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Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: January 31, 2021 09:08PM
Attention Trumpers!


nothing to see here- mainly a group of patriots objecting to a rigged election.

Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
By Reuters Staff [www.reuters.com]

(Reuters) -Myanmar’s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids.

The army said it had carried out the detentions in response to “election fraud”, handing power to military chief Min Aung Hlaing and imposing a state of emergency for one year, according to a statement on a military-owned television station. A military spokesman did not answer phone calls seeking further comment.

Phone lines to the capital Naypyitaw and the main commercial centre of Yangon were not reachable, and state TV went off air hours before parliament had been due to sit for the first time since the NLD’s landslide election win in November, viewed as a referendum on Suu Kyi’s fledgling democratic government.

Soldiers took up positions at city hall in Yangon and mobile internet data and phone services in the NLD stronghold were disrupted, residents said. Internet connectivity also had fallen dramatically, monitoring service NetBlocks said.

Suu Kyi, Myanmar President Win Myint and other NLD leaders had been “taken” in the early hours of the morning, NLD spokesman Myo Nyunt told Reuters by phone.

“I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” he said, adding that he expected to be arrested himself. Reuters was subsequently unable to contact him.

The detentions came after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the military that stirred fears of a coup in the aftermath of the election.
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: steve...
Date: January 31, 2021 10:50PM
Add coup leader Min Aung Hlaing to Der Trumpenfuhrer's friends list.




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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 01, 2021 03:25AM
In area news:

Record 43-year sentence for insulting Thai monarchy

[www.cnn.com]

A 43-year prison sentence given to a woman by a Thai court for insulting the monarchy could be seen as a "warning shot" to protesters demanding reform in the kingdom, according to analysts.

The sentence passed Tuesday is believed to be the toughest ever imposed under the country's lese majeste laws and comes after months of youth-led protests last year openly calling for reform of Thailand's powerful monarchy and greater democratic freedoms. The verdict is likely to send a chill through the movement, which has seen dozens of its protest leaders and activists charged with the same crime.

Thailand has some of the world's strictest laws against defaming or criticizing the king, queen, heir-apparent or regent. The laws, which are known as lese majeste, can result in a 15-year prison sentence for each violation.

Anchan Preelert, 65, pleaded guilty to sharing audio clips on YouTube and Facebook between 2014 and 2015 that were deemed critical of the kingdom's royal family, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. She was convicted of 29 counts, with three years for each.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: February 01, 2021 08:55AM
Very concerning
Look forward to Biden team's response.
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: bfd
Date: February 01, 2021 01:55PM
Now stop that, you bad boys! We aren't going to put up with any of the forceful removal of democratic rule!

Unless, of course, it happens somewhere else. Then we'll look the other way…
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: February 01, 2021 02:10PM
Military denies coup threat
Myanmar’s military denied Saturday that controversial statements by its chief were meant as a threat to stage a coup, saying the media had misinterpreted his words.”


RollingEyesSmiley5
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: bfd
Date: February 01, 2021 02:17PM
Obviously, the chief was just joking
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: Janit
Date: February 01, 2021 04:44PM
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DeusxMac
Military denies coup threat
Myanmar’s military denied Saturday that controversial statements by its chief were meant as a threat to stage a coup, saying the media had misinterpreted his words.”


RollingEyesSmiley5

But it's NOT a coup, it's a defense of democracy!

RollingEyesSmiley5
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Re: Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Posted by: btfc
Date: February 02, 2021 12:18PM
MMGA!


(Make Myanmar Great Again)
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