Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country might head back to a military coup following the arrests of several democratic leaders. The country’s military took control after detaining key political leaders including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi early on Monday.
Myanmar’s military addressed the detention on Myawaddy TV, a military-owned television. The military says that the early morning raids on Monday were in response to the “election fraud,” committed by democratic parties.
“State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and some other senior figures are being detained in (the capital city of ) Naypyidaw,” said Myo Nyunt, the spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD). He added, “the military seems to take control of the capital now”.
The power is now in the hands of Min Aung Hlaing, the chief of the army.
Myanmar’s Military Takes Control.
A military spokesperson said that the army would not rule out a coup if the 2020 election and alleged claims of voter fraud was not investigated. Thus, the military has now detained several leaders including ministers of Kayah State, Shan State, and the NLD Ayeyarwady state spokesperson.
The NLD party won 83% of the vote in the November 2020 election. It was Myanmar’s second democratic ballot after the end of direct military rule a decade ago. However, Myanmar’s military declared a state of emergency while capturing all the main leaders.
But this isn’t the first time Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained by Myanmar’s military. Myanmar’s hero of democracy previously spent 15 years in house arrest while going against the country’s rule.
Communications interruption due to the state of emergency.
Along with the detention, the army in Myanmar has also disrupted the country’s communication. There is widespread internet and telecommunications interruption around the country. Due to which the citizens as well as the rest of the world is missing out on what’s actually going on in Myanmar.
Other countries have shown concerns following the news of Myanmar’s military taking over its democracy. This led to different leaders’ release statements requesting the immediate release of the country’s leaders.