Myanmar’s military arrested de-facto leader and other several prominent civilian leaders on Monday morning sparking fears of a military-takeover. A ‘state of emergency’ has been declared with the military-owned tv saying the takeover will be for one year.
Sources within Suu Kyi’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy, said that she was taken into custody early on Monday ahead of parliament’s official opening.
The military, which has its own political party, has contested the results of last year’s November 8 election result for weeks. The military say that the results of the election should be voided due to poll irregularities because of Covid-19. The National League for Democracy won the election in a landslide.
Coup fears were allayed this past weekend after the military walked back earlier statements that it could rip up the constitution.
The military, also known as the Tatmadaw, said in a statement that it would continue protect the 2008 constitution which guided the country from over four decades of military rule to civilian rule.
However, those statements seem to be nullified with Monday morning’s arrest. According to Thai Enquirer Correspondents in Yangon, the military have also taken over the national broadcaster MRTV TV Station as well as shut off phone data in the Yangon Region.
Among those confirmed to have been arrested by the military is prominent rights activist Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, NLD Central Executive Committee Member U Han Thar Myint, and several NLD MPs.
Unconfirmed reports say that the Tatmadaw have also taken over the Yangon City Hall and have placed troops at Yangon International Airport.
The National League for Democracy released a statement from its chief Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the Myanmar military’s move to seize power was unjustified and went against the constitution and will of voters.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar condemned the military coup ‘outrageous’, adding that ‘democracy has been overturned.’