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Anger and anxiety in Yangon: ‘I don’t want the coup’

Many people in Yangon knew when they awoke that something was wrong. Rumours of an impending coup had been circulating for days. Now mobile internet services were no longer working and phone lines were down. Some television stations had been taken off air.

By 8.30am it was official: the military had taken power. A decade after Myanmar began its fraught journey towards democracy, it was once again under direct army rule.

“My mum shook me awake with the news that Aung San Suu Kyi had been detained. I was shocked and didn’t know how to respond,” said a 25-year-old woman. She, like many, rushed out to buy groceries, and on the way home she cried. “I feel so angry and so anxious,” she said.

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