Myanmar shuts down all flights in nation

Myanmar shuts down all flights in nation

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The Newest on the navy takeover in Myanmar (all instances native):

3:10 p.m.

Myanmar’s authorities company answerable for air journey says it has stopped all passenger flights within the nation.

The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar mentioned on its Fb web page that the highway to the worldwide airport in Yangon, the nation’s s greatest metropolis, had been closed Monday. On Twitter it mentioned that “stories point out that every one airports in Myanmar are closed.”

The U.S. Embassy additionally issued a “safety alert” saying it was conscious of the detention of Myanmar’s chief Aung San Suu Kyi in addition to the shutdown of some Web service, together with in Yangon.

“There’s potential for civil and political unrest in Burma, and we are going to proceed to observe the state of affairs,” it mentioned, utilizing Myanmar’s former identify.

The U.S. State Division earlier issued an announcement say it was “alarmed” by Monday’s navy takeover.

2:25 p.m.

China mentioned it was nonetheless gathering details about Monday’s developments in Myanmar.

China is one in every of Myanmar’s most necessary financial companions and has invested billions of {dollars} in mines, infrastructure and fuel pipelines within the Southeast Asian nation.

International Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin mentioned at a every day information briefing: “We’ve famous what occurred in Myanmar, and we’re studying the additional state of affairs now,”

He added: “China is a pleasant neighbor of Myanmar. We hope that every one events in Myanmar will correctly deal with their variations underneath the constitutional and authorized framework and preserve political and social stability.”

Whereas China’s ruling Communist Occasion tends to favor fellow authoritarian regimes, it has had a fractious historical past with Myanmar’s navy, generally associated to its campaigns in opposition to ethnic Chinese language minority teams and the drug commerce alongside their lengthy, mountainous border.

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1:40 p.m.

Myanmar’s navy has introduced it can maintain a brand new election on the finish of a one-year state of emergency it declared Monday when it seized management of the nation and reportedly detained chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

The announcement on military-controlled Myawaddy TV got here after an earlier declaration that as a result of nationwide stability was in jeopardy, all authorities features can be transferred to navy chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing underneath a provision within the 2008 structure that was issued underneath navy rule.

The announcement mentioned as soon as the election is held, the navy would hand energy to the winner.

Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy get together gained a landslide victory in final November’s normal election, humiliating the military-backed opposition Union Solidarity and Growth Occasion.

The navy mentioned it acted as a result of Suu Kyi’s authorities failed to deal with its allegations of widespread voter fraud and different election-related points.

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11:15 a.m.

U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the detention of Myanmar’s civilian leaders because the navy introduced it was taking management of the nation for one yr.

He expressed “grave concern” in regards to the declaration that every one legislative, govt and judicial powers have been transferred to the navy. “These developments characterize a critical blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar,” mentioned an announcement from the U.N. chief’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

Guterres mentioned the elections final November supplied a robust mandate for Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy to control. The announcement that the navy was taking management got here on the primary day Myanmar’s Parliament was to convene following the November elections.

The navy has argued these elections had been tainted by fraud, however the elections fee final week rejected these claims as missing proof.

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11:10 a.m.

Human rights teams are calling for the instant launch of Aung San Suu Kyi and different civilian leaders in Myanmar.

A navy takeover within the nation was introduced Monday morning on the day Myanmar’s Parliament was to convene with new members sworn in following November elections. The navy has claimed the election was tainted by fraud however an election board rejected these claims as missing proof.

Human Rights Watch expressed concern in regards to the security of the figures being detained.

“The navy’s actions present utter disdain for the democratic elections held in November and the fitting of Myanmar’s folks to decide on their very own authorities,” mentioned Phil Robertson, HRW’s deputy Asia director.

Amnesty Worldwide famous that violence and extrajudicial killings had marked previous coups and urged Myanmar’s armed forces to train restraint.

“The concurrent arrests of outstanding political activists and human rights defenders sends a chilling message that the navy authorities is not going to tolerate any dissent,” Amnesty Worldwide mentioned.

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11 a.m.

Leaders within the Asia-Pacific area are expressing concern in regards to the navy’s actions in Myanmar and detentions of prime civilian leaders.

Myanmar navy tv mentioned Monday morning the navy was taking management of the nation for one yr and Suu Kyi and others had been detained. The actions got here on the day Myanmar’s Parliament was to convene with new members sworn in following November elections.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated his nation’s opposition to any try to change the election outcomes and urged all events to stick to democratic norms.

Japan’s Chief Cupboard Secretary Katsunobu Kato mentioned the federal government had issued a security advisory to Japanese residents to watch out within the occasion of doable clashes.

“Japan believes you will need to resolve the issue peacefully by way of dialogue between the associated events based mostly on democratic course of,” Kato mentioned.

A press release launched by Singapore’s international ministry mentioned it hoped all events in Myanmar would work towards a optimistic and peaceable end result. “We hope that the state of affairs will return to regular as quickly as doable.”

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10:15 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expressing alarm about Myanmar’s navy detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and different civilian leaders.

Myanmar navy tv mentioned Monday morning the navy was taking management of the nation for one yr and Suu Kyi and others had been detained. The actions got here on the day Myanmar’s Parliament was to convene with new members sworn in following November elections.

“We name on Burmese navy leaders to launch all authorities officers and civil society leaders and respect the desire of the folks of Burma as expressed in democratic elections on November 8,” Blinken mentioned in an announcement from Washington. “The US stands with the folks of Burma of their aspirations for democracy, freedom, peace, and improvement. The navy should reverse these actions instantly.”

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9 a.m.

Myanmar navy tv says the navy has taken management of the nation for one yr.

An announcer on military-owned Myawaddy TV made the announcement Monday morning. The announcement follows days of concern about the specter of a navy coup and comes because the nation’s new Parliament session was to start.

The Irrawaddy, a longtime on-line information service, reported that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi, the nation’s prime chief, and the nation’s president, Win Myint, had been each detained earlier than daybreak Monday. The information service cited Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for Suu Kyi’s ruling Nationwide League for Democracy get together.

Its report mentioned that the get together’s Central Government Committee members, lawmakers and regional Cupboard members had additionally been taken into custody.

The U.S., Australia and others have expressed concern in regards to the actions.

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8:40 a.m.

The U.S. and Australia have expressed involved a couple of reported coup in Myanmar and urged its navy to respect the rule of legislation.

“The US is alarmed by stories that the Burmese navy has taken steps to undermine the nation’s democratic transition, together with the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and different civilian officers in Burma,” White Home spokesperson Jen Psaki mentioned in an announcement from Washington. Burma is the previous identify of Myanmar.

She mentioned President Joe Biden had been briefed on the reported developments.

“The US opposes any try to change the end result of current elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition, and can take motion in opposition to these accountable if these steps should not reversed,” the assertion mentioned.

Australian International Minister Marise Payne referred to as for the discharge of Suu Kyi and others detained. “We strongly assist the peaceable reconvening of the Nationwide Meeting, in line with the outcomes of the November 2020 normal election,” she mentioned.

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7:15 a.m.

Studies says a navy coup has taken place in Myanmar and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained underneath home arrest.

On-line information portal Myanmar Now cited unidentified sources in regards to the arrest of Suu Kyi and her get together’s chairperson early Monday and didn’t have additional particulars.

All communications to Naypyitaw appeared to have been lower, and Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy get together couldn’t be reached.

Myanmar lawmakers had been to collect Monday for the primary session of Parliament since final yr’s election, with pressure lingering over current feedback by the navy that had been extensively seen as threatening a coup.

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