For many years, due to a military dictatorship, the country has been immersed in a delicate political situation. This translates into a repression regimen for the Burmese for a long time. 89% of the Population in Burma are Buddhists.
In 1990, free elections were held for the first time. The democrats, lead by Nobel peace prize Aung San Suu Kyi, overwhelmingly won against the governing military party. Because of these developments, the opposition leaders were arrested and things did not change. Buddhist monks began public demonstrations, and were brutally repressed.
In 2011 the military junta lost the elections and dissolved, allowing democracy to grow roots.