Myanmar’s Commander-In-Chief Armed Forces Coup Takes Control of the Streets and Cuts Off The Internet

MYANMAR (February 14, 2021)—today United Nations Special Rapporteur Thom Andrews tweeted: “It’s as if the generals have declared war on the people of Myanmar (also known as Burma)— late night raids, mounting arrests; more rights stripped away; another Internet shutdown; military convoys entering communities”, tweeted Andrews.

“These are signs of desperation. Attention generals” You WILL be held accountable”, added Andrews in a tweet.

Civilians are forbidden to carry weapons–signaling a military is preparing a crackdown on opposition to the coup it carried out on 1 February. Unlike  Myanmar in 2014 when it was a good time to visit a nation which the world’s long-lasting military dictatorship in giving up power.  After decades in isolation, the country had  a new constitution, a new Parliament, and a National Human Rights Commission.

The country welcomed then former President Barack Obama’s  World Economic Forum.  In 2015, the people held a  National elections–as steps toward civilian governance (though a quarter of parliament seats will still be reserved for the military). Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Kyi had to form an alliance with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the powerful commander in chief of Burma’s armed forces, to work with her. The constitution of Burma, also known as Myanmar, is set up to perpetuate the power of the military. “She had no choice but to work with him.”  Hlaing remains the commander in chief of the armed forces who now has control of the people.

“Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has taken the reins of power in Myanmar after deposing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in the Southeast Asian country’s latest military coup,” reported by Nikkei Asia News.

“The senior general is not a listener — he talks and others listen,” Nicholas Coppel, Australia’s former ambassador to Myanmar, told Nikkei Asia. Coppel had a number of formal meetings with the senior general in the capital, Naypyitaw. “This big man management style is conducive to ignorance and arrogance,” he added, noting “the isolation that comes from being at the top.” In 2016, Min Aung Hlaing postponed his retirement by five years — a bad omen, it turned out.”

Source: APF/Jiji and Nikkei Asia contributed to the article.

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