Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar — As Monday continues to get underway the rest of the world is finding out that military-clad men have seized control of Myanmar (also known as Burma) in an extraordinary coup. A coup powered by claims of supposed election fraud that don’t appear to be backed up by any tangible evidence against the ruling party also known as the NLD (National League for Democracy.)
In the early morning hours of Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi and other top leaders were detained in military led raids on their homes and official residences as the military sought to overthrow the government.
The military maintains that Suu Kyi and her NLD party somehow committed election fraud by counting votes from “voters that simply did not exist.” Several reports point out that the military has refused all efforts for such to be proved with corroborated evidence.
Telecommunication services are currently disrupted
According to additional reports in the area, the Burmese military has reportedly disrupted all communication services in the country. It is unclear how many are disrupted but banks are beginning to close; T.V stations are down, and there are widespread reports of internet connectivity issues.
The White House in the United States has since released a statement on the overthrowing of the Burmese government and its de-facto leader.
The United States is alarmed by reports that the Burmese military has taken steps to undermine the country’s democratic transition, including the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials in Burma. President Biden has been briefed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. We continue to affirm our strong support for Burma’s democratic institutions and, in coordination with our regional partners, urge the military and all other parties to adhere to democratic norms and the rule of law, and to release those detained today. 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.