2021 Myanmar coup d'état

A coup d'état in Myanmar began on the morning of 1 February 2021, when democratically elected members of the country's ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were deposed by the Tatmadaw—Myanmar's military—which then vested power in a military junta. Acting president Myint Swe proclaimed a year-long state of emergency and declared power had been transferred to Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing. It declared the results of the November 2020 general election invalid and stated its intent to hold a new election at the end of the state of emergency.[11][12] The coup d'état occurred the day before the Parliament of Myanmar was due to swear in the members elected at the 2020 election, thereby preventing this from occurring.[13][14][15] President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained, along with ministers, their deputies, and members of Parliament.[16][17]

2021 Myanmar coup d'état
Part of the internal conflict and political crisis in Myanmar

Deposed State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (right)
Date1 February 2021; 2 years ago (2021-02-01)

Military coup d'état successful


Government of Myanmar


Commanders and leaders
Aung San Suu Kyi
(State Counsellor of Myanmar)
Win Myint
(President of Myanmar)
Min Aung Hlaing
(Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services)
Myint Swe
(Vice-President of Myanmar)

On 3 February 2021, Win Myint was charged with breaching campaign guidelines and COVID-19 pandemic restrictions under section 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law. Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with breaching emergency COVID-19 laws and for illegally importing and using radio and communication devices, specifically six ICOM devices from her security team and a walkie-talkie, which are restricted in Myanmar and need clearance from military-related agencies before acquisition.[18] Both were remanded in custody for two weeks.[19][20][21] Aung San Suu Kyi received an additional criminal charge for violating the National Disaster Act on 16 February,[22] two additional charges for violating communications laws and an intent to incite public unrest on 1 March and another for violating the official secrets act on 1 April.[23][24]

As of 29 March 2022, at least 1,719 civilians, including children, have been killed by the junta forces and 9,984 arrested.[25] Three prominent NLD members also died while in police custody in March 2021,[26][27] and four pro-democracy activists were executed by the junta in July 2022.[28]

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