Myanmar’s President Win Myint, State Counsellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other members of the National League for Democracy (NLD party) are still detained in a coup that began in February 1, 2021. This is Myanmar’s first coup since 1988.
မန္တလေးမြို့မှာ ပြုလုပ်တဲ့ စစ်အာဏာရှင်အလိုမရှိကြောင်းဆန္ဒပြပွဲမှာ ဌာနဆိုင်ရာ အဖွဲ့အစည်းပေါင်းစုံနဲ့အတူ မြန်မာ့ဆက်သွယ်ရေးဝန်ထမ်းတွေလည်း ပါ၀င်ဆန္ဒပြလာကြပါတယ်။ pic.twitter.com/7pYeRsEADE
— RFA Burmese (@RFABurmese) February 15, 2021
Thousands of people in Myanmar, including students and medical workers have been protesting against their civil society leaders’ detention by the Tatmadaw or military junta which also declared a one-year state of emergency.
— Keren Khin (@keren_khin) February 15, 2021
The doors just opened to a very different future. I have a sinking feeling that no one will really be able to control what comes next. And remember Myanmar’s a country awash in weapons, with deep divisions across ethnic & religious lines, where millions can barely feed themselves
— Thant Myint-U (@thantmyintu) February 1, 2021
The Burmese commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing now holds power over the state as reported on Myawaddy TV, Myanmar’s military-owned TV network. The country’s military leaders announced that the arrest of the government officials is a response to violations and fraud relating to last year’s general election.
During the early days of the military takeover, all of Myanmar’s telecommunication networks were disconnected reportedly due to a state-ordered information blackout.
Schools, businesses, information systems, and other transactions come to a standstill as the nation faces political turmoil.
About 50 Rakhine youth marched on through downtown Yangon just after noon. One 25-year-old participant said they weren’t a student union or youth group but just a collection of young Rakhine people in the city. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Read more: https://t.co/3I5sZ5Pxb4 pic.twitter.com/Y1Rtog31W8
— Frontier Myanmar (@FrontierMM) February 9, 2021
However, these limitations and the pandemic did not stop the Burmese civilians, especially their youths in Yangon and other parts of Myanmar from participating in movements to denounce the coup as there is definitely power in solidarity.
— Moe Thin Khant (@MoeThinKhant27) February 15, 2021
The media could still not reach the generals for comments.
The internet blackout is real. Neither my wifi nor my Myanmar sim card allow me to connect to the internet anymore. At least 2 journalists have been arrested so far tonight. Social media is very quiet now.
— Aye Min Thant (@the_ayeminthant) February 14, 2021
“The military council that took the power of the State has canceled the provisions of the Law Protecting the Privacy and Security of Citizens and supplemented new provisions that can harm the freedom and security of the people. Thus, its attempt is tantamount to committing a crime against humanity by openly restricting the human rights and the rights of the Myanmar citizens,” a statement from the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) via Myanmar’s Eleven Media Group
Myanmar community in Hong Kong statement denouncing Monday’s coup. pic.twitter.com/PcQbn607ER
— Timothy McLaughlin (@TMclaughlin3) February 9, 2021
This footage shows shooting at Electrical’s distribution area in Kachin State .Civilians fleeing for their lives .Journalists have been unlawfully taken. pic.twitter.com/Z7yWpiXFgp
— Katherine KT (@KatherineKT4) February 14, 2021
The citizens of Myanmar are calling for global support as they continue to demand their rights to freedom. It’s only a matter of time before the neighboring countries or the United Nations intervene.
Total 40 of High school students at ages of around 14,15,16 are arrested while they were peacefully boycotting the Dictatorship at the capatial, Naypyitaw on feb 15. How could they arrest minors and sent to the prison?#Feb15Coup#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/M12cgzX40y
— Lucas (@YeWinNa31139752) February 15, 2021