A military coup took place in Myanmar on early Monday, February 1. The troops arrested President U Wyn Myint, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and other top-rank statesmen. Press secretary of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), Dr. Myo Nyunt said it in a commentary for Xinhua. The official added that he himself would be detained soon, either.
As the arrests were conducted, the military TV of Myanmar announced the state of emergency in this country, which is supposed to last one year. The MRTV, the state-run television, and radio ceased to work. Telecommunications in the capital and some other regions are down.
According to Reuters, the said events occurred several days after the escalation of tensions between the civilian government and the military. The latter claim that the general election in 2020 was rigged.
The latest general election in Myanmar took place in November 2020. The ruling NLD seized the majority of seats on both chambers of the Parliament, which allowed them to shape the government. Other parties and the military claimed that the election was unfair. The army representatives promised to "take action." Rumors about a possible military coup spread across the society.