World reacts to army coup in Myanmar

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US threatens motion over Myanmar coup as Australia requires launch of detained leaders, together with Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar’s army detained the nation’s de facto chief Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and different senior figures from the governing social gathering on Monday, seizing energy in a coup lower than 10 years after it handed over energy to a civilian authorities.

The army stated it carried out the detentions in response to fraud in final November’s basic election, which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) gained by a landslide.

A press release on military-owned tv stated Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was now in charge of the nation and {that a} state of emergency had been imposed for one yr.

“With the situation we see happening now, we have to assume that the military is staging a coup,” Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for the NLD, instructed the AFP information company on Monday.

Here is how governments, human rights teams and others are reacting.

Myanmar

Thant Myint-U, a Myanmar historian and creator, stated the “doors just opened to a very different future”.

“I have a sinking feeling that noone will really be able to control what comes next,” he stated in a tweet. “And remember Myanmar’s a country awash in weapons, with deep divisions across ethnic and religious lines, where millions can barely feed themselves.”

Australia

Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne expressed deep concern “at reports the Myanmar military is once again seeking to seize control of Myanmar and has detained State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint”.

“We call on the military to respect the rule of law, to resolve disputes through lawful mechanisms and to release immediately all civilian leaders and others who have been detained unlawfully.”

Australia helps the peaceable reconvening of the National Assembly, in keeping with the outcomes of the November 2020 basic election, she added.

United States

A spokeswoman for United States President Joe Biden stated Washington was “alarmed” by reviews of the Myanmar army’s “steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition” in addition to the arrest of Suu Kyi and different civilian leaders.

“The United States opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition, and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed. We are monitoring the situation closely and stand with the people of Burma, who have already endured so much in their quest for democracy and peace,” Jen Psaki stated in a press release.

Human Rights Watch

John Sifton, an advocacy director for Asia at Human Rights Watch, referred to as on the US, European Union and different international locations to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar’s army management.

“The military junta that ruled Myanmar for decades never really stepped away from power in the first place,” Sifton stated in a tweet. “They by no means actually submitted to civilian authority within the first place, so right this moment’s occasions in some sense are merely revealing a political actuality that already existed.

“The US 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.”

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