You might have missed it with all the stuff going on with Marilyn Manson this week, but there was a coup over in Myanmar at the weekend after the military decided to round up all the politicians and place them in prison, including the President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The military claimed that it was in response to a rigged election, but an independent body has found that there was no evidence of fraud and that the NDL won the contest fairly with 396 out of the 476 parliamentary seats. As such, the coup is being treated as an attack on democracy and there are serious worries about the status of many politicians as they haven’t been seen since they were rounded up.
Anyway, you might have missed that because it’s in Myanmar and there’s a lot going on and in fairness even some residents of their own country didn’t realise it was happening, as you can see in the video below. Khing Hnin Wai is a PE teacher who has been filming a daily workout routine in downtown Yangon and didn’t realise that the coup was going on in the background of her video the other day, with several military vehicles racing up to President Win Myint’s palace to capture the politicians:
Vibe check: A woman doing a live aerobics class in #Myanmar this morning, apparently unaware of the ongoing coup. Military vehicles arrive behind her to seize the parliament building. pic.twitter.com/eZX2w2A4AE
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) February 1, 2021
There isn’t really anything funny about a military coup and the undermining of democracy, but you really can’t help but laugh at a video like that can you? How could she not have realised what was going on? Were the tanks not making an absolute racket?
Anyway, we should probably be thankful for the video because it’s made everyone worldwide a lot more aware of the situation in Myanmar and caused people to call on their own governments to intervene. Joe Biden and the UN General Assembly have already called for all politicians to be released, but it remains to be seen if this will be enough to overturn the coup.
For more of the same, check out this photo set of a bunch of Burmese punks. Wonder what they’re doing during the coup?