Massive protests took place in Myanmar’s capital Yangon and other cities demanding the restoration of the democratically elected government. The Irrawady reported that popular protests against the recently imposed military rule began to gather steam on Saturday in the country’s business hub, Yangon, before spreading to other cities on Sunday, from Kachin’s jade town of Hpakant in the north to the capital Naypyitaw, Mandalay, Magwe, and the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bagan in central Myanmar, to Myawaddy, a border town in the country’s south. There were also marches in Pathein in the Irrawaddy Delta and the ruby town of Moegyoke
The 2021 Myanmar coup d’état began on the morning of 1 February when democratically elected members of Myanmar’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy, were deposed by the Tatmadaw—Myanmar’s military—which vested power in a stratocracy. The Tatmadaw declared a year-long state of emergency and declared power had been vested in Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing. The coup d’état occurred the day before the Parliament of Myanmar was due to swear in the members elected at the November 2020 general election, preventing this from occurring. President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained, along with ministers and their deputies and members of Parliament.