Method #124: Boycott of Elections
In 2010, almost 50 years after the coup that brought it to power, the military junta in Burma announced “democratic” elections. These came with more than several strings attached, however. In order to participate, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party would, in effect, have to renounce her as their leader (as a convicted criminal, she would be barred from participating) and deny their 1990 electoral victory. In the end, her movement decided to boycott elections, essentially dissolving itself as a political party, rather than participate in a rigged political process.