Myanmar’s navy has seized energy and declared a state of emergency for one 12 months following days of escalating pressure over the results of November’s parliamentary elections.
Aung San Suu Ky, the nation’s de facto chief, President Win Myint and different senior members of the National League for Democracy get together had been detained within the capital, Naypyidaw, on Monday.
A video broadcast on military-owned tv mentioned energy was handed to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, citing “huge irregularities” in November’s vote.
The energy seize got here as parliament – through which the navy is given 25 p.c of the seats – was set to open in Myanmar, also referred to as Burma.
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EU Council head Michel condemns navy’s seizure of energy
European Council President Charles Michel condemned the navy’s seizure of energy in Myanmar and demanded that it launch of all these it had detained in raids throughout the nation.
“The outcome of the elections has to be respected and democratic process needs to be restored,” Michel, who heads the physique that represents the EU’s 27 nationwide leaders, wrote on his Twitter account.
I strongly condemn the coup in #Myanmar and name on the navy to launch all who’ve been unlawfully detained in raids throughout the nation.
The consequence of the elections must be revered and democratic course of must be restored.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) February 1, 2021
Human rights group requires sanctions
Human Rights Watch’s Asia Advocacy Director, John Sifton urged the US and different nations to ship a robust message to the navy by imposing direct sanctions.
“The military junta that ruled Myanmar for decades never really stepped away from power in the first place … They never really submitted to civilian authority in the first place, so today’s events in some sense are merely revealing a political reality that already existed,” Sifton mentioned on Twitter.
“The U.S. and other countries with sanctions regime should send a strong message today, by immediately revoking sanctions relaxations and imposing strict and directed economic sanctions on the military leadership and its enormous economic conglomerates; and pressing other key counties — including South Korea and Japan — to force businesses to divest. The Burmese junta doesn’t want to go back to being China’s vassal,” he added in one other tweet.
“It seems to be a navy coup — however from one other perspective, the navy junta that dominated Myanmar for many years by no means actually stepped away from energy within the first place.
— John Sifton (@johnsifton) February 1, 2021
Rohingya condemns try to ‘kill democracy”
The Rohingya group condemned the navy energy seize, in line with its chief Dil Mohammed.
“We Rohingya community strongly condemn this heinous attempt to kill democracy,” Dil Mohammed informed Reuters information company by cellphone.
“We urge the global community to come forward and restore democracy at any cost.”
US involved about Myanmar developments
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expressing alarm about Myanmar’s navy detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and different civilian leaders.
“We call on Burmese military leaders to release all government officials and civil society leaders and respect the will of the people of Burma as expressed in democratic elections on November 8,” Blinken mentioned in a press release from Washington, DC.
“The United States stands with the people of Burma in their aspirations for democracy, freedom, peace, and development. The military must reverse these actions immediately.”
UN chief condemns navy take of energy
United Nations’ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the detention of the nation’s civilian leaders because the navy introduced it was taking management of the nation for one 12 months.
He expressed “grave concern” in regards to the declaration that each one legislative, government and judicial powers have been transferred to the navy. “These developments represent a serious blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar,” mentioned a press release from the UN chief’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.
Guterres mentioned the elections final November supplied a robust mandate for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to control. The announcement that the navy was taking management got here on the primary day Myanmar’s Parliament was to convene following the November elections.
The navy has argued the vote was tainted by fraud, however the elections fee final week rejected these claims as missing proof.
Malaysia requires peaceable decision
Malaysia known as on all events to resolve any electoral disputes peacefully.
“Malaysia supports the continuation of discussion among Myanmar’s leaders to avoid adverse consequences to the people and state of Myanmar, especially in the current, difficult COVID-19 pandemic situation,” its overseas ministry mentioned in a press release.
Suu Kyi’s get together urges Myanmar’s individuals to oppose ‘coup’
The National League for Democracy (NLD) launched a press release from its chief Suu Kyi, saying the navy’s actions had been unjustified and went in opposition to the structure and can of voters.
A verified Facebook web page for Suu Kyi’s get together revealed feedback it mentioned had been written in anticipation of a coup, and which quoted her as saying individuals ought to protest in opposition to the navy takeover.
“The actions of the military are actions to put the country back under a dictatorship,” it mentioned. “I urge people not to accept this, to respond and wholeheartedly to protest against the coup by the military.”