In the early morning of February 1 local time, Myanmar’s military detained state councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Wen Min and others, then took over the state power and declared a one-year state of emergency. According to the associated press and Capitol Hill news, on February 1, local time, US President Biden issued a statement condemning this and “threatening” to impose new sanctions on Myanmar.
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Biden said in a statement that Myanmar’s military action was a direct attack on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law;. &”In the past decade, the United States has lifted sanctions against Myanmar based on its democratic process. &Biden further said that he would take action against the person in charge of the incident. When this process reverses, it forces us to immediately review the sanctions laws and relevant institutions, and then take appropriate action. ”
Biden also said that the international community should work together to support Myanmar’s “restoration of democracy and the rule of law” and jointly call on the Burmese military to immediately hand over the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they hold, lift all communication restrictions and avoid violence against civilians. ”
The White House has previously said that if Myanmar’s leaders are not released, they will take action against those responsible for it. U.S. Secretary of state Lincoln also called on Myanmar’s military leaders to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained people; We call on Myanmar’s military leaders to release all (detained) government officials and civil society leaders, and respect the will expressed by the Burmese people on November 8, 2008, and the United States supports the Burmese people’s aspirations for democracy, freedom, peace and development. The military must correct these actions immediately. ”
Some western countries and media use “coup” to describe the situation. But the Burmese military insists that it is acting in accordance with the Constitution and intends to respond to “election fraud.”. Tensions between Myanmar’s civilian government and military escalated after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won an overwhelming 83% election last November.
Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement on the 1st that the military has put the country back under dictatorship. She also urged the public not to accept the coup launched by the military, and called on the public to protest.
Myanmar military’s latest release!
Myanmar’s military announced a large-scale restructuring of Myanmar’s current government in a statement released on television on the evening of the 1st.
Ministers of 11 central government departments, including the Ministry of foreign affairs, the Ministry of national defense, the Ministry of border affairs, the Ministry of planning, finance and industry, the Ministry of investment and foreign economic relations and the Ministry of international cooperation, were replaced, the statement said. Twenty four vice ministers of 19 central government departments, including the Ministry of state and capital, the Ministry of planning, finance and industry, and the Ministry of Commerce, were dismissed.
According to the official information of Myanmar, the current Myanmar government is composed of 24 ministries. This reorganization involves most government departments.
Myanmar’s president Wen Min, state minister Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior officials of the National League for democracy were detained by the military early in the morning of the 1st. Myanmar’s military then announced that a one-year state of emergency has been implemented and state power has been transferred to the commander-in-chief of the national defense force.
On January 1, Myanmar president Wen Min, state minister Aung San Suu Kyi and some senior NLD officials were detained by the military. Myanmar’s military has declared a one-year state of emergency.
Vice president of Myanmar Wu Minrui becomes acting president
On the morning of February 1 local time, Myanmar’s military television announced that vice president Wu Minrui, elected by military officers and members of Parliament, would take the presidency.
All domestic and international flights in Myanmar are suspended
Affected by the state of emergency announced by Myanmar’s military, the international and domestic entrances and exits in Yangon were closed at 5:30 a.m. local time on February 1, and all flights were cancelled. Many passengers who have been tested for new coronavirus and are ready to take the plane are blocked.
It is also understood that the flights of Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and other airlines have been completed before the end of January, and there is no flight arrangement in February. At present, there are no reports of Chinese passengers stranded at Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport.
People in Myanmar rush to buy necessities
On the morning of February 1 local time, after Myanmar’s military announced taking over power, a large number of people rushed to buy rice, oil and other necessities in Yangon, Mandalay and other places. At the same time, there was a long line in front of the bank’s ATM.