims, saying that his term is only ending in 2022.


Prior to running for the Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK), a party founded by Haiti former president Michael Martelly, Jovenel Moïse was a businessman. In the 2015 presidential election, he received 33% of the votes, qualifying for a run-off. But an exit poll showed that he had in fact received only 6% of the vote, which led to widespread claims of electoral fraud and violent protests.


Protests delayed the run-off, and fresh election was only held in November 2016. With a turnout of 21%, Moïse earned 55.7% of the vote and was sworn in as president on February 7, 2017. Opposition party claims that the five-year presidential term, originally scheduled to start in February 2016, has ended in February 2021. Moïse refused to step down as he claims that he has only started in 2017, and would stay in power until February 7, 2022.


Amid all of these, gang problems are growing increasingly severe in Haiti, as a "kidnap-for-ransom epidemic" has swept across the country. Schools are shut to protect their students and teachers from kidnaps, and students are having to fundraise to collect ransoms to free classmates. Many Haitians suspect that the gangs are sponsored by Moïse.


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