Myanmar coup: Military seizes control, leaders detained


The junta chief of Myanmar, Min Aung Hlaing, insisted that the military rule will be different this time, in a television appearance on February 8. He justified the coup citing voter fraud in 2020 elections.

Protests are still raging across the country, defying junta’s warnings; internet was reported to have been cut off by the military generals.

According to reports, Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor, was charged with “breaching import and export laws, and possession of unlawful communication devices” and has been remanded under police custody until February 15.

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Myanmar’s military has taken control of the country and arrested ruling party leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1. 

Less than a decade after transitioning into a democracy, the coup led by General Min Aung Hlaing has imposed a state of emergency for one year and brought back fears of an oppressive military regime in the Southeast Asian country.

The military has replaced ministers from Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which won the majority against the military-backed opposition party in November 2020. 

Alleging election fraud, the military has announced that there will be a re-election at the end of the emergency period.

According to reports, internet connectivity was disrupted and journalists faced violence while reporting on the coup. 

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