In a matter of hours on Monday morning, Myanmar’s short-lived experiment in consultant authorities got here to an unceremonious finish when the army rounded up the nation’s civilian management and successfully declared a coup d’état.
With tanks and helicopters, troopers and law enforcement officials, the army seized management of the levers of state — canceling a deliberate session of Parliament, slicing off web and phone networks, and taking management of each the airports and the airwaves.
After a decade of parliamentary elections, democratic reforms and energy sharing with a pro-democracy opposition, the army is as soon as once more in full cost. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the chief of the civilian authorities, is as soon as once more below home arrest. And the destiny of 54 million residents is as soon as once more unknown.
A army helicopter flew above Naypyidaw, the capital, on Monday, as Myanmar Radio and Tv rebroadcast information of the coup first introduced by the military-owned Myawaddy TV station.
A soldier patrolled a guesthouse the place members of Parliament had beforehand stayed when visiting the capital. Parliament was scheduled this week to carry its first session for the reason that nation’s Nov. eight elections, however the army sought to cancel the vote, claiming fraud.
Troopers on the streets of Naypyidaw. The capital was moved there from Yangon, previously Rangoon, in 2005.
A whole lot of law enforcement officials have been deployed on the streets of Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis and its business capital. The authorities additionally suspended worldwide flights to and from the town’s airport.
The inventory market and business banks have been closed, and lengthy traces have been seen at A.T.M.s, like this one in Yangon.
Protests towards the Burmese army erupted around the globe, together with one in Tokyo the place demonstrators positioned tape over the face of Myanmar’s army chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
One other protest occurred outdoors the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok. The town is house to many refugees from Myanmar.
Some demonstrators, together with nationalist Buddhist monks, celebrated the coup in Yangon.
The Sule Pagoda in Yangon on Monday. The stupa has been the location of a number of pro-democracy protests.