The recent successful coup d’état in Maynamar has thrown the entire country into a spiral of violence that will not likely end any time soon.
The coup d’état began on the morning of 1 February when democratically elected members of Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy, were deposed by the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s Armed Forces, which vested power in a stratocracy.
The successful coup provoked many citizens who took to the streets throughout the country to protest against the rule of the Tatmadaw and call for the release and reinstatement of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained elected officials.
The protestors were met with brute force from security forces. Recent footage of the intense clashes in Myanmar were shocking.
Protesters against Myanmar’s military coup keep returning to the streets in defiance of attempts by junta forces to stop them #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar video via Anadolu Agency pic.twitter.com/co4F4jGWZ8
— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) March 2, 2021
— Shafiur Rahman (@shafiur) March 1, 2021
— Shafiur Rahman (@shafiur) March 3, 2021
The Act of Myanmar Military Coup Violation and commit crime against huminity.
We, Myanmar civilian have been announced the terrorist the Myanmar Military and Police. #MyanmarTerroristMilitary pic.twitter.com/pRWkr7D0KX
— Thiri Kywe Kywe (@ThiriKyweKywe) March 3, 2021
Sources in Myanmar claims that the crackdown has claimed the lives of 59 people, so far. More than 1,700 others were allegedly detained by authorities.
The coup was condemned by the US and the European Union. Yet, the Tatmadaw is still standing by its decision to seize power, citing voter fraud in last November’s election, which was won by Suu Kyi’s party with a landslide, as the reason.
Coup leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has already pledged to hold new elections. Nevertheless, the chances of the crisis winding down soon remain slim.
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