The Day of the Coup

NAY PYI DAW – Early in the morning, soldiers from the Tatmadaw – the Burmese army – arrested State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint in their official residences in the capital. Other senior members and local politicians associated with the National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained in unknown locations. Myanmar’s new parliament was set to meet for its first session, two months after the ruling party had won the November 2020 elections in a landslide.

All Internet connections and telecommunications were cut nationwide and at 8 am, an army spokesman announced on MWD, a military-owned TV station, that the nation’s most powerful institution was taking control of the country under the pretext of having to investigate alleged electoral fraud.

This is how the most recent military coup by the junta led by general Min Aung Hlaing took place in Myanmar.