lol (kyiviansnow) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Celebrities post about Myanmar military coup

From Wednesday night (3 Feb) onwards, social media has been progressively blocked throughout Myanmar, including Facebook and associated platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram. This is in response to growing discontent over a military coup that took place in early Monday (1 Feb) local time, which saw the arrest of State Counsellor (a Prime Minister equivalent) Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK) and other political leaders in both the capital Naypyidaw and the outlying regions.

Since 2010-2011, Myanmar has notionally operated as a parliamentary democracy overseen by a miliary junta, with the military and elected political leaders co-sharing power. The most recent elections in November 2020 saw ASSK's National League of Democracy win a crushing majority (396/476) in parliament, while the military proxy party won a humiliating 33 seats. This began accusations of fraud from the military, which threatened to take action using all available options, and culminated in the coup on Monday morning despite previous (non)denials of it taking place.

A compilation of celebrity reactions can be found below:

Singer Rihanna

K-pop star Jay Park

As a sign of peaceful protest against the coup, Katniss Everdeen's Three Finger Salute from The Hunger Games has also gone viral, being used by everyone from athletes and celebrities to medical workers.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Tags: asian celebrities, cpop / jpop / kpop, news / news anchors, politics, rihanna, the hunger games

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