As democracies such as Myanmar, India and the U.S. backslide, repression transcends borders

February 4, 2021 ☼ trumpdomestic-terrorismdemocracyelectionsjan6

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Democracies can further repression, too. For four years, Trump’s flouting of norms within the United States, with his cries of “fake news” and persistent spread of misinformation, were echoed worldwide. “The war on truth in India is very much like the war on truth in the United States,” Vidya Krishnan, a journalist with the pioneering Indian magazine the Caravan, observed this week.

The storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 left foreign pro-democracy groups that had allied with the United States disillusioned and defeated. “Our main ally in the fight for democracy has tumbled,” Venezuelan activist Jorge Barragán told The Post at the time. “What does that mean for us?

New U.S. leadership is not likely to answer that question on its own. When the Myanmar military announced a state of emergency and arrested Suu Kyi and her allies this week, it justified the moves by making unfounded claims of electoral fraud. To many observers, those accusations sounded familiar. “The Myanmar military has done what Trump tried to do,” Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch tweeted Monday.

Ultra-nationalist propaganda is going to destroy the democracies they contend that they protect.