PE teacher performs an exercise in front of a military coup

Naypyidaw: The military coup in Myanmar took a humorous turn when a video went viral showing an oblivious PE teacher in Myanmar calmly giving a virtual class of workout as a military coup unfolded behind her.

A video making rounds on social media showed that a fitness instructor Khing Hnin Wai was exercising in the capital Naypyidaw while black SUVs were leading to the Assembly of the Union complex.

The dancer did not notice that a democratic government was being toppled behind her and she continued her workout as the military convoy was approaching parliament.

Some social media viewers suggested that the video could be fake. However, on Tuesday, Khing on social media revealed that the video was real, adding she had been filming her dance outside the assembly for at least a year.

Khing aged 26 is a PE teacher and employee of Myanmar’s Ministry of Education. Khing on her Facebook wrote that she starts her morning with an outdoor workout at that location and at the time of coup she was filming for a fitness competition.

As she was continuing her dance in neon clothing, the military vehicles appeared in the background to seize power by detaining state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi along with her party’s other senior leaders. Later, Khing added, she witnessed helicopters and additional convoys with heavy weapons passing her.

The video of dance gone viral across the world, grabbing millions of views, with comical comments. One person said it was the first great art of the 21st century.

The latest coup in the south-east Asian country has invited international condemnation and criticism. United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the coup writing on Twitter that the imprisonment of leaders in Myanmar was unlawful. He urged that the vote of the people must be respected and that the civilian leaders must be released.

President Joe Biden-led US administration considering the imposition of sanctions on Myanmar, however, the UN Security Council has failed to agree on a joint statement condemning the coup. The two hours long emergency meeting failed as China vetoed and opposed the UK-drafted statement.

The statement was tabled for consideration of the 15-member council seeking to send a clear signal collectively in support of democracy. Myanmar’s army in a statement said that the administration had refused to act against election fraud. Imposing a one-year emergency, the military said that it seized power to scrutinize the voter lists.

A spokesperson for White House said that President Joe Biden had been briefed about the prevailing situation and developments in Myanmar.

According to spokeswoman Jen Psaki statement, the United States opposed the attempt to alter the results of recent elections or impeding democratic transition. The US warned that it would take action against responsible if Myanmar military’s steps were not reversed.

The Australian government expressed concerns on the development that Myanmar military once again seized control of Myanmar. The Australian government has called for the immediate release of the unlawfully detained leaders.

Meanwhile, Japan said it had no plans to repatriate Japanese nationals from Myanmar but it was closely watching the situation.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 75, suffered decades of house arrest in the struggle for democracy that turned her into an international icon and she came to power after 2015 election win.

Despite she remained popular but her international reputation was compromised after millions of Rohingya fled from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state in 2017 after atrocities and brutalities by Buddhist extremists and army operations.

Last week, tensions between civil-military relations increased when a military spokesman refused to rule out a coup ahead of the new parliament.

Tanks were deployed in some streets and pro-military demonstrations took place in some cities ahead of the first assembly of parliament. The military seemed to be backtracking on the weekend, stating that it would take every possible step to adhere to the democratic norms of free and fair elections.

Myanmar’s constitution was published in 2008 after decades of military rule. The constitution reserves 25% shares in Parliament seats for the military and control of three key ministries in Suu Kyi’s administration.

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