Myanmar residents clapped, beat pots and pans and honked their car horns today (Feb 4) in protest at the military coup.
Footage from downtown Yangon shows angry locals venting their frustration at the army generals who toppled leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday (Feb 1).
They are calling for the civilian government to be reinstated, following the moves by the military to dissolve parliamet.
Doctors and nurses working at hospitals across the country have also joined protests to show they stand united with the civilian government. They are demanding the military to reverse their action and Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party is reinstated.
Protests started after Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians were detained by the army in Yangon in the early hours of 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 to seize power. 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.