Footage shows pro-military supporters marching in Yangon, Myanmar, on January 26 afternoon shortly before leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained and the army took power.
The supporters gathered close to the Yangon City Hall in the city where they marched and chanted, saying they did not accept the result of the election.
Thirty people were arrested following the protest. However, unrest continued amid anger over the country’s disputed elections last November. The Union Election Commission (UEC) is accused of undermining the election.
Following the protests, which have gathered pace since the elections, Myanmar’s military later took control of the country and detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians in the early hours of Monday morning (Feb 1). They also disconnected phone and Internet services.
Reacting to events, The White House said it was ‘alarmed’ by the developments in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma. Spokesman Jen Psaki said: ‘We continue to affirm our strong support for Burma’s democratic institutions.’ America called for Aung San Suu Kyi to be released and threatened to ‘take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed’.
Burma was governed by Britain from 1824 to 1948, during which time it became the second-wealthiest country in Southeast Asia but following independence was ruled by the military until 2011 when democratic reforms began.