Aerobics instructor teaches class as Myanmar coup 'unfolds behind her'

Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2021

Suu Kyi has become a controversial figure of late.

Today was supposed to be the first day of a new parliamentary session in Myanmar. But the move was widely condemned overseas.

The Myanmar military's seizure of power and overthrow of the country's fragile quasi-democracy should be met with a swift, definitive and coordinated response from the US and its allies. Kye said accurate information coming out of the country is going to become more hard to find.

"Sanctions are but one of the tools available to the global community", Andrew Heyn, a former British ambassador to Myanmar, told Bloomberg Television.

President Joe Biden said the US could reinstate sanctions on Myanmar if the military doesn't "immediately relinquish the power they have seized" and release activists and officials.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday but took no action.

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign relations committee, Robert Menendez, earlier said the United States and other countries "should impose strict economic sanctions, as well as other measures" against Myanmar's army and the military leadership if they did not free the elected leaders and remove themselves from government.

SULLIVAN: One she says that will not turn out well for the people of Myanmar.

The military took full control of the country on Monday, detaining Suu Kyi, and declaring the November general election as void.

"We encourage the pursuance of dialogue, reconciliation and the return to normalcy in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar", it stated.

By Tuesday morning, phone and internet connections were restored but usually bustling market places were quiet and the airport in the commercial hub of Yangon was closed. People were removing the once ubiquitous red flags of Suu Kyi's party from their homes and businesses.

The election underscored the public's antipathy toward the military, which wants to protect its permanent involvement in politics.

Aung San Suu Kyi served for 10 years as a democratic fig leaf to cover the cruel and despotic military rulers of Myanmar (also known as Burma). Those protests in Indonesia targeted government reforms which critics said would harm workers and the environment. "But we have to practice some form of civil disobedience". Dozens of other activists are also believed to have been arrested.

History has, unfortunately, repeated itself in Myanmar.

Htoo said, like Kyi, he'd spent his life since the age of 16 fighting for freedom in that country, but could only watch over social media as the situation turned for the worse this week.

Boris Johnson has condemned the coup in Myanmar, where armed forces have seized power and detained the country's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It is worth noting that the same charter bars Ms Suu Kyi from becoming president, despite her poll successes in 2015. The Parliament was expected to approve the election results and install the next government. Disappointment with Suu Kyi, the former opposition leader, has run high, especially over her resistance to reining in repression of Rohingya Muslims in the country's west.