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What is Happening in Myanmar

By: Eris Lowdermilk

The country Myanmar, previously known as Burma, was seized by their military. The country is Northwest of India and bordered by Bangladesh.

The military recently seized power by detaining Aung San Suu Kyi, their state counselor, as well as other democratic leaders. At the moment, troops are present in the streets, and the country has declared a one-year state of emergency. There is also a curfew.

So far, the UN, UK, and Biden have denounced the coup. The cause of this reaction was the recent election where Ms Suu Kyi's party won, which the coup believes to be defined as fraudulence. The coup is backed by the military.

Military rule was also present in 2011 until Aung San Suu Kyi incorporated democracy. The coup took place on Monday morning, where leaders were detained. The location of where they’re being detained has not yet been determined.

The coup was caused by tensions between the military and the government. This is Myanmar’s first coup incident since 1962.

(2020, February 1). Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control. BBC.

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