Anti-Coup Protests in Myanmar Expand As New Arrests Are Made of Pro-Suu Kyi Officials

The Myanmar military, also known as Tatmadaw, has arrested the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint amid claims of election fraud. The coup ended 10 years of democratic rule, which were preceded by decades of military rule.

Hundreds of teachers and students poured onto the streets of Myanmar’s largest city Yangon after the country’s military, Tatmadaw, expanded their arrests of Myanmarese officials on 5 February in the follow up to the 1 February coup. A new wave of protests has hit the country hours after the military arrested Win Htein – a key aide to state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi – and Win Myint, the country’s president According to some estimates around 130 officials have been detained by the military so far.

More than 200 students and their teachers at Yangon’s Dagon University organised a rally to oppose the military coup, singing songs of revolution and giving the three-finger salute, which became a symbol of Myanmarese pro-democracy movements.

Dagon University’s students chanted “Long live Mother Suu” referring to state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the former political prisoner and one of the iconic figures of the Democratic protests in Myanmar that eventually ended with a transition from military rule to civilian control of the government.

Before 1 February, Suu Kyi served as state counsellor – equivalent to the prime minister – and as minister of foreign affairs. She also remains general secretary of the National League for Democracy…

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