Myanmar Military Leaders Stage Coup; Christians Turn to Prayer

The header photo shows the Mandalay Regional Government office being blocked off by the military after the coup. (Kantabon, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

The military of Myanmar has staged a coup, detaining several senior politicians. Internet, phone, and television access were blocked around the capital of Naypyitaw.

The military party suffered badly in last years’ elections but claim fraud cost them votes. However, no evidence of voter fraud has been offered, and Myanmar officials have unanimously rejected these claims.

The move stalls progress towards democracy that Myanmar has made in recent years. The U.S. and many other countries have demanded the military release all political officials and respect the election results.

The military threatened a takeover last week and deployed large numbers of armored cars in several cities. The new parliamentary session was scheduled to begin on Monday.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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