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Myanmar's business community must speak out

Organizations need to take a strong stand against intimidation and violence

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Protesters hold banners during a protest against coup in Yangon on Feb. 16: one voice has been largely absent.   © Getty Images

Jared Bissinger is a development economist and consultant who has focused on private sector development in Myanmar for the past decade.

Amid escalating intimidation and violence, Myanmar's people have continued to challenge the Feb. 1 military-led coup through protests and civil disobedience. Civil society, ethnic organizations, trade unions and many other groups are supporting the country's people as they protest, as are governments around the world. Yet, one voice has been largely absent through this crisis: the voice of Myanmar's business community.

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