This is not a peasant uprising like those Asia saw in the mid-20th century. The movement in the countryside erupted in response to the massacre of the factory proletariat, most of whom are women from villages, who stood at the head of the early protests. The movement is organized around a general strike, with an expectation that the post-coup government will outlaw counterrevolutionary capitalists and immediately reinstate workers in their posts, compensate those who sacrificed for the revolution, and develop the impoverished areas at the center of the uprising where villages are now being burned down daily.
The last wave of global capitalist development occurred on the backs of the dispossessed peasantry all over the world, above all through the super-exploitation of rural migrant workers in China. Now we see the revolutionary implications of the world that has created. Through the global economy, the oppressive reach of the modern state, and above all internet and social media, the rural poor and other previously marginalized populations have been drawn into the ranks of the proletariat–culturally, politically, and in their capacity for self-organization. This is what the Tatmadaw wasn’t counting on, and why it has thus far and will continue to fail to crush the revolution.