Troops are once again patrolling the streets in Myanmar’s major cities.
The military takeover follows weeks of tension between the armed forces and the government after the country’s parliamentary elections. The ruling National League for Democracy appeared to have won by a landslide, defeating the army-backed opposition.
But military leaders cried foul, claiming election fraud.
CGTN’s Dusita Saokaew has more from neighboring Thailand.
Joining the discussion:
- Qinduo Xu is the host of CGTN’s “Dialogue Weekend” and a senior fellow with the Pangoal Institution
- Sourabh Gupta is a senior Asia-Pacific specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies
- Wakar Uddin is the director general of the Arakan Rohingya Union
- Than Lwin Htun heads Voice of America’s Burmese Service
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's civilian government, urges people to oppose military takeover of the country.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 1, 2021
Myanmar military imposes year-long state of emergency https://t.co/d10iaobXoh
— ST Foreign Desk (@STForeignDesk) February 1, 2021
Already last week, the international community was alarmed by signs of the impending coup. The Burmese military issued a self-righteous rebuttal reprimanding the foreign diplomats—but the diplomats’ fears turned out to be justified, Salil Tripathi writes.https://t.co/0zcbPBgvhL
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) February 1, 2021
President Biden threatens to review sanctions on Myanmar after the military seized power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi https://t.co/dloDUsg69Y
— CNN (@CNN) February 1, 2021