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Myanmar’s military takes control, politicians arrested

Caitlin Ashworth

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Myanmar’s military is taking control of the country and deposing the elected government after reportedly detaining de-facto leader and ‘State Counsellor’ Aung San Suu Kyi, along with other politicians early this morning.

The military-owned Myawaddy TV has announced a state of emergency had been declared for 1 year and power transferred to the Junta. A news presenter referred to a section in the military-drafted constitution that allows the military to take control during times of national emergency.

The coup comes after tensions rose between the civilian government and the military following a disputed election. The military said it was stepping in and handing power to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing because of “election fraud” and the failure to postpone the election due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy won last November’s election in a landslide. Aung San Suu Kyi is considered a hero of democracy in Myanmar. She spent years under house arrest, still struggling for democracy. Her efforts won her the Nobel Peace Prize.

Myanmar was ruled by the military for 5 decades until democratic reforms began in 2011. The coup came on the morning the new Parliament session was set to begin.

 

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6 Comments

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    Ynwaps

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    They realised the villagers are too uneducated so might as well have the military take over again.

    When the people deserve it, they’ll get their democracy. Otherwise with some US interference.

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    dispensed

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Another covid panic warrior victory!

    Covid panic has been great… for authoritarians the world over. Anyone promoting covid panic is a right-wing authoritarian at heart, though most of them probably don’t even realize it.

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    Farang in rage

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    no problem, she deserves it. for cheating whole world and Rohingya genocide. Throw her in a rat hole for 80 years.

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      Ynwaps

      Monday, February 1, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      The military is/was the one carrying out the Rohingya genocide. Backed by their false democracy, backed by social media and their stupid society believing the lies.

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    As sure as night follows day the bamboo curtain starts to descend again,

    Come you back,you Chinese soldier
    Come you back to Mandalay.

    See a lot of work has been done on the Burma road fairly recently also.

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    Political Observer

    Monday, February 1, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Democracy is losing ground everywhere. Sad.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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