Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s civilian government, has been taken into custody in a raid early on Monday morning. Other members of the ruling National League for Democracy have also been detained, according to local reports. A spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD),
The moves follow a flare-up of tension between the country’s powerful army and the nominally in-charge civilian rulers. The developments may be the first stages of a military coup. A spokeswoman for the NLD said, “We have heard that the president (Win Myint) and state counselor (Suu Kyi) have been detained in the (capital) Naypyidaw … and were taken to the armed forces. “As far as the current situation is concerned, I have to think that the armed forces have caused a coup d’etat,” he continued.
According to the BBC, there are soldiers on the streets of Myanmar’s capital city, Naypyitaw, and the main city, Yangon. Reuters also reported, citing witnesses, that military officers were deployed outside the Yangon city hall.
The country’s state TV and radio, Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV), said in its Facebook page that it has not been able to broadcast regularly due to “communication problems.”
BBC also reported that telephone and internet connections are cut in Naypyitaw.
Myanmar’s regional chief ministers were also taken away after soldiers visited their homes, BBC said, citing family members of the ministers.
An alleged photo made in the country as the political figures were detained was shared online. Local media shared the video records hours before the military coup shows army vehicles speeding down the highway towards the capital city Naypyidaw. Last week Australia and a number of other countries told Myanmar military not to do a coup
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