Trump allies cower after Capitol insurrection, while Myanmar protests for democracy

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It was mere months ago that a country’s commander in chief, having lost a hard-fought election, blamed voter fraud for his party’s failure and justified overturning the election results via force.

Only this coup was not carried out by baristas posting as QAnon shamen or flag-wielding MAGA enthusiasts. It was carried out by the Myanmar military, which took control of the country in a predawn coup on Feb. 1 after detaining State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“I believe that a free and fair election is the lifeblood of the multiparty democracy system,” said Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, commander in chief of Myanmar’s military, in a speech after the coup.

‘Concerned for voting fraud’

Earlier, the incumbent National League for Democracy Party had captured 396 out of 476 seats, handing control to Suu Kyi for another five years. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party won only 33 seats, triggering Min Aung Hlaing’s declarations of voter fraud.

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