Mixed emotions in Myanmar after the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi
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Mixed emotions in Myanmar after the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

Thousands of people supporting Myanmar military commander Min Aung Hlaing today poured into the central streets of Yangon, the country’s largest city.

`Today is a day when the people are happy,` a monk told a crowd of military supporters.

Supporters of General Min Aung Hlaing took to the streets in Yangon on February 1.

However, many people in the same city are worried, angry and depressed.

`We had a legal election. People voted for the people they supported. Now we are not protected by the law, everyone feels insecure and afraid,` Theinny Oo, development consultant

Information about the military’s arrest of Ms. Suu Kyi was published in the media in the context of Internet and mobile connections across Myanmar being shut down.

The markets are filled with people looking to buy necessities to stock up.

There were no signs of anti-military protests in Yangon or the capital Naypyidaw, despite the NLD party’s Facebook account saying Ms. Suu Kyi called on people to `not accept the coup` and take to the streets to protest.

Mixed emotions in Myanmar after the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi

A military checkpoint in the capital Naypyidaw on February 1.

Ms. Suu Kyi was praised by the people of Myanmar and the world as a symbol of the fight for freedom when she stood up against the military government despite being under house arrest for 15 years.

The election of her NLD party in 2015 brought hope for change in the country.

However, in recent years, Suu Kyi’s international reputation has suffered due to allegations of ethnic conflict with Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya community.

The NLD party won with 346 out of 412 parliamentary seats.

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