Burmese residents in the town of Kawthoung in the south of the country continued with their lives today (Feb 3) following the military coup.
Footage shows locals walking through the streets and visiting market stalls – while political chaos unfolded around 500 miles north in the capital Yangon.
The scene came after Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians were detained by the army in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday morning (Feb 1).
Unrest has grown in Myanmar, also known as Burma, following disputed elections last November. The Union Election Commission (UEC) is accused of undermining the election and opponents claim there was widespread fraud.
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 in a move branded a military coup and slammed by leaders across the world.
The military said in a statement that ‘all authority has been given to the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared’. 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.