Myanmar's military detains Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic elected leaders
Myanmar’s military removed Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected as the leader of Myanmar after its elections. She was detained along with other elected officials very early in the morning. The military justified the coup by claiming widespread voter corruption occurred in the country's elections held in November.
The military also declared a one-year state of condemnation in the region. The coup has drawn global criticism, with the United Nations describing it as a serious blow to the country's democratic progress.
Internet connection in Myanmar was shut down by the military
Aung San Suu Kyi and other prominent members of the national league of democracy (NLD) were imprisoned in unexpected morning raids. The raids occurred hours before parliament was scheduled to hold for the first time since the NLD’s landslide election win.
“Phone and internet connections in the capital, Naypyidaw, and the main commercial center Yangon were disconnected and state television went off the air”, he said.
The military via its TV station read an announcement that announced the military would take control of Myammar for one year. The military added that the state of emergency was necessary, as the government failed to act on its fraud claims.
The NLD won more than 80 percent of the vote. The army military chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, promised to ensure that the ruling system in the country will be genuine and balanced.
Response from the international community
The UN denounced the coup and called for the release of detainees and restoration of democracy. The same opinion was shared by Australia, Britain, the European Union, India, Japan, and the United States.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Myanmar's military must immediately overturn its actions.
China called on the respectful parties to honor the constitution and uphold stability. Its statement notably failed to condemn the events of the military in the country.
Bangladesh, which is sheltering more than one million process refugees that fled the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, called for a truce. Bangladesh added that it expected the country to begin the process of returning the refugees to their homes.