In a matter of hours on Monday morning, Myanmar’s short-lived adoption of consultant authorities got here to an unceremonious finish when the navy rounded up the nation’s civilian management and successfully declared a coup d’état.
With tanks and helicopters, troopers and cops, the navy 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 navy 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 beneath home arrest. And the destiny of 54 million residents is as soon as once more unknown.
A navy 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 because the nation’s Nov. 8 elections, however the navy 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 bunch of cops had 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 town’s airport.
The inventory market and business banks had been closed, and lengthy strains had been seen at A.T.M.s, like this one in Yangon.
Protests in opposition to the Burmese navy erupted all over the world, together with one in Tokyo the place demonstrators positioned tape over the face of Myanmar’s navy chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
One other protest befell exterior the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok. 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 positioning of a number of pro-democracy protests.