It has been 27 years since Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others founded a political party with the aim of democratizing Myanmar through non-violence. Since the coup d'état two years ago, as military repression has made nonviolent resistance difficult, party members have sought a path to democracy by engaging in armed struggle and focusing on activities abroad.
Myanmar's NLD = National League for Democracy was formed on September 1988, 9 by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others, and has been the driving force behind democratization in Myanmar with its nonviolent movement.
However, since the coup two years ago, the military has continued to crack down, and so far 27,2 party members have been detained, 1235 of whom died during interrogation, and in July last year, a former lawmaker who was close to Suu Kyi was executed.
Under these circumstances, some party members have abandoned non-violence and taken up arms.
A former local councillor of the NLD, he became a leader in the armed forces of pro-democracy forces in northwestern Myanmar.
The man told NHK, "The peaceful demonstration did not improve the situation, but instead many lives were lost, and we did not choose the path of armed resistance, but the military forced us to take up arms," stressing that it was an unavoidable choice.
On the other hand, a woman who was a former member of the Myanmar Parliament fled the country after the coup d'état fearing for her life, and now continues to appeal for support for the pro-democracy movement based in the United States and other countries.
While expressing her understanding of the activities of pro-democracy armed groups, the woman said, "If the military relies only on weapons, there will be no peace in this country. As a member of the parliament elected by the people, I must fulfill my responsibilities," he said, expressing his determination to continue the nonviolent resistance movement.
With the military's crackdown showing no signs of abating, with 26,7 civilians killed as of March 22, according to local human rights groups, NLD members are seeking their own way to democracy.
History of Myanmar NLD
Myanmar's NLD = National League for Democracy is a political party founded by Aung San Suu Kyi and others on September 1988, 9, amid growing calls for democratization under the military government.
Two years later, Suu Kyi won the election with overwhelming support from the people, but the military, which did not recognize the results, staged a coup d'état and Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest.
Following the transition to civilian rule, NLD members were elected in the 27 elections, and in 2, a government led by Suu Kyi as State Counsellor was inaugurated.
However, the military refused to recognize the results of the 2012 elections, which the NLD won by a landslide, and in February staged another coup d'état and detained Suu Kyi.
In March, the military-controlled Election Commission revoked the NLD's registration as a political party and outlawed its activities.
Party leader Suu Kyi is being held in a prison in the capital, Naypyidaw, and no political statements have been made since the coup.
According to the people involved, this summer, he became ill due to the small room where he was imprisoned and the air flow was poor, and he developed symptoms of dizziness and vomiting, so he is 2016 years old and is worried about his physical condition.