Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, along with other leading figures from the ruling party, including the country’s president, were arrested on Monday. Earlier in the day, there was a raid by the military, according to the spokesman for the National League for Democracy, the government party. This situation occurs after the last elections, which the Army says were fraudulent. The arrests have occurred after several days of tensions between the civilian government and the Army, which has generated fears that it is a coup.

As the day progresses, these suspicions are greater, since the military has taken control of communications and the Yangon City Council, according to some journalists present in the area. A few hours later, the military announced on public television that a state of emergency had been declared. They also announced that the arrests are due to alleged electoral fraud. Spokesman Myo Nyunt told Reuters by phone that Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other leaders had been “kidnapped” in the early hours of the morning. “We have heard that she is being detained in Naypyidaw the capital of the country, we assume that the Army is organizing a coup, Myo Nyunt told the local news agency on Monday.

I want to tell our people not to respond rashly and I want them to act according to the law,” Nyunt added, adding that he also expected to be arrested. Telephone lines to Naypyitaw, the capital, were not accessible in the early hours of Monday. Public television also stopped broadcasting, he was increased by suspicions of a riot. Shortly afterward there were also problems with internet access. A military spokesman did not respond to phone calls to comment on the arrests. The first reactions came from the United States and Australia, which called on the military for the “immediate” release of political leaders in Burma. An NLD lawmaker, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said another of the detainees was Han Thar Myint, a member of the party’s central executive committee.


Just hours before these events, the Myanmar military, which last week refused to rule out a coup to annul the electoral result, said on the eve of the first meeting of the new parliament that it remains committed to democracy. The new parliament was scheduled to meet on Monday for the first time since the November elections, which were overwhelmingly won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, but which, according to the army, were affected by fraud. Already on Friday, a group of Western powers, including the United States, issued a joint statement in which they warned against “any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition.”In a statement Sunday, the military accused foreign diplomats of making “unwarranted assumptions.”The Army will do everything possible to adhere to the democratic standards of free and fair elections, as established by the 2008 Constitution, lasting peace and inclusive well-being and prosperity for the people of Myanmar,” it said in the statement posted on Facebook.


On Wednesday, Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing pointed out in a speech to military personnel that the Constitution should be abolished if it is not complied with, which had been interpreted as a veiled threat in a country that was subjected to a dictatorship. military between 1962 and 2011, when the transition to democracy began. The alleged irregularities were first denounced by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the former government formation created by the previous military junta before dissolving.