What is happening in Myanmar?
The Myanmar military took over the government on February 1, 2021, and declared a year-long state of emergency after a general election in November 2020 was held in the country, in which National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader Aung San Suu Kyi won.
This happened as the armed forces backed the Opposition's claims of election fraud. According to the election commission, there was no evidence to support these claims.
Suu Kyi and many of her supporters were then held at an unknown location. She has been charged with possession of illegal walkie-talkies, violating COVID-19 norms during last year's election campaign, publishing information that may "cause fear or alarm" and more.
Currently, military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing is in power.
Since the coup, many teachers, lawyers, students, bank officers, government workers and others have been protesting the military and the security forces are clashing with them using water cannon, rubber bullets and live ammunition. More than 500 have been killed as of now.
The Myanmar military is facing huge backlash and international sanctions for its handling of the situation. Hlaing says his governance will lead Myanmar to democracy but agitators do not believe him.